Below are resources to help support families and students.
We focus on resources from existing nonprofits, businesses and organizations in our local community.
We understand that all resources may not work for all families or students. Please use your own judgement when selecting a resource to make sure it is the best option for you.
Have a resource to share? Email us at email@example.com
Urgent Needs (Housing, Utlitilies, Financial Assistance, Basic Needs, Childcare, etc.)
- COVID Emergency Rental Assistance (CERA) Online Application: The COVID Emergency Rental Assistance (CERA) program is designed to keep Michigan residents who fell behind on their rent and/or utilities during COVID-19 in their homes. This program provides Covid Emergency Relief Assistance (CERA) for housing (rent), utility, and internet assistance to qualifying individuals or families. Learn more and apply here
- Local Organizations Offering Utility Assistance:
- Information on Evictions, Unemployment Benefits, Utlilty Shutoffs and more: COVID-19 Essential Service updates from Washtenaw County
- The Ann Arbor Community Center can help with urgent needs. If you have an urgent need, please call them at 734-662-3128 and leave a message. Be clear about what your need is in your message.
- Having a housing Emergency? Contact Housing Access for Washtenaw County (HAWC): For families and individuals experiencing Issues with homelesses or experiencing a housing crisis.
- Washtenaw County Community Services Directory: Regulary updated listing of local Housing, Children and Youth Supports, Food Assistance, Health Services, Income Services and more.
- 2-1-1 for Southeastern Michigan: 2-1-1 is available 24/7 and provides information about health and human services resources available. Search the database here.
- Childcare Scholarships:
- Child Care Network's (CCN) Family Support Program (FSP) provides childcare tuition scholarships for families who need help paying for childcare. CCN FSP serves families living in Washtenaw, Genesee, Hillsdale, Jackson, Lenawee, & Monroe counties.
- CCN FSP provides scholarship assistance to families with children ages 0-14 who are in need of childcare services, before and after-school care, and/or care throughout the summer months.
- Childcare programs providing these services must be licensed in the State of Michigan.
- Families interested in CCN FSP can visit the website www.childcarenetwork.org/
family-support-program for more information, and can complete the online Intake Form to get on CCN FSP's waitlist for assistance.
- AAPS Food Distribution
- Apply for Food Assistance Through MIBridges
- Listing of Food and Meal Locations created by the Community Action Network
- Food Gatherers Food Pantry Map.
- SOS Community Services: SOS operates a food pantry Tuesdays 1-6:30pm and Wednesdays 9-1pm at its Ypsilanti location. Each pantry visitor will recieve one bag of groceries at the door.
- Jewish Family Services speciality food pantry.
- Use SNAP Benefits at a Local Farmers Market. Listing of Markets Here.
Mental Health and Crisis Services
- Community Mental Health offers 24/7 Crisis Services and more. 24/7 Hotline: 734-544-3050.
- Ozone House's Crisis Line is available 24/7 for youth looking for support or are at risk of homelessness.
- Ozone House Prevention and Diversion Program: This program serves youth (ages 10-18) who are at risk for involvement with the Juvenile Justice System or other unsafe issues such as but not limited to homelessness, family crisis, mental health support and gang involvement. Contact 934-662-2222 or send a direct email to firstname.lastname@example.org for support.
- You Are Not Alone resources and video for students dealing with depression, grief, loss and other mental health issues.
- SafeHouse Center is available 24/7 to help survivors of domestic violence or sexual assault. Helpline: (734) 995-5444
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255.
- Grandparents as Parents Support Group: Catholic Social Services Washtenaw Grandparents Raising Grandchildren (GRG) program provides community support and resources for grandparents and other kinship caregivers age 55 years and older who are providing stability for their grandchildren, or other relative, under age 18 years. For more information, please contact Farah Khan at email@example.com
- 826michigan Fall Programs
- Brainfuse (through AADL) provides live online tutoring support, writing support, language support and more.
- Brainfuse is free with your AADL Library Card. Don't have a card? Get one here.
- To access for free:
- Login through the AADL Homework Help page (click on the Brainfuse link).
- When you get to the Brainfuse page, click Login
- Go to the my account page and if you don't have one, you can create an account.
- More about Brainfuse here.
- AAPS Mobile Hotspot Request Form
- AAPS Technology Hotline: For questions about device distribution or other technology issues, please call 734-997-1222 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Emergency Internet Broadband Benefit Program: Provides a temporary discount on monthly broadband bills for qualifying households. Find out of you qualify. Learn more at Getemergencybroadband.org
Medical and Health Needs
- RAHS Health Clinics:
- Hope Clinic: Call for information 734.484.2989
- Corner Health Center: Call for information .734.484.3600
- Packard Health: Call for information 734.926.4900 (Ann Arbor West); 734.971.1073 (Ann Arbor East); 734.985.7200 (Ypsilanti)
Winter Giving Resources
- Mom Power: Mom Power is a parenting empowerment program for moms. It meets once a week for 10 weeks. Moms will have the opportunity to meet other moms and learn important parenting and self-care skills. Mom Power is intended for people who identify as female, are age 18 or older, are pregnant or have children age 6 and under. Registration priority is given to individuals who are eligible for Medicaid.
- For more information about the program: https://zerotothrive.org/
- Interested moms can complete the pre-registration form.
- For more information about the program: https://zerotothrive.org/
Financial and Tax Resources
- United Way Financial Navigation Services: Offers free support in managing money + connecting to resources. Get help prioritizing payments for daily living expenses, maximize income through accessing benefits, managing debt and more. More information here.
- The Child Tax Credit: What you need to know: Find out if you are eligible for a child credit worth up to $3,600 per year. From U-M Poverty Solutions.
- Friends in Deed offers transportation assistance including gas, car repairs and cars.
Handyman and Home Repair Services
- Handyman Connection: The Handyman Connection Program provides free minor home repairs to low and moderate income homeowners in Washtenaw County through United Way. For more information or to apply, just call 2-1-1 from your phone.
- Free Home Improvement Services: Washtenaw County offers free home improvement services for income-qualifying residents. Services include furnance repair, insulation, caulking, and more. Free Home Improvement Services.