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Sanilac County assistance programs.

The leading agency to call for help, counseling, and self-sufficiency programs in Sandusky and Sanilac County Michigan is the Sanilac County Michigan assistance programs can provide foreclosure prevention, help with bills, heating assistance, food, and other support, such as for rent. Information on the programs offered include those listed below, as well as contact information for the community action agency.

Emergency Services for utilities and food- The community action agency may be able to help people who are facing disconnection of their utility, heating or electrical services. In addition to the emergency services there is sometimes additional assistance provided for deliverable heating oil and fuels as well. For example, qualified individuals may be able to get help with propane, heating bills and fuel oil. As with all programs offered almost anywhere, emergency services will be contingent upon available funding and any potential assistance is provided on a first come, first served basis to people who need help.

In addition, the agency also distributes emergency groceries or food to those people who are in urgent need of help. Emergency food boxes generally contain enough free food and groceries to feed a family for several days.

Foreclosure Prevention - This service offers free and importantly confidential foreclosure prevention advice and counseling services. The goal of the foreclosure assistance is to educate Sanilac County homeowners. Counselors can assist them with various foreclosure prevention options and provide them access to mortgage assistance for which they may be eligible to apply to for help. Foreclosure prevention programs will be made available to everyone in the area who is behind or at risk of falling behind on their monthly mortgage or even their property taxes. Learn more on Michigan mortgage and foreclosure programs. Click here.


Home Repairs - This program may be able to help make home repairs such as new windows, siding, roofs and furnaces to qualified elderly and low income homeowners. Learn more on home repair programs.

Weatherization Program - This program was created to help qualified, low income and eligible renters and homeowners lower their utility bills and control their energy costs by reducing the amount of energy that is consumed in their homes. Services offered by the weatherization program may include improvements such as weather stripping, insulation, furnace repair, and other services.





Food assistance - There are several different programs offered to the low income, elderly, and others who need help. They include those listed below.

  • Emergency Food Assistance Program, which is known as TEFAP, may be able to provide a variety of available commodity foods from the USDA on a quarterly basis. Anyone is eligible for the food assistance, regardless of age or gender, who meets USDA income guidelines.
  • Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) - This government funded assistance program provides free food for mothers, infants and children, senior citizens, and the food provided often includes things such as pasta, canned fruits, vegetables and meats, and dried beans.
  • Senior Dining Centers, Home Delivered Meals, and a meal kitchen can also be accessed.

Many other resources are available from the staff at Human Development Commission (HDC), including referrals to non-profits in Sandusky and case management. Click more information.

Salvation Army of Sanilac County

This non-profit may also be able to offer assistance. Call them for advice, assistance, counseling, and other support. They may be able to offer, or direct people to, financial assistance programs as well. Call (810) 982-2770.




By Jon McNamara











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