Material Assistance

Government Assistance


 

MI Bridges

Call (855) 275-6424
Web newmibridges.michigan.gov

Apply for all government assistance through MI Bridges, from healthcare coverage, to childcare, and cash assistance. MI Bridges has a brand new online portal which makes it easy to manage your case, view your benefits, letters from MDHHS, and renewals online.

 

WIC

Call 211 to find your nearest WIC office
Web michigan.gov/mdhhs

WIC is a food program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC). It’s a federally-funded program that serves low and moderate income pregnant, breastfeeding, and postpartum women, infants, and children up to age 5.

Utility Bills


 

Consumers Energy

Call (800) 477-5050
Web consumersenergy.com/residential/programs-and-services/payment-assistance

Consumers Energy offers options for low-income assistance. They also offer a list of non-profit agencies that can help. Please see their website for more details.

 

DTE

Call (800) 477-4747
Web newlook.dteenergy.com/wps/wcm/connect/dte-web/home/billing-and-payments/common/energy-assistance/low-income-programs

DTE works with government agencies and community organizations to bring energy and payment assistance to low-income residents. If you are behind on your energy bill, call DTE before your service is subject to shutoff. They will work with you to set up a payment plan or advise you of assistance agencies in your area.

 

emPower

Call (231) 355-5880
Email inquiry@tnempower.org
Web tnempower.org

True North's emPower heat and energy program assists people who are struggling to afford their utility bills in Michigan. EmPower also offers a Self-Sufficiency program, which includes: heat and energy assistance GED classes and other education programs, career counseling and job search help, child care and transportation, and financial planning classes.

 

Michigan 2-1-1

Call 211
Web mi211.org

Michigan 2-1-1 connects people with information and local agencies for material assistance.

 

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services - DHS

Call (855) 275-6424
Web michigan.gov/mdhhs

The DHS offers temporary heat and utility assistance for eligible low-income families and individuals when heating or electric service has been or will be shut off. Apply online through MI Bridges.

 

St. Vincent de Paul

Call (313) 393-2930
Web svdpdet.org/need-help/energy-assistance

St. Vincent de Paul offers energy assistance to income eligible households who may be in danger of having their electric and heating utilities disconnected or who are unable to pay their energy bills. St. Vincent de Paul has 23 local conferences. To get assistance, call the number above, dial 5, and leave a message. Your local conference will contact you directly regarding your request for assistance.

 

Salvation Army

Map 3000 Conner Ave., Detroit, MI
Call (855) 929-1640
Web sawmni.org/wmni/energy-assistance

The Salvation Army offers energy bill payment assistance, case management, and temporary crisis support for those on energy subsidy programs, or an affordable payment plan.

 

Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency

Call (313) 388-9799
Web waynemetro.org/connect/#energy-utility

Their Home Energy Supports program can provide assistance in paying past-due utility bills including electricity and gas (or other deliverable fuels such as home heating oil). They also have a weatherization program to install in-wall and attic insulation, and eliminate open air gaps throughout the home.

Soup Kitchens & Pantries


 

All Saints Soup Kitchen and Food Pantry

Map 7824 W Fort St., Detroit, MI
Call (855) 882-2736
Web ccsem.org/allsaints

Catholic Charities of West Michigan operates All Saints, a volunteer-based kitchen and food pantry. Hot meals include a meat entrée, vegetable, salad, bread, fruit, dessert, and beverages. The All Saints food pantry is open twice a week, and provides groceries for families in southwest Detroit.

 

Capuchin Services Center

Map 6333 Medbury St., Detroit, MI
Call (313) 925-1370
Web cskdetroit.org/programs/services_center

The Capuchin Services Center's food pantry looks like a small grocery store, complete with reach-in freezers and coolers, vegetable and fruit islands, bread and pastry racks. Each family is granted a designated amount of non-perishable food items and meat. Families can have as much as they want of the following: fresh vegetables, dairy items, bread and other perishable foods. Please bring a picture ID.

 

Capuchin Soup Kitchen

Map 4390 Conner St., Detroit, MI
Call (313) 822-8606
Web cskdetroit.org/programs/meal_program/conner

Capuchin ministries has two full-service soup kitchens. The Conner Kitchen serves working families and seniors. As many as one-third of its meals are served to children 12 and under. They serve lunch and dinner: a nourishing meal awaits children after school and adults after work.

