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Eviction Diversion Program (EDP)
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Please call the agency listed for your community to receive the most current information on resources available for residents who fell behind on their rent during COVID-19. Some offices may be closed for in person visits, so please call first.
Macomb County – Eviction Diversion Program (EDP) Contact:
Macomb Homeless Coalition
9:00 – 5:00pm Monday – Friday
P.O. Box 856
Mt Clemens, MI 48046
To learn about other funding possibilities please review the content below.
F i n a n c i a l A s s i s t a n c e
5505 Corporate Drive, Suite 300
Troy, MI 48098
Toll free: 866-282-3119
(Macomb County Family Resource Center)
196 N. Rose Street, Suite 30
Mt. Clemens, MI 48043
440 Burroughs St.
Detroit, MI 48202
Financial Assistance for housing can be for a variety of purposes, depending on
specific program criteria and eligibility, as well as funding availability. Limited,
short-term financial assistance can include funds designated for preventing
evictions, helping with utility shut-off notices or reconnections, or assisting an
individual or family in securing new housing. Some programs could be through
Community Housing Network, partner agencies or community partners.
Often agencies providing financial assistance want to be the “payee of last resort”
requiring proof that the applicant sought out help at other places first. It is highly
recommended that those needing help with emergency utility and housing
situations (such as utility shut-off notices or evictions) immediately apply for State
Emergency Relief (SER) assistance through the Department of Health and Human
Services (DHHS). For utility shut-off notices, you will need the shut-off notice to
apply. For evictions, you can apply as soon as you receive a 7-Day Notice to Quit
or Demand for Possession, however, your application will not be processed until
you provide DHHS with a copy of the judgement. You will get a copy of your
judgement at your court date, or you can request a copy afterwards at the court’s
clerk’s office, usually for a small fee.
DHHS will provide you with a Decision Notice within 10 days of applying; you
should bring that notice with you to other agencies, as many of them require that
document. The easiest, fastest way to apply and get your Decision Notice is by
creating an online account and applying for SER Assistance through DHHS’s client
web site, MiBridges. You will be able to view and print your Decision Notice as
soon as it becomes available, instead of waiting for it in the mail.
Create or log into your MiBridges account to apply for SER assistance:
If you prefer to fill out a paper application and deliver it to DHHS in person, be
sure to make a copy of your completed application as proof that you applied. You
may view/print the SER application:
Locate your local DHHS office and contact info:
In addition to applying for SER assistance (emergency housing, utility, and burial
situations) through your online MiBridges account, you can also apply for health
care, food assistance, cash assistance, and childcare assistance, and search for
other assistance and resources. Learn more about the benefits of having an online
MiBridges account, by watching this video.
Most agencies will require proof of the emergency, such as a shut-off notice for
heat, water, and electricity, or eviction notice/court judgement. For other utility
assistance resources, visit:
Agencies often run out of funds at different times so you may have to call several
agencies to find out what assistance is currently available.
Sometimes additional resources are available to certain groups related to
individual circumstances. Check resources geared to specific groups on our web
site, which includes resources for people diagnosed with cancer or other serious
Macomb County Financial Resources
2-1-1 United Way – 1-800-552-1183
If you are in immediate need of financial resources for eviction, utility shut-off,
food, diapers, clothes, transportation, etc., dial 2-1-1 and a resource specialist will
tell you what resources are in your area. If you experience problems dialing 2-1-1,
dial 1-800-552-1183. Alternatively, you may use their text service by texting your
zip code to 898211.
Community Action Centers: Eviction Prevention funds
North: (586) 749-5146 (New Haven)
Central: (586) 469-6964 (Mt. Clemens)
South: (586) 759-9150 (Warren)
Good Shepherd Coalition (GSC) Macomb (586) 307-8888
Assist with funding for evictions, past due or disconnected utilities, and provide
referrals and resources for additional needs. No security deposit funds. Other
resources like THAW funds.
196 N Rose St, Room 31, Mt Clemens, MI 48043
Macomb Homeless Coalition (586) 213-5757
Homeless prevention services for those below 30% AMI: utility shut-off notices,
and rental arrearages. Journey Home Program (income qualifying): security
deposit and rental assistance for families in hotels and doubled up.
