Ottawa County assistance programs.
Find where to get emergency financial assistance for paying bills, housing, rent, medical costs, school supplies and more. There are Ottawa County charities, churches, and government assistance programs that help the low income with grants or loans.
There are resources in Grand Haven and the County. Get free food from pantries, furniture from furniture banks, Christmas toys, or transportation. Or charitable financial aid can help with security deposits or rent, heating or utility bill assistance, help turn the electric back on, and medical costs. There are also free daycare vouchers, debt reduction programs, and other social services.
Love Inc - Tri Cities also serves as a clearing house and a referral agency to government programs, local churches and other non-profit organizations. The organization will provides people with one-time financial assistance and grants to pay rent. Phone number below.
Another local organization to turn to for rent or mortgage help is Hands Extended Loving People. Additional support from the ministry may be furniture for a home, transportation, clothing, and a volunteer driver for medical appointments. Not all services from HELP are limited.
As funding allows, they may be able to provide money to help people pay their mortgage, rent, or provide other housing assistance. Applicants must have used all other government programs before being eligible. (231) 843-6811. Learn more on Hands Extended Loving people assistance programs.
Get free exams, dental cleanings and more from Holland Free Health Clinic. Some minor surgery or extractions may be done. They also offer limited dental referrals for additional services, and can be reached at (616) 392-3610. InterCare Clinic, which can be reached at (616) 399-0200, also provides limited assistance. There are other resources too. Even including charities or government resources that can help pay old dental bills.
Health and medical care
One organization to turn to is City on a Hill Ministries Health Clinic, which offers free medical attention and health care for minor injuries & illnesses. they help people without health insurance. (616) 748-6009. Another of the local agencies is InterCare Clinic, which provides health care services and medical attention to low income and underinsured. (616) 399-0200. More programs that offer medical bill help.
Many families in Ottawa County, and the nation, struggle to pay for prescription drugs. Whether they have health insurance or not, the cost can be prohibitive. There are buyer services, websites, companies such as Needy meds, and other resources for free medications or money saving tips. Find a list of resources, including Together RX access.
Utility bill assistance
One organization to turn to for help is Love Inc. - Tri Cities ((616) 846-2701). This Grand Haven based organization provides help with paying gas, electric, heating oil and fuel, and also even water bill assistance. The agency serves as a referral and clearing agency to churches and other non-profit helping agencies.
Love Inc. provides one-time assistance to clients. Note that this agency serves as a last resort, and applicants need to have exhausted all other resources. In addition, clients of the program need to also participate in various counseling, including debt and budget counseling, and live within the designated service area of Ottawa County.
Five Cap can also provide assistance. The organization administers programs that will assists individuals and families with paying for with gas, electric and also deliverable fuel oil and bills. In addition, they offer aid for utility service deposits and fees for connection, reconnection and hook-up. The agency is funded by several government and local sources including: Community Services Block Grant (CSBG), Walk for Warmth, LiHEAP, MPSC/MCAAA, EFSP and federal grants. Phone (231) 757-3785.
The Salvation Army - Grand Haven (616) 842-3380) may also help. They provide financial assistance and grants at maximum once every 12 months. The programs will support people who are at risk of having their utilities or heating service shut off and who also meet income, age, disability, or other program requirements.
Assistance from Ottawa County Community Action Agency
This local non-profit agency offers several services and assistance programs. Find some of their offerings below, as well as who to contact for help. Dial (616) 393-4433.
- Home Repair and Weatherization - The agency offers housing repair programs and weatherization services to Ottawa County Michigan residents. The programs can help improve and modernize a home, and weatherization can help people lower their energy bills by hundreds of dollars per year. The programs are free or low cost to applicants.
- Food Aid - Ottawa County Community Action Agency provides people with emergency food assistance on a QUARTERLY basis distributed at four locations in the county: They include Holland, Grand Haven, Hudsonville and Coopersville.
- Energy and utility assistance - The agency will provide assistance is an applicant is facing a disconnection. Help is available for paying heating bills, electric and water expenses in order to prevent a loss of utility service. Applying households for this program must have a notice of disconnection of their energy or heating service, they must also meet the income guidelines and have the ability to sustain the service in the future after they receive the short term help.
- Referrals to property tax resources. Many homes continue to have their taxes go out, and people living check to check or on a fixed income often struggle. There is help available, including tax challenges, legal aid and more. Find solutions to help pay taxes on property.
- Social services - Staff from OCCAA can help families enroll into medical programs such as Michigan Enrolls, free income tax filing from VITA, and other case management services.
The community action agency of Grand Haven and the county provides other aid and support too. Continue with Ottawa County Community Action Agency programs.
Emergency financial assistance programs in Ottawa County
Good Samaritan Ministries - They administer the federal government funded Homeless Prevention and Rapid Rehousing Program. This resource can assist eligible low to moderate individuals and families facing eviction from their housing with providing them with grants and financial assistance for up to 3 months.
The agency and program can assist with paying rent, heating bills and utility debts. As funding allows, the ministry may offer payments for up to 3 months. Clients will also be offered a variety of supportive services, such as credit repair, money for moving expenses, budgeting, and other aid. Call (616) 392-7159 to reach the Holland Michigan based charity, or find details on Ottawa County Good Samaritan programs.
Veteran Trust Fund - Military veterans in Ottawa County Michigan may be able to access once a year financial assistance for paying rent, getting money for car repair, mortgage payments, food and gas vouchers, and prescription medication assistance. Dial (616) 494-8854. Learn more on Operation homefront military and veteran assistance programs.
