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Marquette County assistance programs.

Find how to apply for financial help and free stuff from churches, charities, or non-profit. Get assistance with paying back rent or security deposits, money for light or utility bills, free food and clothes from pantries, and other aid in Marquette County. There are agencies and charities that help the poor, struggling, and underemployed. The resources are often combined with free transportation, medical care, money management classes, and other social services.

Health care and community clinics

Medical Care Access Coalition, Inc. is a Marquette based community clinic that provides patients with an organized, easily accessible referral and management network for low to moderate income uninsured patients, and the clinic provides patients with access with dignity to quality, affordable health care. Dial (906) 226-4400 to learn more or to make an appointment.

Financial assistance, help for bills and counseling

Salvation Army-Marquette (phone number (906) 226-2241) is a non-profit that provides community services. Some of the resources offered include a homeless shelter and rent assistance through the MI State Emergency Shelter Program. The center will also coordinate basic emergency services including utility, rent, housing aid, limited security deposits, limited clothing and furniture, health care and limited prescription medications vouchers.

The Community Corps Center of the Salvation Army will also have medical and transportation assistance. In addition, the Salvation Army of Marquette Wisconsin also offers youth character building programs, emergency disaster relief services, pastoral counseling, worship services, and counseling. Or apply for free school supplies, Thanksgiving turkeys, or Christmas toys or food boxes. Find more details on Salvation Army programs in Marquette County.





AMCAB - This is the local Marquette Community Action agency. The agency administers the following assistance programs for low income individuals. They run Head Start, Home Weatherization Program, Early Head Start, Michigan School Readiness, Home Rehabilitation, Rent help, Earned Income Tax Initiative a Fatherhood Initiative, Senior Nutrition "Meals on Wheels" and Congregate Meals, Outreach information and referral services, CSFP/TEFAP Commodity Food Distribution, Emergency Services including heating bill and utility assistance.

Those are just a few of the examples of the services offered by the community action agency. In some cases, they may have direct financial assistance for Marquette County families facing a crisis and that have no other options available. For example, if you are on the verge of homelessness, some funds may be offered to make a partial rent payment.

With the cold Wisconsin winters, one of the programs in highest demand is help for paying heating bills. They can provide aid, and also programs that can prevent a disconnection of a residents heating and utility service. Dial (906) 228-6522 to speak to AMCAB, or read more programs from Alger-Marquette Community Action Board.





The Salvation Army also has another location in Ishpeming Michigan. The agency is a non-profit, non-discriminating organization that is involved in servicing low to moderate income families/individuals with providing them access to crisis assistance and fulfilling emergency needs. The non-profit can provide free food assistance, shelter, rent help, utility and heating bill discounts. Asset/Character building programs are offered weekly for youth/adults. They can also advise people on various debt reduction and credit repair, negotiation, and assistance programs. Learn more, or dial (906) 486-8121.

Lutheran Social Services - Provides a variety of programs, including adoption services, counseling services, services for runaway, information on grant programs, housing aid and homeless and at risk youth through the Voices for Youth program, services for homeless adults through the Welcome Home program and services for elderly and senior citizens, and adults with physical disabilities, through HUD funded apartment programs. Dial (906) 226-7410.

Marquette free clothing closets can help struggling families meet their basic needs. Locations, some of which are thrift stores, may have vouchers for free winter clothes, school supplies, work items, or Christmas assistance. Some centers may require a minimal fee or contribution from clients. If a clothing bank is not near you, they may have referrals to other sites in Upper Michigan. Click here.


By Jon McNamara

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