Wayne County Michigan public assistance.

Individuals who are struggling may be able to receive help from a number of social services and cash assistance programs from the Wayne County Department of Human Services. Of course various conditions will need to be met by applicants, but the county is determined to offer aid and public assistance to as many qualified people as possible.

Get living expenses paid for, and help finding a job, from the Family Independence Program. Wayne County wants to ensure people can pay their bills over the short term, and also gain self-sufficiency. The resource offers short term cash assistance for pregnant women and families with minor children. Get public assistance for paying for food, heat, utilities, clothing, personal care items, and rent. The Jobs, Education and Training (JET) statewide program can help Wayne County residents develop skills or find a job, as well as offer assistance with childcare and transportation.

Disabled adults in Wayne County Michigan may be able to receive cash assistance and access to social services. Or their caretaker can receive help in supporting the disabled individual. Living expenses paid for can include housing, food, heating and utilities, some medical bills, and similar.

Food Assistance Program, or SNAP food stamps, can help low income families and individuals increase their food purchasing power. The Wayne County Department of Human Services (DHS) determines eligibility for food. However the program is funded by the federal government. Seniors may also be able to receive food vouchers and groceries from another public program, which is Michigan's Coordinated Access to Food for the Elderly (MiCAFE). This can also offer a Bridge card to help pay for medications.

Get help for utility bills from public and government programs including State Emergency Relief, Low Income Home Energy Assistance, and Weatherization.

  • LIHEAP offers federal money to help seniors, disabled, and low income families in Wayne County pay for heating and cooling bills.
  • State Emergency Relief – If faced with a crisis or an emergency, this state of Michigan program may be able to help in a crisis. In particular, public assistance can help when heating or electric service has been or will be shut off. Read more on energy assistance in Michigan.
  • Weatherization Assistance Program – Receive free energy conserving improvements to your home.





Home Repairs are separately offered. This can help a homeowner address unsafe conditions or make critical repairs. This can include replacement or repair of a non-functioning hot water heaters, septic system, or furnace.

People who move to the Detroit or Wayne County Michigan region, and who are classified as refugees by the federal government, may be able to get medical bill help, health coverage, and cash assistance from the Refugee Assistance Program. If you do not qualify for FIP (TANF) or Medicaid, then this refuge program may be able to offer some short term assistance.

The Child Development and Care Program offered by the Department of Human Services in Wayne County may be able to pay for or provide child care. This is usually only offered for low income families who can’t provide for their child care on their own due to employment, a medical condition, or because the family is attending job training.

Home Ownership Services may help prevent loss of a home by offering such assistance as foreclosure counseling and non-profit credit counseling to Wayne County homeowners.

Moving expenses may be covered for individuals and families by a relocation assistance program. Funds for security deposits, rent, and transportation costs are administered.

Burial Services are offered by Department of Human Services. Get help with funeral costs when the decedent's family or their estate doesn’t have enough money to pay for cremation or burial expenses.




Locations of Detroit and Wayne County Department of Human and Social Services offices:

Call the Detroit office at (313) 963-6002, or stop by a center below.

The Adult Medical Services, 2000 W. Lafayette, Detroit
Connor Service Center, 4733 Connor, Detroit
Fort Wayne, 6534 W. Jefferson, Detroit
Glendale/Trumbull, 396 Glendale, Highland Park
Grand River/Warren, 5131 Grand River, Detroit
Grandmont Service Center, 17455 Grand River Ave, Detroit
Gratiot/Seven Mile, 14061 Lappin, Detroit
Greenfield/Joy, 8655 Greenfield, Detroit
Greydale/Grand River, 17330 Greydale, Detroit
Hamtramck Woody Plaza, 12140 Joseph Campau Street, Hamtramck
Inkster Service Center, 26355 Michigan Ave., Inkster
North Central – CFS, 13233 Hamilton, Highland Park
Oakman/Grand River, 4505 Oakman Blvd., Detroit
Redford Service Center, 27260 Plymouth Road, Redford
South Central – CFS, 1801 E. Canfield, Detroit
Taylor Service Center, 25637 Ecorse Road, Taylor
Western Wayne – CFS, 25350 Ecorse Rd., Taylor




By Jon McNamara

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