Michigan has been declared as one of the best places to live in America by the Popular Science magazine recently. The cost of living in this state is lower than the national average with regard to health opportunities, housing options, food expenses, utility bills, transportation, and more. This state is also very charming for people who live in a place that is covered by forests and nature. In spite of its beauty, life can be difficult for low-income persons and families. Therefore, the State of Michigan, the federal government, and local non-governmental organizations present a raft of programs and benefits for low-income individuals.
Financial and Cash Assistance
Michigan Emergency Relief: Home, Utilities & Burial was constituted and has been supported by the Office of Departmental Grants Management and Oversight of Michigan for low-income persons and families across the region. Michigan residents with low income or no income are welcome to apply for this emergency financial assistance. Accepted people will be receiving monthly cash support to cover their housing expenses, utility bills, or rent. Find out more information at https://www.michigan.gov/mdhhs/0,5885,7-339-71547_5531—,00.html or by phone at 800 642 4838.
Financial Help for Child Care was established and has been financed by the State of Michigan DHS’ Child Development and Care Department for low-income families with children or children only. The main aim of this program is to maximize the well-being and health of children by offering cash support to pay participant’s health-related expenses. The amount of money is decided by the applicant’s current financial status. Needy families who have more children will obtain more money. Moreover, recipients of this program may also ask for clothing, food, or other housing items support. Read more information at https://www.michigan.gov/mde/0,4615,7-140-63533_63534—,00.html or make a phone call at 866 990 3227.
Housing and Rent Assistance
Michigan State Housing Development Authority was created and has been managed by the State of Michigan to provide housing and rental assistance for low-income persons and families. Low-income senior citizens disabled persons, veterans, and survivors of domestic violence are the priority groups. There are three types of housing and rental assistance services that are mandated by this authority. These programs are as followed:
- Project-Based Voucher: It is part of the Section 8-Housing Choice Voucher Program. It targets families and individuals who are in financial struggle and are about to lose their homes. Eligible applicants will be settled into temporary housing units and the rent will be covered by the program.
- Michigan Section 8-Housing Choice Voucher Program: This program was created by the federal government and has been managed by the Michigan State Housing Development Authority. Its purpose is to provide low-cost, safe, and decent housing options for low-income residents who are having economic difficulties. Low-income seniors, pregnant women, single mothers, veterans, blinds, and persons with disabilities are attached priority. Eligible households will be able to choose their house, apartment, flat, or similar property in their favor. The chosen property must meet the principles of the program. They will be receiving approximately 30 to 40 percent rent support and the rest will be paid by the beneficiaries. Since there is a waiting list on this program, it is better to apply as soon as possible.
- Veterans Administration Supportive Housing (VASH): This program was created by the Michigan State Housing Development Authority and has been run by the Department of Veterans Affairs for low-income veterans. Particularly low-income veterans who are at risk of homelessness or who are already homeless are given priority for rental support. The length and the amount of the rental support are determined after the evaluation of the applicant.
Explore more opportunities through the following link https://www.michigan.gov/mshda/ or call the toll-free number at 1 855 646 7432.
The Michigan Homeowner Assistance Nonprofit Housing Corporation (MHA) was formed and has been subsidized by the local people to help homeowners who are facing financial challenges and need help to maintain their housing needs. It runs a program called The Step Forward Michigan Program. This program provides interest-free loans of up to $30,000 for eligible homeowners. Apart from benefiting from this help, beneficiaries of this program do not have to repay the loan if they remain in their house for five years. To learn more information and to apply, please go to https://www.stepforwardmichigan.org/en/about-us/ or make a phone call at 866 946 7432.
MiChild is a health insurance coverage program that was built and has been financed by the State of Michigan. Low-income families with children or low-income children who do not have health insurance coverage and are not qualified for other programs and out of options are eligible for this benefit. Applicants must be 19 years of age or younger, have a Social Security Number, and be residents of this state. Eligible children will be benefiting from the following health services:
- Dental Assistance
- Doctor Visits
- Substance Use Disorder Treatment Services
- Emergency Benefits
- Family Planning
- Private Duty Nursing
- Hearing and Speech Services
- Pregnancy Care (post-partum, delivery, and prenatal)
- Home-Health Care
- Podiatry (Foot Care)
- Hospice Care
- Physical and Occupational Therapy
- Inpatient and Outpatient Hospital Care
- Personal Care Services
- Medical Supplies
- Nursing Home Care
- Medicine Prescribed by a doctor
- Non-emergency Medical Transportation
- Mental Health Service
The link to their official website is as follows https://www.michigan.gov/mdhhs/0,5885,7-339-71547_2943_4845_4931-372505–,00.html contact 1 855 789 5610.
Michigan Health Care Coverage was formed and has been financed by the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services for low-income seniors, pregnant women, single mothers, persons with disabilities, children, teens, and families. This is comprehensive health support and the program offers financial assistance when it is necessary. Low-income people who require emergency health assistance are urged to apply for this program. For further information, please visit https://www.michigan.gov/mdhhs/0,5885,7-339-71547_2943-320219–,00.html or dial 1 800 642 3195.
Utility Bill Assistance
The Michigan Family Independence Program was established and has been led by the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services for low-income families who need temporary cash assistance. The main purpose of this benefit is to make sure that low-income families can live independently in their homes. Low-income pregnant women and children are the priority groups for this monetary aid. The amount and the length of the support will be decided depending on the applicant’s current economic circumstances. The money can be used to pay utility bills, heating, rent, clothing, food, and personal care items. Besides this monetary aid, the program helps family members to find a proper job based on their skills and abilities. See more information at https://www.michigan.gov/mdhhs/0,5885,7-339-9253—F,00.html or make connections with 855 275 6424.
Michigan Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program was created by the federal agencies and has been managed by the Michigan Department of Human Services for low-income residents. It aims to keep low-income families and individuals safe and healthy by assisting with utility support. Qualified participants will be having help with their home energy bills, energy crises, weatherization, and energy-related minor home repairs. To learn more information, please follow the link https://www.acf.hhs.gov/ocs/programs/liheap/about or give it a call at 202 401 9351.
Michigan Food Assistance Program is a food assistance service that is created and has been funded by the State of Michigan for low income. Accepted low-income people and families will be having a Michigan Bridge Card to use at local grocery stores and supermarkets to purchase food. The amount of money will be decided by the economic condition of the applicant and it will be loaded each month. Eligible low-income seniors may also benefit from home-delivered healthy foods. For more information, please take a look here https://www.michigan.gov/mdhhs/0,5885,7-339-71547_5527_61232—,00.html or give it a call at 888 678 8914.