Macomb County emergency assistance.

Macomb County provides social services and emergency assistance to families from three Community Action Centers that operate across the county. The locations provide support and financial assistance to low income individuals who live in the region. Programs offer rental assistance, funds for electric bills, food, and information and referrals, among many other resources.

The agency that runs the centers, which is the Macomb County Community Services Agency, does have limited funding and resources available. Priority is usually given to families with children, senior citizens, and the disabled. The Action Centers offer support services and they also serve as an intake point for other MCCSA emergency assistance programs. The Macomb based Community Operations Group oversees the operations at the three centers, and they are the best place to call for additional information. If you have general questions of the types of programs offered and next steps, dial 586-469-5222.

Emergency financial assistance and support services

Your local Macomb County Community Action Center can help with one or more of the following services. Applicants need to meet certain income levels and other conditions. Some programs and aid may be offered directly by the agency, and in some cases they may refer individuals to other non-profits, social service agencies or government programs.

Get assistance with applying for and finding deliverable home heating fuels such as propane, fuel oil, wood, kerosene and coal.

Housing assistance, which can include rent and/or mortgage help. Low-income housing information and information on rentals can be offered.

Weatherization programs and other energy conservation resources. Register and sign up for this service at the agencies. In general, weatherization improvements may be able to reduce energy use and save an average of 30 percent on heat/utility bills. A free home energy audit determines which measures will be installed and will help the homeowner save money.





Funds for utilities and heating bills, including resources such as LIHEAP.

Food assistance programs are provided by The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP), Focus: HOPE food for seniors (CSFP - Commodity Supplemental Food Program), and government commodities. Read more TEFAP food program.

Free federal and state of Michigan income tax preparation.

An important service offered is information and referrals to non-profits and government assistance programs. The agency can direct people to various other charities and financial assistance programs.

Other programs offered in Macomb County include Early Head Start and Head Start preschool (which is for ages 0-5). Community staffs interact closely with families on a wide variety of early education as well as childhood development topics. Specific services include early literacy, assistance with pre- and post-natal care, health care, nutrition, positive parent-child activities, parent education, as well as social services.

Both of the Macomb County Head Start programs also embrace a comprehensive vision of health and dental care for children, families and staff. The goal of these services is to support healthy development by promoting positive, culturally relevant health behaviors that enhance lifelong well being. Get advice on encouraging practices that prevent illness or injury to children too. Phone: 586-469-5215




Hungry people can turn to the Macomb Food Program. There is an Emergency food pantry at the South Action Center that was created to support this mission of feeding the hungry and low income. A main goal of the Macomb Food Program is to develop and supply leadership in the areas of advocacy, hunger awareness, and generating financial support for the needy. They also provide information on other social service resources that are available in the community. Call 586-469-6004 for information on the food program.


By Jon McNamara

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