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Free clothes, back to school supplies and furniture in and around Oakland County Michigan.

Lower income residents of the Oakland County region of Michigan may be able to receive free clothing, household goods, furniture, back to school supplies and other items from local charities. The assistance is available from a local clothing closet, church, furniture bank or even church.

The centers may have vouchers for free items for income qualified families or pass out the items themselves. There may be beds, year round clothes, appliances, and students can get free winter coats or supplies for school, including laptops. The locations in Oakland County Michigan and nearby community, such as Washtenaw, may also be able to sell items from thrift stores at a low cost to the general public, regardless of their income.

A wide variety of basic needs can be met. The free clothing and furniture centers also provide services to nearby counties as well, including Monroe and Washtenaw Michigan. Some of the items in highest demand include free clothing, winter coats, shoes, diapers, boots, birthday furniture for a home or apartment and toys and gifts. Since many of the clothing closets and furniture bank centers rely on donations and contributions, unfortunately they will not always have what you need. But volunteers and social workers do their best to meet the demands.

During the colder months, free hats, boots and winter coats may be offered. There are also school supplies, including shoes and backpacks, are always requested during the fall and winter. Other needs can be as diverse as, and include work attire, infant clothing, and furniture. Call a clothing closet or furniture bank in Oakland County to see if they can help.

Find Oakland County places for free personal or household stuff

Emmanuel Lutheran Church runs a clothing closet.
Address is 201 N River St., Ypsilanti, Michigan 48198. Call (734) 482-7121
The location receives donations of clean clothing from people in Washtenaw County. All items are reviewed, sorted, and then distributed to the needy in the community. The church also partners with the Rescue Mission, Lutheran World Relief, as well as men's and women's shelters in the Cass Corridor. They also offer a medical equipment loan closet, food pantry, and more.




Hope America
Location is 133 W Michigan Ave. Suite 204, Michigan Heritage Building, Ypsilanti, MI 48197. Telephone (734) 483-5362
Clothing is passed out on a first come first served basis, along with food, when supplies are available. Partners with local social service agencies. Single moms or dads can get books, shoes, free backpacks, and other school items for kids under the age of 18.

Salvation Army Ypsilanti Corps Community Center
9 S Park St., Ypsilanti, MI 48198. Call (734) 482-4700
Programs include free Christmas assistance, Angel tree, clothing, food, and winter coats. Other items may be school supplies giveaway events or selling furniture in a thrift store. Some vouchers may be offered for paying for rent, energy bills, or housing. Additional services include children's and maternity clothes, work supplies and clothes, shoes, and more.

The Salvation Army also has a few different locations in Oakland County, Warren, and nearby regions. A clothing closet, school supplies, backpacks for students, winter coats and more is offered. Also offers low income energy assistance (LIEAP) as well as a food pantry to Oakland County families. Social workers will do what they can to help the less fortunate. One location is at 24140 Mound Rd., Warren, Michigan 48091, call (586) 754-7400. The other centers are as follows.

  • 3015 N Main St., Royal Oak, MI 48073. Phone (248) 585-5600.
  • 23746 Greater Mack Ave., Saint Clair Shores, MI 48080, call (586) 773-0190
  • 815 E First St., Monroe, MI 48161, phone (734) 241-0440
  • 55 Church St., Mount Clemens, Michigan 48043, call (586) 469-6712 for intake
  • Washtenaw County Salvation Army - 100 Arbana Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48103, telephone number is (734) 668-8353

There are other Salvation Army programs (and locations) in Oakland County MI and other nearby regions. Many have free clothing closets or school supply programs. Or they help students from K-12 as well as job seekers get the supplies they need for school or a job. Find more details on Salvation Army assistance programs in Michigan, including all counties.

Furniture Bank of Southeastern Michigan
Address is 333 N Perry St, Pontiac, MI 48342. Phone (248) 332-1300
Based on donations, gently used furniture, electronics, couches, beds and other furniture may be offered for free. It is a free furniture bank for low income families, seniors, single moms and others. There may be appliances, computer for students or adult job seekers, dressers and many other items. They also have desks, tablets, chairs and items for at home work or learning.





Troy People Concerned
2045 Austin Dr., Troy, Michigan 48083. Call (248) 528-9199
TPC provides information and referral services as well as other programs to qualified low-income Troy, Michigan residents. Current programs include a food pantry, limited financial assistance to avoid utility shut-offs and evictions. Or get free school supplies for school-age children, end-of-season leaf raking for seniors (when volunteers are available), and an adopt-a-family holiday basket program for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter holidays (when donors are available). The main site is, or please call for additional information about our programs.

Community Clothes Closet - Oakland, Washetaw and nearby counties
Address is 24505 Meadowbrook, Novi, MI, 48375. Call 248) 349-8553
Get free household items as well as clothes for infants up to adults/seniors. Jackets, underwear, socks, school or work clothes, pants, backpacks, boots and more. There may be small kitchen utensils, pots or pans, or other furniture too.

Help is on the Way
The charity is at 5358 South Beech Daly Road, Dearborn Heights, MI, 48125. Phone - (313) 908-7104
Struggling and low-income Oakland County families can get assistance from the clothing closet.

