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Rental assistance in Monroe and Lenawee County.

Emergency rental assistance and housing programs are available from several sources. Whether the family lives in Monroe County or the  Lenawee region, when in a crisis there are options such as landlord – tenant mediation, government grants to help with rent or security deposits, and other sources of financial aid. Some charity agencies or churches will also help place a family into a new, low income apartment or pay a portion of a security deposit on the new home.

The goal of the resources are to prevent an eviction. While only a portion of the rent may be paid by the government agencies or a non-profit, they will combine those funds with other services. The case managers can help the person apply for section 8 vouchers or offer information on other federal or state of Michigan programs. Or social services may give a client a voucher to pay for a hotel room.

Any family that is struggling with their rent should call a Monroe County agency below for referrals. A waiting list is usually in place.

Aid In Milan
89 West Main Street
Milan, Michigan 48160
Phone - (734) 439-8420
One time, emergency assistance is available for rent as well as heating bills. Funds can help with other expenses as well, such as medications, and the staff also can place a family into a shelter.

MDHHS - Monroe County Office
Address is 903 South Telegraph Road Suite A
Monroe, MI 48161
Telephone: (734) 243-7200
Government grants are available for very low income families, including the disabled. Funds can help with a security deposit, pay a portion of rent, and even housing expenses. Or apply for section 8 vouchers for a portion of rent. They take applications for SER relief grants.




The Lenawee County office for State Emergency Relief (SER) is at 1040 South Winter Street Suite 3013, Adrian, Michigan 49221, dial (517) 264-6300. Another site is at 781 North Maple Grove Avenue, Hudson, MI 49247, (517) 448-8912.

Monroe County Department Of Veterans Affairs
965 S Raisinville Rd
Monroe, Michigan 48161
For information, call (734) 240-3287
Rent and mortgage help is available on a case by case basis for veterans only. They can also help a veteran apply for VA benefits, access transportation, and prevent a homeless event.

Fairview County Home
Address: 3604 South Custer Road
Monroe, Michigan 48161
(734) 240-3190
The disabled can be placed into transitional housing. They will need to pay a portion of their income towards rent. Staff will help them transition into permanent housing when they are ready to live independently.

Salvation Army has a few centers. Some may offer financial support or cold weather shelter. Clients for any rental assistance are single parents, people in a one time crisis, and others. There is a location in Monroe at 815 E First St. (call 734-241-0440) as well as the Harbor Light at 3250 N. Monroe St. (dial 34-457-4340). Or find more details on Michigan Salvation Army rent assistance programs.

Legal Services Of South Central Michigan
1118 South Telegraph Rd
Monroe, Michigan 48161
Telephone – 734-241-8310
Offers free legal aid to tenants. Free attorneys can help stop evictions, address housing discrimination, or help the low income apply for rent help, grants, and other support.





Ogden Bible Church
Address - 3201 E US 223
Adrian, Michigan 49221
(517) 265-6621
Most of the housing support is is the form of eviction prevention advice or loans for housing or rental costs.

Housing Help Of Lenawee County
307 East Church Street
Adrian, MI 49221
(517) 264-0782
A 90 day emergency shelter is on site. One time financial support for back rent is also combined with  Transitional Housing, job training, and advice. Another program known as Housing First Support Service addresses the tenants challenges.

Lenawee County Mission
227/229 North Broad Street
Adrian, MI 49221
(517) 265-4019
The charity helps struggling and homeless men. Meals, shelter, furniture, employment search skills and more is available. Clients need to save money for their rent or a future deposit expenses.

Saint Mary Of Good Counsel – Dire Needs
317 Erie Street
Adrian, Michigan 49221
Phone - (517) 263-4682

Mccullough Vargas And Associates
770 Riverside Avenue Suite #11
Adrian, MI 49221

(517) 264-2244
A treatment center for substance abusers.

Lutheran Church Of The Lakes
8800 North Rollin Highway
Addison, MI 49220
Call (517) 547-4261
Everything from homeless shelter to free motel vouchers, a few dollars to help pay rent or utilities and other housing services can be arranged.





Community Action Agency – Lenawee County
400 West South Street
Adrian, MI 49221
(517) 263-7861
Veterans can sign up for homelessness prevention and rapid re-housing. There may be grants for rental assistance or a security deposit, case management, and placement into low income housing. Others from for the community can ask for referrals to rent programs.

Tecumseh Service Club
P. O. Box 375,
Tecumseh, MI  49286
Dial 517-423-7662 for information
Financial aid is available one time per year for rent, heating costs, or a mortgage payment.


By Jon McNamara

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