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Assistance programs Washtenaw County and Ann Arbor.

Find charities, non-profit organizations, churches and government agencies to turn to for financial help in Washtenaw County Michigan. Low income families can get free items, emergency financial assistance for their rent or electric bills, food or groceries, referrals and more.

Churches and charities provide free clothes, school supplies, car repairs or Christmas gifts. There are also free diapers near you. Or find emergency financial help in Ann Arbor and the county for rent or utility bills. There is grant money from non-profits, government assistance for paying heating or energy bills, free health care from clinics in the Ann Arbor area, and other support. Locate financial aid along with case management and debt counseling services below.

All of the organizations and charities you will find listed below are nonprofit organizations, governed by local volunteers. They also employ a professional staff and also use volunteers, and each one provides a majority of its resources, services, and programs to Washtenaw County families. Each agency also has an established record of service to the community.

Financial assistance for bills, housing, and basic needs in Washtenaw County

Catholic Social Services of Washtenaw County - This agency is located in Ann Arbor, and can be reached at 734-971-9781. They provide emergency food, homelessness prevention, providing adoption and pregnancy counseling, offer patients behavioral health services, family support, violence prevention and a multitude of other services that are designed for older adults and at-risk families. Partnerships are also in place with other Washtenaw County churches and charities. Learn more Catholic Charities in Washtenaw County.

Community Dental Center is a non-profit dental center in the region. They are involved in providing quality, comprehensive dental care to all Washtenaw County residents with an emphasis on treating persons limited by finances, physical conditions or other factors. Call 734-998-9640 for more information on their services.

Hope Clinic - Located in Ypsilanti. They provide free medical and health care services, including dental care to low and moderate income children and adults without health insurance. They can also provide other basic services including food, groceries and basic needs. There is also limited baby supplies, free diapers and eye care from the Sight Clinic. They do not provide financial help for bills, but rather medical, dental, vision and basic care. Dial 734-484-2989, or the address is 518 Harriet St, Ypsilanti, MI 48197.




The Salvation Army of Washtenaw County - This Ann Arbor Michigan charity supports the entire county. They can be contacted in Ann Arbor at 734-668-8353. The agency provides essential services and emergency aid to families and individuals of Washtenaw County. Programs include a free food pantry, soup kitchen, funds for housing expenses, clothing, a family shelter, or utility bill assistance.

The charity also offer transitional housing and counseling for veterans, heating and utility bill funds, character building for youth, eviction prevention, camp programs, and emergency and disaster relief. Or kids can apply for free Christmas toys, winter coat programs, or back to school supply giveaways. Find more information on Salvation Army programs Washtenaw County.

Packard Health - Located in Ann Arbor: 734-971-1073. Offer health care for all patients, regardless of their ability to pay for the medical bills. They fully integrate mental health care and health promotion. They can help people negotiate existing medical debt.

Legal Services of South Central Michigan - Get free legal advice. Ann Arbor: 734-665-6181. Legal Services provides free legal advice, counseling, and representation to low and moderate income persons and senior citizens, regardless of income, in certain civil legal cases, including foreclosure advice. Click here to find other ways to get free legal help.

Friends in Deed - Another non-profit that helps low income individuals in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, and Washtenaw County offers financial assistance and help with paying bills. The assistance programs will help people meet basic needs such as rent expenses, housing, heating and utility bills. Funds and cash grants are also provided for health, medical bills and employment related needs. These expenses they get reimbursed for may include transportation, childcare, food, clothing, prescriptions and medical needs and food. Dial (734) 484-4357, or read more on Friends in Deed assistance programs.





Ann Arbor Community Center (phone (734) 662-3128) provides emergency groceries and nonperishable food assistance. The non-profit also offers perishable food to low income and working poor once a month. Items available are based on donations to the facility.

United Way 211 of Washtenaw County is a service that helps families in under-resourced and lower income neighborhoods. They provide referrals to government programs, access to cash grants, and offer various educational and life skills assistance programs for families, children and teens, and supportive housing services for families.

Receive information on rent help, grants for paying utility and heating bills, eviction prevention services, and more. There are also employment services, including financial support such as linkage to gasoline vouchers, work clothes, and other job services available from the service.

