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22 Center St.
Ypsilanti MI 48198-9965
2300 E. Grand River, Suite 1
Howell, MI 48843
6534 W. Jefferson
Detroit, MI 48209
903 S. Telegraph, Ste. A
Monroe, MI 48161
1040 S. Winter St., Suite 3013
Adrian, MI 49221
301 E. Louis Glick Hwy.
Jackson, MI 49201
The State Emergency Relief (SER) Program provides immediate help to individuals and families facing conditions of extreme hardship or for emergencies that threaten health and safety. SER helps low-income households meet emergency needs such as heat and utilities, home repairs, relocation assistance, home ownership services and burial of a loved one. The SER program is primarily designed to maintain low-income households who are normally able to meet their needs but occasionally need help when unexpected emergency situations arise.
101 S. Huron
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
Help for families and individuals in economic crisis, including eviction prevention, (for whatever the need is you must show some thing in writing, like from utility, eviction notice or from the court), housing relocation, finding emergency shelter, and utility shutoff prevention. Emergency food assistance and distribution of personal care items. Limited assistance available for housing-related transportation needs. SOS offers comprehensive services for homeless families. Please see the website for more information. SOS does not have income eligibility criteria.
Provides temporary shelter and supportive services in a safe and caring environment.
Works with the community to allocate resources to meet the needs of the homeless.
4290 Jackson Road
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
Provides emergency shelter for families only who live in Washtenaw County. There is usually a waiting list.
100 Arbana Dr.
Ann Arbor, MI 48103 (several other locations serving all of Washtenaw Co.)
734-668-8353 (Ann Arbor)
Emergency services for low-income families and individuals, including 24-hour temporary shelter at Staples Family Center for adults and families. Food, utilities, rent, eviction assistance, low-cost short-term counseling and client advocacy. The Salvation Army takes clients on a case-by-case basis, however both income criteria and housing status are normally not factors for denial. They urge everyone to call.
220 N. Main
PO Box 8645
Ann Arbor, MI 48107
Aids people facing eviction, utility shutoff and other emergencies. Persons must meet income guidelines. Also offers employment training for dislocated workers and utilizes the Work First program. Follows the guidelines for median household income in Washtenaw County.
1196 Ecorse Rd. (please call - no walk ins)
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
734-485-7658 (administrative line)
734-484-4357 (help line – available Mon. thru Fri. 9:30-12pm)
Friends in Deed is an inter-faith volunteer organization that provides for needs of Washtenaw County residents that are not being met by other human service agencies. This includes emergency financial assistance for basic needs, including transportation and car repair, childcare, clothing, prescriptions and medical needs. Funds also available for unmet basic needs such as housing, utilities and employment needs. Serving only Washtenaw County residents, with a priority towards low-income residents. They will, however weigh all on a case-by-case basis. Friends in Deed is not a walk-in service. You must phone first. Also has a furniture grant program, call 484-7607, need proof of income and residency.
Ypsilanti, MI 48198
Faith-based community development corporation that includes emergency assistance programs providing one time financial and support services to its clients. These include homeless prevention assistance, homeless transition assistance, emergency medical assistance and emergency transportation. Also offers counseling service and workshops/seminars on budgeting and credit management. You do not have to be a POWER client, but these persons are normally served first. POWER prioritizes their donated services on low-to-medium income families – this largely depends on the family size. POWER follows the guidelines for median household income in Washtenaw County.
Business clothing for women only. Call for an appointment and bring a referral letter with you. Hours are Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Other hours may be arranged by appointment. Open to residents of other counties as well.
The Women's Center of Southeastern Michigan is a nonprofit women's resource center based in Ann Arbor. We provide affordable counseling, financial, legal, and job-related services. Our interwoven services work together as a "safety net" to promote economic and emotional recovery. Although our efforts are primarily by and for women, we also welcome men and boys. No referral letter is needed. You do not have to be a Washtenaw County resident.
518 Harriet St.
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
Hope has access to very limited funds to help with eviction notices and utility shut-off notices as well as other essential emergency needs. You must bring proof of income and ID, a documentation of the amount needed and any decision letters from other agencies. From there, you will fill out an application for aid and the social worker at Hope will review your application and contact you.
501 N. Maple Rd.
Ann Arbor, Mi. 48103
Sliding scale available; proof of income required. Primary care for adults and children. Nutritionist, psychologist, and social worker on staff. Call for hours.
Helps low-income customers reduce their unpaid balances by providing a personal payment plan, agency referrals, and follow-up.
To be eligible for enrollment you must have:
- An unpaid balance greater than $300.00
- No record of illegal usage
- A household income at or below 200 percent of federal income eligibility guidelines.
This chart is available on the DTE Energy website.
Shut-off Protection Plan (SPP)
The Shut-off Protection Plan provides year-round protection from shut off and is available to senior citizens aged 65 and over regardless of income, as well as customers with a household income at or below 200 percent of the federal income eligibility guidelines. If you are 65 or older and the head of the household, please contact us so we can update your account.
Central Campus, 333 E. William Street
North Campus, Pierpont Commons
Briarwood, 305 E. Eisenhower (drive-in services)
662-8200 or 1-800-968-8628
Monday-Friday: 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Saturday: 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
University of Michigan Credit Union is a not-for-profit financial institution, established in 1954. University of Michigan Credit Union serves members only. As a credit union member, you have access to a wide range of financial services including savings, checking and loan programs. We also offer a financial advising service and a budget counseling service.
1500 E. Medical Center Dr, Ann Arbor 48109,
Level 2, Near Cafeteria
M-Th: 9AM - 4PM
F: 7:30AM - 5PM
GreenPath Debt Solutions is a non-profit consumer credit counseling service.
24300 Southfield Road, Suite 215
248-557-8811 OR 1-800-5571985
A non-profit, non-denominational counseling ministry that provides assistance in individual budget planning, debt retirement management program, negotiations with creditors, receives & disburses your payments to creditors. Also helps with monthly progress reports and accounting statements. Educational classes are free of charge. Debt management incurs a monthly fee ranging from $29-$49 a month depending on monthly payments.
The Washtenaw County Foreclosure Intervention Collaborative is a collaborative effort through the Michigan State University Extension Office, Washtenaw County Treasurer’s Office, Housing Bureau for Seniors, and Legal Services of South Central Michigan. If you are a Washtenaw County resident and would like to schedule an appointment with a HUD and MSHDA certified housing counselor, please call the intake desk at 734-222-9595. This service is FREE.
The Michigan Homeowner Assistance Nonprofit Housing Corporation (MHA) acting through Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) has received federal funds from the U.S. Department of Treasury to help Michigan take a step forward through a comprehensive, statewide strategy that is aimed to help homeowners who are at high risk of default or foreclosure.
Through A Step Forward: MHA designed programs to help homeowners who have had a financial hardship. This website is the fastest way for homeowners to submit an application for assistance.
Click for more information: www.stepforwardmichigan.org