196 N Rose St, Mt Clemens, MI 48043, FAX (586) 213-5760
St. Vincent De Paul Detroit 1-877-788-4623
https://svdpdetroit.org/ (313) 393-2930
St. Vincent de Paul Detroit is a major provider of emergency assistance. They help
with food, clothes, bills, and whenever life has taken an unforeseen turn for the
worse. For assistance, please call their main phone line at (313) 393-2930 or 1-
877-ST VINCE (1-877-788-4623), and then press 5 to leave a message. A
representative will contact you regarding your request for assistance.
Salvation Army 1-800-725-2769
Emergency food, hot meals, after school and senior programs, summer day camp,
utility and housing financial assistance when available. Call 1-800-725-2769 (1-
Mt. Clemens, 55 Church St, (586) 469-6712, FAX (586) 469-7310
Warren, 24140 Mound Rd, (586) 754-7400
Trinity Lutheran Church
MC Homeless security deposits when they get vouchers.
45160 Van Dyke, Utica, MI 48317.
Macomb County assistance programs.
In an emergency, Macomb County residents can get help from an agency below. There is a sampling of charities, churches, and government offices which can help with rent or security deposits. They also provide low income energy bill assistance or get free food, clothing, or gasoline vouchers from a pantry. Locate financial help in Macomb County from an organization near you.
Housing is a major need in Macomb County. Low income families may need affordable housing, and there is always a need for utility or heating bill help. Options include: · Low to moderate income families can get emergency security deposit help.
· Legal aid stops housing discrimination and evictions in Macomb County.
· Mortgage and energy bills help is offered including payment plans, mediation, cash grants, and more.
Additional information on all these social services is below. As well free job training, budgeting, and self-sufficiency.
Rent and homeless assistance program
Hundreds of thousands of dollars is generally given to the county and non-profits each year from federal government grants. Charities get the money, and they generally get it provided to them each year in Macomb County Michigan. The funds will be used to provide first month’s rent and also pay for security deposits for those struggling with rent.
Various grants were may provide rent and leasing assistance. These assistance programs provide permanent supportive housing for families and clients who pay 30 percent of their income to cover a portion of housing expenses. Grant money will also pay for remaining expenses and it will provide caseworkers to assist families and individuals in need. Call the local community action agency at 586-469-5222 to learn more.
Social services and emergency help
Two organizations that people can turn to include the Macomb County Community Services Agency (MCCSA) as well as the Salvation Army. MCCSA has three locations around Macomb County. Some of the programs they offer are referenced above, however the non-profit provides various other forms of emergency assistance as well.
While funding is limited, they offer support to people in need include rent and mortgage assistance, energy conservation education and weatherization programs. One key focus is on homeless prevention and rehousing, and that may also include loans for paying a security deposit and help in locating new, permanent housing. Other programs in Macomb County include low income LIHEAP energy bill assistance, affordable apartments, and health care needs. Referrals is
also offered for free food pantries and local charities. Another key service is Meals on Wheels for seniors. Call the agency at (586) 469-6999, or read more Macomb County Community Services Agency.
The Salvation Army Eastern Michigan Division offers Macomb County residents several services and resources. Counselors will work with individuals and families in need to provide them with access to medications, clothing, rent assistance, funds to pay utility bills, shelter, and travel vouchers.
Special Christmas and free holiday assistance programs, such as Angel Tree, or also offered in Macomb County.Or register for free Easter basket giveaways or school supplies for students of all ages. There are more than 2 dozen offices located around the area. Read more on Salvation Army assistance programs Macomb County, or dial 248.443.5500.
Society of Saint Vincent De Paul in the Archdiocese of Detroit can provide qualified low income people with temporary financial assistance and other aid. The organization can provide temporary financial assistance and cash grants for individuals and families who are experiencing an unexpected financial crisis or emergency, and if the applicant has insufficient resources to obtain essential services. They may be able to even provide utility, mortgage, or rent payment assistance. Call them at (313) 393-2930.
The local community action agency, Macomb County Community Services Agency (phone (586) 469-6999) offers numerous grant programs, and long term self-sufficiency resources. Among them include the following. The intake process will refer the client to a service for their needs..