Coopersville Care - Offers a food pantry that provides short term aid, and also a clothing closet. If you need long term food assistance, clients are encouraged to seek other resources. As there are federal benefits including WIC for new parents with babies. Offers utility and heating bill assistance up to once every 12 months. Provides funds and grants for fuel oil and propane in limited quantity, and utility assistance includes electric, water/sewer and natural gas in shut-off status.
Other programs offered include Basic needs (Coopersville cares assistance), Gas money, Holiday assistance, prescription expense/rent payment assistance, as well as even undesignated temporary financial assistance. 180 North 68th Avenue, Coopersville, Michigan 49404, phone (616) 997-8602
Basic needs can also be provided by Love Inc. of Allendale. They have referrals and financial aid as indicated above. However the charity may also offer free holiday meals and gifts, car repairs, clothing from a thrift store, and much more. Read Allendale and Ottawa County Love Inc.
Ottawa County Michigan Department of Human Services. Grants and emergency financial assistance may be provided to low-income households who are faced with a disconnection of their utilities or heating services. Any cash payments made may include the amount needed to continue the service for at least 30 days or restore power. Also, payment may include cash to cover the necessary charges to deliver a 30-day supply of a heating oil or deliverable fuel.
Other resources offered include health care such as Adult state/local health insurance programs and Medicaid. Relocation assistance and Refugee resettlement services can help people get settled. Emergency relief may include Food stamps and Automobile expense assistance. Last, but not least, Child care subsidies, Educational vouchers, and Home rehabilitation should be provided. 12185 James Street Suite 200, Holland, Michigan 49424, phone (616) 394-7200
Ottawa County Salvation Army social services and emergency aid - In addition to what the Grand Haven Michigan centers offer (as indicated above) the non-profit has other locations in the county. Basic needs, such as free food, rental assistance, and shelter may be provided. Some seasonal programs, including Angel Tree for free Christmas gifts or meals or back to school clothing, may be provided too. Learn more on the Salvation Army Ottawa County assistance programs.
Community Action House provides everything from free monthly food to case management and referrals to loans for paying certain bills and rent. Assistance is provided for senior citizens, the disabled, and working poor in Ottawa and Holland Michigan, and they also focus on basic needs. This can include clothing, diapers, and even free Christmas meals or goods. Other services include foreclosure counseling, job training, and credit repair workshops. Read Community Action House Ottawa County.
Homeless and eviction prevention is addressed by both government and non-profit agencies. Funds can be provided for paying a portion of past due rent. Or some of the other housing solutions in Ottawa County range from short term housing to help for security deposits or moving costs.
This support is for Ottawa County families facing eviction. Local non-profit agencies may provide grants to pay back rent and offer mediation services to tenants and their landlord. In some cases loans are used, and the non-profits in the region also coordinate low income housing, shelters, and even occasional funds for paying deposits. Click more information rental assistance Ottawa County.
Free Thanksgiving and Holiday programs help struggling families and/or the poor. Based on donation levels, as well as need of the applicant, everything from games to presents, toys, and much more may be passed out. Many of the charities that participate also pass out food boxes. groceries, or they serve a hot meal on the holiday. Some limited delivery service may be for the disabled or elderly too. Find more details on free Christmas help in Ottawa County.
HUD approved foreclosure counseling
Believe it or not, but the City of Grand Haven Michigan Building and Planning office has on site certified MSHDA housing counselors that can provide homeowners and renters with foreclosure assistance, and eviction prevention services. The program is known as Neighborhood Housing Services. (616) 935-3270
Housing and debt counseling
Another non-profit agency to call for both debt reduction programs and foreclosure prevention is Greenpath Debt Solutions at (888) 776-6735. They as well are certified by the Michigan and federal government Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). the non-profit will giver help to homeowners in Ottawa County and prospective home owners by providing a variety of support as well as counseling programs.
This includes Foreclosure Prevention Counseling, Mortgage Default and Delinquency Counseling, Pre-Purchase Mortgage Counseling/First Time Homeowners Education and Reverse Mortgage Counseling. They also help families sign up for Michigan mortgage assistance programs.
The organization provides counseling in several housing areas that are related to foreclosures, household financial management, mortgage assistance and home ownership. Topics of counsel that are offered include credit and debt counseling, pre-purchase, and of course foreclosure prevention. Find additional programs that help with mortgages.
In addition, work with a credit counselor to learn about such options and programs as credit card hardship programs, debt management, and credit repair.
Community clinics and health care
Intercare Community Health Network provides health care on a sliding fee scale, and they offer primary medical care for acute and/or chronic illnesses. Call (616) 399-0200.
Hackley Community Care Center of Muskegon Heights (phone (231) 737-1335) offers acute and chronic health and medical care to under served, uninsured, and Medicare and Medicaid clients in the area. Services include family medical care, behavioral health services, OB, and nurse midwifery.
City on a Hill Ministries Health Clinic will offer working poor and low income, who do not have health insurance, diagnosis and treatment of minor or acute health concerns, assistance to both state of Michigan, federal government and access community resources and services and referral to other health providers for follow-up and ongoing medical care. Even learn about such options as medical billing advocates. (616) 748-6009
Free food programs
Mel Trotter Ministries, Grand Rapids Michigan ((616) 454-8249) - This center provides clothing, emergency food, groceries and household items for families and individuals in need. A free food pantry provides a 21-meal food box to help meet nutritional needs. Occasionally has baby formula and baby food to offer.
The People Center also offers a 3-day supply of food, canned foods, frozen meats and dry good products. Call (616) 844-6710.
If the two centers above can’t provide the services you need, then there are other emergency food banks and hunger prevention resources. They offer everything from free groceries or meals (from soup kitchens) to government aid such as food stamps, summer snacks for kids, and other assistance. Locate more Ottawa County free food pantries.