Washtenaw County Office Michigan Department Of Human Services runs the State Emergency Relief, or SER. The government agency offers qualified low income families, the homeless, or people facing eviction with help. Funds may be issued for paying rent, housing costs, rental security deposits, and utility deposits to prevent homelessness. Grants can also even pay moving costs. SER was intended to people avoid an eviction and assist those who are currently homeless. 22 Center Street, Ypsilanti, MI 48198, dial (734) 481-2000.

Ann Arbor Michigan based GreenPath Debt Solutions is a HUD approved housing counseling agency. Receive free foreclosure counseling and mortgage assistance programs. Call (800) 550-1961. Click here to find additional credit card debt negotiation company programs.

Saint Claire of Assisi Episcopal Church, phone number (734) 662-2449, distributes food up to once per week to those who need help.

Foreclosure prevention and help with property taxes - The county is offering free foreclosure assistance and support with real estate and property taxes. Learn more on the Washtenaw County Foreclosure Prevention Collaborative.

Free food distribution centers - Many families in Washtenaw County need to decide daily between their paying bills, rent, or providing food and meals for their families. To help make ends meet, a number of food pantries, churches, and charity type organizations provide assistance. This may be free food, Thanksgiving or Christmas dinners and meals to anyone who needs help.





While unfortunately the exact amount of aid that can be provided is limited, the fact is that these food banks are very effective at providing short term help when needed. There are about 20 main places to call for groceries and perishable food items. Click here for a comprehensive listing of free food pantries in Washtenaw County and distribution centers.

Washtenaw County residents, as do most people, need help budgeting, increasing their income, and gaining new skills. There are various ways to do this in today’s day and age, ranging from passive recurring monthly income to money management workshops and job placement centers. As but one example, find how low income families can start a passive income.

Emergency rental assistance programs - If you need help with paying rent, security deposits, or information on low income housing units, you do have options and resources available. Several churches, charities, and non-profits offer a vast array of rental and housing programs. Some may have short term transitional housing units or shelter too. While funding is limited and some locations have waiting lists, qualified individuals can still get help under the right circumstances. Find list of Washtenaw County rent assistance programs.

Community Services Group provides support to the working poor and less fortunate. Most of what they offer is referrals, such as to government benefits including food stamps or maybe low interest loans from non-profits that can be used for paying bills or rent. They also have information on services as wide ranging as legal support for tenants facing eviction, local shelters, or landlords that offer low income apartments.

However, case managers from the group also address educational and employment needs, provide help to senior citizens or single moms, and partner with other agencies to advocate and support the disadvantaged. Find help from Washtenaw County Community Services Group.

Faith In Action – For people who have received an eviction notice or utility disconnection, this non-profit may be able to help. The organization provides financial assistance to help in paying heating, water, and electric utility bills. In addition, they will even negotiate with your landlord or utility company to make sure there is clear understanding of expectations. 603 S Main St., Chelsea, Michigan 48118(734), call 475-3305

Free basic supplies, furniture and clothing - Several non-profit clothing closets provide support to low income families, children, and others who are struggling. Stop by for professional work or free school clothing, vouchers, and personal items. There are also free furniture banks as well as household products. Find free clothes, furniture and school supplies in Oakland County area.

Community Resource Center – This non-profit provides financial assistance, cash grants and/or referrals to help pay energy and utility bills in emergency situations. Other support from CRT will include food from a pantry, job placement, and holiday assistance. As funding allows, the agency assists with paying for electric, gas, water bills, and also oil and heating fuel. 410 City Rd., Manchester, Michigan 48158, call (734) 428-7722, or more Community Resource Center resources.







Saline Area Social Service – The Services are restricted to qualifying individuals residing in the Saline School District only. Those qualified residents of the district who are experiencing an unexpected financial crisis and have insufficient resources to obtain essential services may be able to qualify for temporary financial assistance. Grants and funds may be offered for electric, gas, and heating fuel bill payments, prescription drugs, gas money; rent or even property tax payments. 131 E Michigan Ave., Saline, Michigan 48176, call (734) 429-4570 only if in the district.

By Jon McNamara

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