 

Gleaners - My Neighborhood Mobile Grocery

Map 2131 Beaufait St., Detroit, MI
Call (313) 571-0303
Web gcfb.org/mnmg

Gleaners offers a range of nutritious food items at affordable prices—from milk, eggs, cheese, and fresh produce, to canned and dry goods, frozen meats, and gourmet soups—My Neighborhood Mobile Grocery is a weekly pop-up market bringing quality, affordable food to communities across Metro Detroit. See their website for a complete list of items, times, and locations.

 

Manna Community Meal

Map 1950 Trumbull Ave., Detroit, MI
Call (313) 843-3613
Web stpetersdetroit.com/ministries/mannacommunitymeal

Manna Community Meal is committed to serving the Corktown community in Detroit by providing free hot meals five days a week. It is located on the lower level of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church.

 

Salvation Army - Bread & Bed Club

Call (313) 361-6136
Web centralusa.salvationarmy.org/emi

The Salvation Army Bed & Bread Club is dedicated to feeding the hungry residents of Detroit who are unable to make it to a soup kitchen. Each day, no matter the weather, truck drivers make their way through all of Detroit, traveling multiple routes to make over 60 stops to feed the hungry.

Diapers & Baby Items


 

Metropolitan Detroit Diaper Bank

Text (313) 478-4420
Web detroitdiaperbank.com/request-diapers

The Metropolitan Detroit Diaper Bank distributes free diapers monthly. To register, text your first and last name to the number above, and you will be eligible to receive diapers for your babies each month until they are potty trained.

 

Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency

Call (313) 388-9799
Web waynemetro.org/engage/#healthy-baby-resources

Wayne Metro’s Healthy Baby Resources provide Wayne County’s new and expectant mothers with resources, education, safety seats, supplies, and services to support happy, healthy families and children. They have a Community Diaper Bank offering free diapers and diaper changing supplies, and host two annual Community Baby Showers for over 300 families.

 
More pregnancy-related material support ▸

Thrift Stores


 

St. Vincent de Paul

Web svdpdet.org/thrift-stores/locations

St. Vincent de Paul operates two thrift stores that offer low cost items including clothes, furniture, household items, toys, and more.

Van Elslander Center
Map 3000 Gratiot Ave., Detroit, MI
Call (313) 393-2870

West
Map 15725 Grand River Ave., Detroit, MI
Call (313) 836-2878

 

Salvation Army

Web semichigan.satruck.org/semichiganarc/store_policies

The Salvation Army operates three family stores in Detroit that offer low cost items including clothes, furniture, household items, toys, and more.

Fort St.
Map 1200 W. Fort St., Detroit, MI
Call (313) 964-3639

Vernor
Map 5858 W. Vernor Hwy., Detroit, MI
Call (313) 436-1256

8 Mile Rd.
Map 5600 E Eight Mile Rd., Detroit, MI
Call (313) 366-9643

Government Assistance


 

MI Bridges

Apply for all government assistance through MI Bridges, from healthcare coverage, to childcare, and cash assistance. MI Bridges has a brand new online portal which makes it easy to manage your case, view your benefits, letters from MDHHS, and renewals online.
 
      
 


 

WIC

WIC is a food program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC). It’s a federally-funded program that serves low and moderate income pregnant, breastfeeding, and postpartum women, infants, and children up to age 5.
 
      

Utility Bills


 

Consumers Energy

Consumers Energy offers options for low-income assistance. They also offer a list of non-profit agencies that can help. Please see their website for more details.
 
      
 


 

DTE

DTE works with government agencies and community organizations to bring energy and payment assistance to low-income residents. If you are behind on your energy bill, call DTE before your service is subject to shutoff. They will work with you to set up a payment plan or advise you of assistance agencies in your area.
 
      
 


 

emPower

True North's emPower heat and energy program assists people who are struggling to afford their utility bills in Michigan. EmPower also offers a Self-Sufficiency program, which includes: heat and energy assistance GED classes and other education programs, career counseling and job search help, child care and transportation, and financial planning classes.
 
             
 


 

Michigan 2-1-1

Michigan 2-1-1 connects people with information and local agencies for material assistance.
 
      
 


 

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services - DHS

The DHS offers temporary heat and utility assistance for eligible low-income families and individuals when heating or electric service has been or will be shut off. Apply online through MI Bridges.
 
      
 


 

St. Vincent de Paul

St. Vincent de Paul offers energy assistance to income eligible households who may be in danger of having their electric and heating utilities disconnected or who are unable to pay their energy bills. St. Vincent de Paul has 23 local conferences. To get assistance, call the number above, dial 5, and leave a message. Your local conference will contact you directly regarding your request for assistance.
 
