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Find rental assistance programs in Saginaw County.

Short term rent assistance is available to stop evictions and homelessness in Saginaw County. Low to moderate income families, that have a plan for self-sufficiency, can apply for grants or loans. Charities, churches, and government DHS may offer rental assistance as well as funds for security deposits, transitional housing programs, or even place individuals or families into homeless shelters.

In general, funds are limited. In addition, any agency that will help with some or all of the rent will have some or all of the following conditions.

-The applicant needs to be in a financial crisis and meet income guidelines.
-A plan for self-sufficiency – stability needs to be in place.
-Rent help may be combined with other government programs in Saginaw, such as LIHEAP for utility bills, section 8 HUD income subsidized apartments and more.
-Home or apartments usually need to be affordable or “fair market” rent.

The main point being that if/when any money is paid out to help with back or future rent payments, there are many other conditions in place. Applicants need to be ready to satisfy all other terms and conditions of any Saginaw County housing program.

Saginaw County Department of Health and Human Services – DHS
411 East Genesee
Saginaw, Michigan 48605
Main number is 888-642-7434
They work in partnership with the Housing Assessment and Resource Agency. Based on this, all sorts of costs may be paid. This includes, but is not limited too, back rent or moving costs, storage fees, or security deposits. They also pay mobile home lot rent or even moving costs, such as for furniture or a lease application fee. They also process applications for SER to stop homelessness or pay utility bills.




Project Home and the Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program works with a number of local agencies. Free government grants are used to pay all types of housing costs (rent, utilities, water bills, deposits, fuel, moving, etc.). Partners include the State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA), City of Saginaw, DHS, HUD section 8, and United Way. It is the main homeless and eviction prevention program in the county.
Most of the financial aid for rent and other costs is for seniors, the disabled, and people in or near poverty or a short term hardship. Call (989) 758-4357 to learn how to apply for rent help or other services. Funds come from the Emergency Solutions Grant.

Saginaw County Community Action Agency
Main location is 2824 Perkins St
Saginaw, MI 48601
For information on assistance programs, call (989) 753-7741
Any short term rental assistance (whether a loan or application to a grant) is combined with budgeting and job placement. They also help with electric and gas bills, transportation, housing placement, and disability programs. Funds for paying rent is only one resource offered from the non-profit. Read more on housing help from Saginaw Community Action.

Salvation Army Social Services in Saginaw County
2030 N Carolina St.
Saginaw, Michigan 48602
Intake number is (989) 401-7881





Saginaw Housing Commission
Government office address 1803 Norman St.
Saginaw, Michigan 48601
Phone: (989) 755-8183
They work with the Department of Housing and Urban development (HUD) to process applications for section 8 vouchers. Low income apartments, rent subsidies, and other assistance is offered.

Legal Services of Eastern Michigan
320 S Washington Ave
Saginaw, MI 48607
(800) 322-4512
Free attorneys help low income families with civil needs. One is stopping evictions or representing tenants in housing court. Or get free legal aid in contesting security deposit disputes, applying for HUD section 8, and other challenges.

Shelters and transitional housing in Saginaw County

Several charities (listed below) place the homeless, whether single parents or youth, into short term housing. A shelter or transitional unit also gives meals, clothes, and stability training. Then ready to move out, referrals may be given to rent or utility deposit help and other aid.

Rescue Ministries Of Mid – Michigan
Main address is 1021 Burt Street
Saginaw, Michigan 48607
Phone: 989-752-6051 ext. 142
They offer shelter, transitional housing, and short term stability.

Restoration Community Outreach Shelter
Address of the charity - 1205 Norman Street
Saginaw, MI 48601
Most of the homeless shelter is dedicated to men. Substance abusers can get help too. Food, job programs, information on affordable apartments and other assistance is offered.

Saginaw County Youth Protection Council Innerlink
Location is 1110 Howard Street
Saginaw, Michigan 48601
For placement, call 989-753-3431
A shelter for youth under the age of 21.





City Rescue Mission of Saginaw
1021 Burt St
Saginaw, Michigan 48607
Telephone number is (989) 752-6051
They help homeless women, single moms, or married couples with kids.

By Jon McNamara











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