· Assistance with deliverable home heating fuels
· Housing aid, including rent and mortgage assistance
· Free tax preparation · Career and employment resources, including resources from free Michigan job training
· Commodity food program registration
· Weatherization programs that can help people reduce their home energy bills
· Food aid and Meals on Wheels
· As noted, the phone number is a referral service for needy as well as the low income.
Money management and debt programs are often in demand. Case workers help families save and earn money. They also offer referrals to credit card assistance, medical bill programs, car loan assistance, funds to pay for home repairs and many other resources. Even find money saving tips for home repairs.
Macomb County Veterans Services – This agency may be able to provide temporary financial assistance and cash grants to military members, veterans, and their families or widows. Get help with such expenses as paying your monthly rent, mortgage and heating and utility bill payments to prevent utility shut-off. The mortgage and rent help can prevent evictions or foreclosure of military members. 21885 Dunham Rd. Suite 3, Verkuilen Building. Clinton Township, MI 48036. Phone (586) 469-5315.
Michigan Department Of Human Services Macomb County – Mount Clemens District Office – A few different locations of this government office are located around the region and county. The offices are noted below. The government run agency can provide qualified individuals with financial assistance.
Programs are focused on the low-income, disabled, and senior citizen households who meet state of Michigan eligibility requirements. Any form of financial aid is targeted at those individuals when heating, electric or water service has been or will be shut off for the family. Required utility payments are established amounts that DHS expects families to spend on their monthly home heating or energy bill. Human services may also assist with other needs ranging from funeral cots to housing or medical needs.
It is important to note that households that receive financial help from this state of Michigan program will be expected to make required payments for heat and electric, other utilities, rent, food and shelter expenses (or any other items they are supported with) before receiving state of Michigan SER assistance. Locations include the following.
· 21885 Dunham Rd., Clinton Township, Michigan 48036, (586) 469-7700
· 22856 Ryan Rd., Warren, MI 48091, (586) 759-9150
· 16 Market St., Mount Clemens, Michigan 48043, (586) 469-6964 · If these programs do not help, then locate a list of low income programs.
Legal assistance – Whether a Macomb County individual needs advice on housing matters, such as help for an eviction, or obtaining public benefits, then advice may be available. Attorneys or their staff can assist with SSI disability, food stamp applications, and more. There is also support for victims of domestic violence and other low income support. All of the legal aid is free, and it can even address housing discrimination for immigrants or minorities. Click here more information on Detroit area legal aid.
Angels Of Hope – This charity organization can offer cash grants to children with cancer and their immediate family members to help them make it through a difficult period. Grants from Angels of Hope are tailored to the specific needs of the cancer patients and their family but often can include, but or not limited to, rental assistance or funds to pay mortgage, groceries, auto or home repair, food vouchers, utility payments, and gasoline and other transportation gift cards. 47496 Greenbriar Ln., Macomb, Michigan 48044. Call (586) 226-3146 The cost of housing can be a barrier in Macomb County, for both tenants, homeowners, and people seeking to buy property. There is assistance, including the following:
· Rent subsidies from section 8 vouchers and apartments. · Loans for buying homes. They can be affordable, and even find loans that are unsecured.
· Money to move into a new home or apartment, including for lower income residents.
· For more information, try community services in the county.
Water bill programs are available in Macomb County, Mt. Clemens and across the region. Low income customers facing a shut off can apply for financial assistance. The local water provider
also can provide certain customers with discounts, saving plans, or payment programs as well. Click more details getting help with water bills in Macomb County.
Samaritan House – Another not for profit that offers emergency financial assistance and grants that may be used to assist with heating expenses, pay rent, medications or utility bills. They also run seasonal programs for low income families, including the Samaritan Back-to-School Backpacks Program and Christmas Tree gift giving program.
Much more is provided. The address is 62324 Van Dyke Rd., Washington, Michigan 48094. (586) 336-9288 or call a second number of (586) 336-9956. Find help from Samaritan House.
Referrals from Helpline – Residents can reach a call center to learn about local resources. Staff can direct families facing an emergency to a host of resources, ranging from assistance provided by churches to benefits from DHS.
Examples of support may be funds for housing such as rent, support for single moms, food, and more. The bottom line is that many agencies in the region are focused on helping the less vulnerable, and learn more on Macomb County Helpline.