Samaritan House
62324 Van Dyke Rd., Washington, MI 48094. Main number is (586) 336-9956
A general clothing closet for Macomb County is offered.

Society Of Saint Vincent De Paul of Oakland County
There are multiple SVDP parishes in the county that give free stuff. The charity offers numerous social services, clothing, and emergency help to the needy. Referrals, case management, and career counseling may be offered to low income families, including immigrants. Small household furniture may be provided as well, including items for seniors or the disabled for medical needs.

  • Location is 28720 Stephenson Hwy., Madison Heights, MI 48071. Call (248) 591-4396
  • Another Waterford SVDP is at 5395 Dixie Highway Waterford, MI 48329, dial (248) 623-2780
  • Or try 2375 Orchard Lake Road, West Bloomfield, MI 48230. Dial (248) 221-5129
  • 2235 Elizabeth Lake Rd., Waterford, MI 48328. Telephone - (248) 681-6760
  • A second location is at 35192 Gratiot Ave., Clinton Township, MI 48035, dial (586) 792-3500
  • 46408 Woodward Ave, Pontiac, MI 48342. Call (248) 332-0283

Bethel Lutheran Church
Address - 26400 Little Mack, Saint Clair Shores, MI 48081. Phone - (586) 778-0021
May have on site, and available for distribution, maternity clothes and shoes, work items, backpacks, and more. Some centers and charities sell used clothing, furniture, small appliances and toys at a lower cost as well.





God's Helping Hands
Location is 2191 Avon Industrial Dr, Rochester Hills, MI 48309. Main telephone - (248) 852-7400
Free items given to the low income, poor, and immigrants include the following. Find winter coats or boots, hats, school supplies (pens, pencils, notebooks, etc.) as well as some diapers or hygiene items. The charity helps the less fortunate with basic needs and supports them on path to stability.

Rochester Area Neighborhood House Clothes Closet
44 Mill St., Rochester, MI 48307. Telephone - (248) 656-0230
The non-profit provides gently used or new adult, infant, or children clothing. Other resources include small household goods and linens. In addition, a Career Corner is on site and supplies professional, work appropriate clothing to the needy.

Active Faith Community Services
Address is 401 Washington St., South Lyon, MI 48178. Main number - (248) 437-9790
Programs include a free clothing and furniture bank. Winter clothes, household supplies and more is offered.

Ann Arbor Community Center of Washtenaw County
Main location is 625 N Main St., Ann Arbor, MI 48105. Phone number - (734) 662-3128
Provides emergency clothing. Items available are based on donations. Also offers social, recreational and educational activities to seniors and the elderly.

Grace Centers of Hope - Thrift Store
26740 Dequindre Rd, Warren MI, 48091. Phone - 586-582-9334
The charity mostly sells low cost goods, but some emergency vouchers may be given for free items. Find appliances, new and gently-used clothing, furniture, household items, computers or tablets, electronics, collectibles, winter coats, shoes and work attire.

The Mission Prevention Education For Children, Youth and Young Adults
15565 Northland Dr. Suite 702
Southfield, Michigan 48075
Call (248) 967-9561 if you live in Oakland County
Obviously, a focus in on education. School items, computers, DVDs for languages, and more is for youth or people going back to school, even college.

Providence Ministries
Address is 28351 S Gratiot Suite 14
Roseville, Michigan 48066
Phone - (888) 519-9202
A free clothing bank is on site. There may be diapers, birthday toys, school items (notebooks, bags, pens, pencils, belts, uniforms, etc.); professional work attire (dresses, slacks, briefcases, etc.) and more.

The Baldwin Center
Address is 200 Baldwin Ave.
Pontiac, MI 48342
Call (248) 332-3280
A free clothing closet, household goods, shoes, winter coats for students, and maternity items are available.

Grace Episcopal Church
Location is 115 S Main
Mount Clemens, MI 48043
Telephone number is (586) 465-4573
Provides items to Macomb County Michigan families.

Damascus House
Main address is 212 Smith St.
Monroe, MI 48161
Phone - (734) 242-8136







Community Sharing
Location is 2029 N Milford Rd.
Highland, Michigan 48357
Service number is (248) 889-0347
May have baby items, formula, diapers, and personal care items. Sometimes even pet food is available. Also provides free clothing for children, moms, and adults and children.

House By The Side Of The Road
Main address is 824 Phoenix Dr.
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48108
Telephone number is (734) 971-2550

Faith In Action
Address is 603 S Main St.
Chelsea, MI 48118
Call (734) 475-3305
A faith based church that helps the poor and needy. Low cost furniture, cribs, vintage goods, and TV may be sold from the thrift store. Or families in poverty may get boots for winter, hats, gloves, and work uniforms. Students from struggling households can get tablets and other school supplies for kindergarten, elementary or high school.

Neighbor For Neighbor is located at 495 Broadway in the Hart Community Center.
Davisburg, Michigan 48350
Call (248) 634-0900
The non-profit may have small household appliances such as donated blankets, rugs and towels, mixers and toasters, silverware and dishes. Also offers to the low income and needy free clothing for adults and children including hats, mittens, shoes, jackets, and winter boots. While limited, may have emergency financial assistance for paying rent (to stop an eviction), utility and heating bills, and even medical bill payments. Only offered at most once per year to qualified residents.


By Jon McNamara


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