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Osceola, Gladwin, Clare, and Mecosta assistance programs.

Most of the resources available are available at the Mid-Michigan Community Action Agency. Funding is limited, however the non-profit will try to help as many low income, unemployed, and working poor families as possible.

The free weatherization program offers energy efficiency. It is a one-time resource for your home and the state of Michigan and federal government can pay for attic or wall insulation and ventilation, Air leakage reduction, Dryer venting and other support.

Food assistance is targeted at seniors in counties of Gladwin, Clare and other locations. Families with children are another priority. The federal government commodity food program is a free service for those age groups that are not currently benefiting from WIC or other programs. They may receive a free box of groceries and general food items once a month.

Emergency food may also be available from Mid-Michigan Community Action Agency and partner pantries in Mecosta and Osceola County. This will be a monthly box, and outreach staff will help coordinate this aid for the low income.

Heating bill and utility assistance will help families stay warm during the winter months. The non-profit community action agency will support families faced with heating emergencies, will try to deliver oil and fuel, and offer other assistance as needed. Priority is for people whose heat will be shut off or that are almost out of fuel. Read assistance with utilities in Michigan.

Community Action Preschools in Gladwin and Mecosta can provide for the healthy development of children and their families. It offers a hands-on, fun approach to learning, Writing Area and Computer workshops, and more. Another similar service is Clare Action! Preschool, which is a fee based service that can lead to the healthy development of your child.

Or look into the federal government Early Head Start program. The Mid Michigan Community Action Agency can direct residents to this free program that is offered to qualified pregnant women, toddlers, infants and their families.




Homeless assistance resources include case management, rapid rehousing, shelters in Osceola, and other services. In addition, those families facing imminent eviction may also be able to qualify for help. The non-profit wants to assist those families in Michigan that don't know night to night where they will be staying. Some of the outreach services and housing assistance includes temporary shelter, vouchers for a motel, security deposits, emergency rent payment assistance, and ongoing case management.

Food and Nutrition from Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) can distribute free nutritious foods. The packages can contain rice, meats, baby food, fresh fruits and vegetables, and whole grains. Other social services include Height, Weight, Iron & Lead Level Checks as well as Free Nutrition Education.

Financial Management and Homebuyer Education can both help families improve their credit and get them into a solid footing to buy a home somewhere in Gladwin, Clare, Mecosta, or Osceola County. Mid-Michigan Community Action Agency may offer a down payment assistance program, financial management classes, and free homebuyer education.

Employment services include counseling and also financial aid for bills and expenses that people may incur during their search. Some of the assistance offered includes Auto Insurance & Minor Auto Repair, Work Supplies (clothes/uniforms, work boots, tools, etc.), job search assistance, and Pre-employment needs.

Last, but not least, free foreclosure prevention is offered in workshops and one on one sessions. If you are behind on your mortgage or expect to be in the future, dial (989)386-3805. Learn about state of Michigan and federal government resources, mortgage assistance from banks, resources such as HARP, and other solutions. Continue Michigan mortgage assistance.





Call the Mid-Michigan Community Action Agency at (989) 386-3805. The main office is located at 1574 E. Washington Road in Farwell, MI 48622. Or click here.

Strawberry Patch Resale/Consignment Store Helping Hands offers assistance for the region. Receive items such as gently used clothing, Christmas assistance, and referrals. (989) 826-1503.

Find information on temporary and transitional housing. Centers across the region, most of which are non-profits, will provide short term shelter to the homeless and very low income in counties such as Gladwin and Mecosta. The low income housing units will be safe, affordable, and participants will also usually benefit from case management services. Free food, clothing, and other aid is often provided too. Continue.

Regional Salvation Army centers support the needy in Clare and other counties. If a location is not near you, then they may have referrals to other chantries and non-profits in Michigan. Some of what may be provided includes funds for paying rent or energy bills in a crisis. Free meals, emergency shelter and boxes of food may be offered, along with Christmas assistance and programs such as the Angel Tree. Learn more.

Listening Ear operates a hotline for residents of Clare County. Clients of the non-profit can enroll into budgeting and credit counseling workshops. There is also help for the homeless and recently evicted, and that includes low income housing, referrals to security deposit programs or food pantries, and other resources, such as loans. Click more Listening Ear.




Eastern Michigan Salvation Army Social Services - In addition to the resources listed above, additional centers serve the less fortunate in the region. Some examples of the social services and aid offered is below.

  • Homeless prevention - Those facing eviction in Clare and other counties may receive funds for heating bills or rent.
  • Help for seniors - Ogemaw, Clare, and Gladwin elderly have assistance targeted at them. Home delivered meals, medications, and referrals may be offered.
  • Hunger prevention - Boxes of food, groceries, and more is available.
  • Find more Salvation Army programs in Gladwin, Arenac, Ogemaw, and Clare.


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