      
 


 

Salvation Army

The Salvation Army offers energy bill payment assistance, case management, and temporary crisis support for those on energy subsidy programs, or an affordable payment plan.
 
      
 


 

Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency

Their Home Energy Supports program can provide assistance in paying past-due utility bills including electricity and gas (or other deliverable fuels such as home heating oil). They also have a weatherization program to install in-wall and attic insulation, and eliminate open air gaps throughout the home.
 
      

Soup Kitchens & Pantries


 

All Saints Soup Kitchen and Food Pantry

7824 W Fort St. ・Map
 
Catholic Charities of West Michigan operates All Saints, a volunteer-based kitchen and food pantry. Hot meals include a meat entrée, vegetable, salad, bread, fruit, dessert, and beverages. The All Saints food pantry is open twice a week, and provides groceries for families in southwest Detroit.
 
      
 


 

Capuchin Services Center

6333 Medbury St.・Map
 
The Capuchin Services Center's food pantry looks like a small grocery store, complete with reach-in freezers and coolers, vegetable and fruit islands, bread and pastry racks. Each family is granted a designated amount of non-perishable food items and meat. Families can have as much as they want of the following: fresh vegetables, dairy items, bread and other perishable foods. Please bring a picture ID.
 
      
 


 

Capuchin Soup Kitchen

4390 Conner St.・Map
 
Capuchin ministries has two full-service soup kitchens. The Conner Kitchen serves working families and seniors. As many as one-third of its meals are served to children 12 and under. They serve lunch and dinner: a nourishing meal awaits children after school and adults after work.
 
      
 


 

Gleaners - My Neighborhood Mobile Grocery

2131 Beaufait St.・Map
 
Gleaners offers a range of nutritious food items at affordable prices: from milk, eggs, cheese, and fresh produce, to canned and dry goods, frozen meats, and gourmet soups. My Neighborhood Mobile Grocery is a weekly pop-up market bringing quality, affordable food to communities across Metro Detroit. See their website for a complete list of items, times, and locations.
 
      
 


 

Manna Community Meal

1950 Trumbull Ave.・Map
 
Manna Community Meal is committed to serving the Corktown community in Detroit by providing free hot meals five days a week. It is located on the lower level of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church.
 
      
 


 

Salvation Army - Bread & Bed Club

The Salvation Army Bed & Bread Club is dedicated to feeding the hungry residents of Detroit who are unable to make it to a soup kitchen. Each day, no matter the weather, truck drivers make their way through all of Detroit, traveling multiple routes to make over 60 stops to feed the hungry.
 
      

Diapers & Baby Items


 

Metropolitan Detroit Diaper Bank

The Metropolitan Detroit Diaper Bank distributes free diapers monthly. To register, text your first and last name to the number above, and you will be eligible to receive diapers for your babies each month until they are potty trained.
 
      
 


 

Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency

Wayne Metro’s Healthy Baby Resources provide Wayne County’s new and expectant mothers with resources, education, safety seats, supplies, and services to support happy, healthy families and children. They have a Community Diaper Bank offering free diapers and diaper changing supplies, and host two annual Community Baby Showers for over 300 families.
 
      
 
More pregnancy-related material support here ▸

Thrift Stores


 

St. Vincent de Paul - Van Elslander Center

3000 Gratiot Ave.・Map
 
St. Vincent de Paul operates two thrift stores that offer low cost items including clothes, furniture, household items, toys, and more.
 
      
 


 

St. Vincent de Paul - West

15725 Grand River Ave.・Map
 
St. Vincent de Paul operates two thrift stores that offer low cost items including clothes, furniture, household items, toys, and more.
 
      
 


 

Salvation Army - Fort St.

1200 W. Fort St.・Map
 
The Salvation Army operates three family stores in Detroit that offer low cost items including clothes, furniture, household items, toys, and more.
 
      
 


 

Salvation Army - Vernor

5858 W. Vernor Hwy.・Map
 
The Salvation Army operates three family stores in Detroit that offer low cost items including clothes, furniture, household items, toys, and more.
 
      
 


 

Salvation Army - 8 Mile Rd.

5600 E Eight Mile Rd.・Map
 
The Salvation Army operates three family stores in Detroit that offer low cost items including clothes, furniture, household items, toys, and more.