Social services – Several resources and emergency financial assistance programs are run by the government sponsored Community Action Centers. Services provided range from funds for paying energy bills, rent, and food to Head Start and medical care. The centers are located across Macomb County. Learn more on emergency assistance programs Macomb County.
Food assistance in Macomb County
If you need help feeding yourself or your family, Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan distributes food to local pantries and charities. They are one of the primary food distribution agencies in Macomb County. You can call them at 866-GLEANER (453-2637) to find out where to get food in your area.
This is not the only food distribution center in the region. Families and individuals can contact any one of about 30 other location, that offer everything from groceries to meals and clothing. Find more free food pantries in Macomb County.
Rental assistance and eviction prevention
Community Housing Network provides Sterling Heights and other Macomb County individuals with rent and housing aid. Among other options they run the Homeless Prevention and Rapid Rehousing Program. The program offers limited financial assistance that can go towards paying for the leasing of apartments or homes. There are also funds for rental arrearages and overdue payments, security and heating and utility bill deposits, utility arrearages and energy bill payments in order to prevent homelessness among local families. Dial (248) 928-0111, or click here Community Housing Network
Housing and rental support – Tenants facing eviction, or the currently homeless can also get help. There may be funds, or no interest loans, for paying a security deposit or portion of back rent. Mediation and other services are available too. In addition to the programs, agencies, and services listed on this page, find a listing of several other Macomb County rent assistance programs.
Free legal help and advice in Macomb County
Lakeshore Legal Aid is a non-profit law firm that low income and others who can’t afford an attorney can turn to for help. The various legal services that they offer are prioritized to support the clients of the firm in their efforts to deal with civic law cases. Get free legal foreclosure help, help get free of domestic violence, deal with senior exploitation as well as elder abuse. Dial (248) 569-9658.
Another non-profit agency that can help is Legal Aid and Defender Association. Some of the assistance they provide can help with legal issues related to housing and apartment eviction, domestic violence, income and public benefits, predatory lending, wills and probate. Free lawyers also help with income tax, consumer debt, illegal mortgages, foreclosure rescue, divorce, child custody cases, employment, driver’s license restoration, or unlawful terminations.
Or get assistance with personal identification needs, criminal record expungement, and immigration matters and government grants. Call the law firm at 877.964.4700, or click here to learn more about Michigan free legal assistance.
Macomb County community clinics
Downriver Community Services provides medical services on a sliding fee scale. The services they offer include medical, dental programs, behavioral, and educational health and support services, including maternal and infant health, WIC, teen, and family health care, as well as homeless health services and rehabilitation to low income and other patients. (586) 749-5197
Macomb Children’s Healthcare Access Program is located at 11370 Hupp Ave. Warren, Michigan 48089. The center serves children under the age of 18 that have health insurance through Medicaid, the government mains low income programs for medical needs. Call (586) 459-5108.
Debt, foreclosure, and credit counseling
Greenpath Debt Solutions is a non-profit agency offers numerous programs to Warren, Sterling Heights, and Macomb County individuals. A call is on stability and long term self-sufficiency. Among the services offered include:
· The non-profit is a HUD Approved Mortgage Foreclosure Counseling Agency.
· Debt reduction, including credit card and medical debt.
· Mortgage Foreclosure Information including information on Michigan and federal government foreclosure programs. Learn more on Michigan mortgage programs.
· Mortgage Delinquency as well as Free Default Resolution Counseling.
· Bankruptcy advice and legal support.
· Debt management plans and programs are offered by the non-profit. Consumers can lower their interest rates and otherwise save money. Additional debt help programs.
Call them at (800) 550-1961.
(HOPE) Macomb Community Action Center https://mca.macombgov.org/MCA-ES-ActionCenters
Samaritan House http://www.samaritanhousemichigan.org/
Ray of Hope (586) 218 7173
Community Action Centers North (New Haven) (586)749-5146 Central (Mt. Clemens) (586) 469-6964 South (Warren) (586) 759-9150
Good Shepherd Coalition (586) 415-8100
Salvation Army (586) 469-6712
Macomb City Home Preservation/Energy Clinton Township (586) 469-6329