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Van Buren County County assistance programs.

Find assistance with rent, energy bill, mortgages and foreclosure counseling

The local community action agency, Southwest Michigan Community Action Agency, offers all of the above and more. Specifically they offer the following assistance programs.

Foreclosure Mitigation Counseling - This will help homeowners who are behind on their mortgage or who are facing a foreclosure. The program offers foreclosure mitigation between the lender and borrower to help prevent a foreclosure, if possible. Click here to learn more on Michigan foreclosure programs.

Rent assistance - The Housing Assistance Resource Program (HARP) helps the homeless and those on the verge of losing their home.

LIHEAP - (Low Income Energy Bill Assistance Program) - Grants and financial assistance for paying heating and summer cooling bills.

Food assistance - A couple different options, including TEFAP (Food Assistance Program), the Supplemental Food Program, and a pantry which is also available.

Credit, debt, and foreclosure counseling - Get access to debt management, pre-homeownership counseling, financial management, foreclosure counseling, credit repair, and home maintenance. Learn more on how to improve credit scores.

Homeowner Rehabilitation Program - Renovation and improvements of owner-occupied houses in Van Buren Counties.

Continuum of Care is for the homeless in the Paw Paw Michigan region. Qualified applicants may qualify for security deposit assistance or receive placement into a low income apartment.

Call the community action agency at (269) 925-9077 for more information or to apply for help. Or continue Southwest Michigan Community Action Agency.





Discounted or free and/or household products

Eleanor’s Pantry, which is based in Paw Paw, is a partnership and/or a collaborative food pantry that offers free food and household items. The food and support is offered by churches that are located in Lawton, Paw Paw, and Van Buren County Michigan. The food programs are offered for residents of those local communities, and they provide emergency food and personal care/cleaning supplies to people in need. Call the agency at 269-415-0444.

Free legal aid programs

Contact an attorney at Legal Aid of Western Michigan at 344-8113. Attorneys from the non-profit law firm will provide legal help to those who can’t afford a lawyer. The firms secures justice and protects the rights of low income and other persons who are unable to obtain and pay for legal services on their own. They can help with consumer debt issues, foreclosures, predatory lending, and provide help by the provision of legal assistance and council to such low income and elderly persons.

Information and possibly limited financial assistance

The Benton Harbor based Salvation Army services people in Van Buren County. The organization will do its best to meets needs and improves the lives of those low income, elderly, unemployed, and others who are coming within its sphere of influence. The agency can provide information on programs, tips and advice. The non-profit is a part of the universal Christian church and assists others throughout the community without discrimination. Dial 927-1353.

Rent and deposit programs - Find information on possible solutions to preventing an eviction. Both non-profits and DHS in Van Buren County may offer grants or other forms of financial aid. The funds will be used for everything from security or utility deposits to back rent. Click more information.




Groceries and food can be provided from several locations. Families as well as senior citizens and the disabled can call upon a pantry for help. Or they can sign up for services such as Meals on Wheels. Many of the centers also have staff on site that can offer intake for benefits such as WIC vouchers for buying baby formula or SNAP food stamps. Other locations have clothing, personal hygiene items, and much more. Read more Van Buren food pantries.

By Jon McNamara

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