Find helpful resources for emergency needs.


  • Clothing & Furniture Resources

    Oakland County

    Baldwin Center
    Phone:  (248) 332-6101
    *Clothing closet and soup kitchen.

    Furniture Bank of Southeastern Michigan
    Phone: (248) 332-1300

    Yad Ezra
    Oak Park, MI
    Phone: (248) 548-3663
    *Provides groceries. To obtain this service, the person needs ID for the head of the household and social security numbers and date-of-births for everyone residing in the home.

    Wayne County

    Cass Community United Methodist Center
    Phone: (313) 883-2277

    Community Assistance Program
    Provides clothes, food
    5027 West Boston
    Detroit MI
    Phone: (313) 834-6633

    Help's On the Way
    Provides clothes, food
    5358 South Beech Daly Rd.
    Dearborn Heights, MI 48125
    Phone: (313) 908-7104

    Salvation Army Family Stores and Donation Centers
    Low cost furniture and clothing
    Detroit: (313) 835-3736
    Livonia: (734) 425-7573
    Romulus: (734) 467-5849
    Westland: (734) 722-3660

    St. Vincent de Paul (through local Catholic Churches)
    Phone: (313) 393-2930

  • Financial Resources

    Green Path Debt Solutions
    Phone: (800) 550-1961
    *Credit counseling and budgeting, assistance, last resort for close with disabilities

    Wayne-Metropolitan Community Services Agency
    Region 3 office Wayne metro
    Phone: (734) 729-7635

    United Way 211 Referral and Information Line
    Financial Literacy and Credit Counseling will be referred by zip code.
    For information on financial assistance from the Michigan Department of Human Services, apply to your local county office. 

  • Food Resources

    For Emergency Food Assistance information, dial 211.  

    To locate a food pantry in your area go to

    Baldwin Center
    Phone: (248) 332-6101
    Clothing Closet and Soup Kitchen
    Serving Pontiac area residents

    Catholic Social Services of Oakland County Emergency Food Program
    Phone: (734) 662-4462

    Community Lutheran Church (must be Flatrock residents)
    Contact: Judith Watkins
    23984 Gibraltar
    Flat Rock, MI
    Phone: (734) 782-0563
    *Food Pantry open Wednesdays 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

    Phone: (248) 334-5555
    *Provides food and has clothing closet

    Fish & Loaves Community Food Pantry
    25670 Northline Road
    Taylor, MI  48180
    (734) 442-0031
    Also has resources on website about other sources in the Downriver area.

    Focus Hope Food Assistance
    Phone: (313) 494-5500

    Phone: (866) GLEANER
    *Gleaners is an emergency food distribution system. To receive emergency food assistance call the United Way Information and Referral Line at 211 or see Gleaners website under “Need Food”.

    Macomb Food Program (Macomb County residents only)
    Phone: (586) 469-6004

    New Life Food Pantry
    16975 Twelve Mile Rd.
    Roseville, MI
    Phone: (586) 771-0308

    Open Door Outreach Center-food, clothing, referrals
    Phone: (248) 360-2930
    *Serves specific areas in Commerce Township, West Bloomfield, Waterford, and White Lake, CALL FIRST.

    Warren Community Food Pantry
    8150 Chapp
    Warren, MI
    Phone: (586) 755-6767

  • Homeless Shelters

    United Way of Southeastern Michigan Referral Line
    Dial 211 from your phone or visit

    ChristNet Rotating Shelter
    Phone: 734-671-1300

    Coalition on Temporary Shelter (COTS)
    26 Peterboro, Detroit MI
    Phone: 313-831-3777

    Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries
    150 Stimson Street, Detroit
    Phone: 313-993-4700

    Wayne County Family Center
    30600 Michigan Avenue, Westland, MI
    Phone: 734-721-0590
    Shelter for homeless families

    Cass Community Social Services
    11850 Woodrow Wilson, Detroit, MI
    Phone: 313-883-2277

    United Way of Southeastern Michigan
    Dial 211 on your phone or visit

  • Housing Resources

    Phone: (313) 964-5070

    Detroit Housing Commission
    Phone: (313) 877-8000

    Detroit Non-Profit Housing Association
    Phone: (313) 972-1111

    Detroit Rescue Mission Ministry
    2015 Webb
    Detroit, MO 48206
    Phone: (313) 883-5614
    *Is a six month to two year program designed to meet the needs of homeless women (with or without children). This program provides a safe, clean, nurturing environment where women are able to determine the primary and secondary reasons why they are homeless and address those issues. The goal of the program is to address the individual’s needs and help them to resolve the reasons for homelessness, enabling them to become independent and establish themselves and their families as productive, self-sufficient members of the community.

    Macomb Coalition for Emergency Shelter
    P.O. Box 856
    Mt. Clemens, MO 48046-0856
    Phone:  (586) 783-0916
    *Advocacy group for placement services

    Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA)
    Detroit: (313) 456-3540
    Outside Detroit: (800) 552-1183
    MSHDA provides financial and technical assistance through public and private partnerships to create and preserve safe and decent affordable housing.

    The Michigan Housing Locator is Michigan's primary source for marketing affordable housing. 

    North Bloomfield Properties
    Phone: (248) 366-8484
    *Provides a list of rental properties for low-income individuals.

    Oakland County Housing/ Counseling
    Phone: (248) 858-5402
    *Tenants rights advocacy, information and resources related to housing, first time buyer clinics and mortgage counseling.

    Pontiac Housing Commission
    Phone: (248) 338-4551
    *Section 8 Housing Office and voucher program

    United Community Housing Coalition
    Phone: (313) 963-3310

    United Way Community Services 24/7 helpline
    Home Phone: 211;  Cell Phone: 1-800-552-1183  

    Wayne County Neighborhood Legal Services
    Phone: (313) 964-1975

  • Transportation Services

    Checker Cabs
    Phone: (313) 963-7000
    The largest cab company in Michigan, Checker Cab is the only company capable of serving all of Detroit's 147 square miles.  Cab fares in the city of Detroit are set by ordinance.  The current fare is $2.50 per trip plus $1.60 per mile.

    DDOT (Detroit)
    Phone: (313) 933-1300
    The Detroit Department of Transportation (DDOT) has been municipally owned and operated by the City of Detroit since 1922. DDOT transports approximately 36 million passengers annually and provides service throughout Detroit and 22 surrounding communities in Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb counties.

    Phone: (866) 962-5515
    SMART services Metro Detroit's Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb Counties, offering a variety of services that are affordable including fixed route service as well as curb-to-curb service you may use to travel anywhere within designated service areas (reservation needed).

  • Utility Services

    Budget Billing Plan
    Pay the same amount each month, taking the seasonal ups and downs out of the equation. Contact your local gas and/or electric company to enroll.

    Michigan Dept of Health & Human Services
    Heat and Utilities

    T.H.A.W. The Heat and Warmth Fund

    (800) 866-THAW (8429)

    Wayne Metro Community Action Agency
    Phone: (313) 388-9799

    United Way
    Dial 211 for information on energy assistance programs.

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