The State Emergency Relief Program (S.E.R.) provides immediate help to individuals and families
facing conditions of extreme hardship OR for emergencies that threaten health and safety. Through
a combination of direct financial assistance and contracts with a network of non-profit organizations
such as the Salvation Army and local Community Action Organizations, S.E.R. helps low-income households meet emergency needs such as home repairs. The S.E.R. Program is primarily designed
to maintain low-income households who are normally able to meet their needs but occasionally need
help when unexpected emergency situations arise. The S.E.R. Program is not an appropriate solution
to ongoing or chronic financial difficulties. Only local D.H.S. experts should make eligibility determinations for this program due to many variables. Ask for details when turning in a completed application.
Cleaning For A Reason
For patients currently undergoing chemotherapy, there is a cleaning service that provides FREE housecleaning--1 time per month for 4 months--while the patient is in treatment. All you have to do
is sign up and have your doctor fax a note confirming the treatment. Registration must be done online between the hours of 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. Only 50 applications are taken per day. Cleaning For A Reason will have a participating maid service in the patient's zip code arrange for the service. This organization serves the entire USA and currently has 547 partners to help these patients.
Cleaning for Heroes
221 B. Hallene Road
Warwick RI 02886
Cleaning for Heroes is the only non-profit dedicated to providing no-cost house cleaning
services to our disabled and elderly veterans. We accomplish this mission by partnering
with cleaning services nationwide who donate their time and expertise. All services provided
through Cleaning for Heroes are free of charge to our clients. Our mission is simple; to improve
the lives of disabled and elderly veterans by providing them with much needed household help.
METRO DETROIT & COUNTIES PROGRAMS
CHRISTMAS IN ACTION
Wyandotte Community Extra Hands
Extra Hands is a free service provided to senior citizens and disabled adults that cannot afford
to pay for yard clean ups and some handy services in the home. Servicing Wyandotte, Michigan.
•Yard Clean ups (leaves,branches,weeding)
•Hand Rail Installation
•Snow / Ice Removal...and much more
Plymouth Community United Way / Rake N Go Day! JUST UPDATED 4/7/2013
960 W. Ann Arbor Trail Suite 2
Phone: 734-453-6879 #7 Being held on April 27th for 2013!
The Plymouth Community United Way is organizing a day to clean yards and do light chores
in Plymouth, Plymouth Twp., and Canton for senior citizens and disabled people. Call for an
application above or download one from the website before Friday, April 12th, 2013
Rebuilding Together Detroit
19800 Grand River
Detroit MI 48223
Workers will do home repairs and yard work for low-income residents who are elderly, disabled,
military veterans and families with kids who cannot do the work themselves. Call for more details!
Catholic Social Services of Wayne County
8651 Hamilton Ave. #202
Detroit MI 48202
Provides in-home services to seniors.
D.H.S. City of Detroit
5031 Grandy Street
Detroit MI 48211
Call to ask about any available programs or to receive referral.
Faith In Action
Ann Arbor 734-712-3625
Grosse Pointe 313-882-9600
West Bloomfield 248-865-1366
Provides help with yardwork, social visits, light house-keeping, errands, transportation, reading
services to sight-impaired seniors. Some offices offer bill paying and shopping also!
Wayne County Cares Chore Program
Homemaker service includes assistance with tasks such as laundry, ironing, meal preparation, shopping for necessities, and light housekeeping (dusting, vacuuming, mopping floors, cleaning bathroom and kitchen, and making beds). Personal Care is designed to assist clients with tasks such as bathing, dressing, grooming, toileting, transferring, eating, and ambulation.
3850 Second Street Suite 201
Wayne Michigan 48184
Phone: 734-722-2830 OR 800-815-1112
Note: You can also find information on the Chore Referral program in which names of independent workers who have been asked to charge reasonable fees, are given. These workers have been pre-screened also with a criminal background check and reference check. Homeowners make their own arrangements for the work and payment for service.
Ecorse "Good Neighbor Day"
June , 201 will be the day for the fourth annual "Good Neighbor Day" with a goal to unite residents, community organizations, corporations and organized labor to positively affect the city. Residents can
fill out an application to be considered to receive exterior home painting and minor improvements at no cost. Rental and commercial projects are NOT eligible. Residents can pick up and return an application
at the mayor's office in Ecorse City Hall, 3869 W. Jefferson.
Jewish Family Services
6555 West Maple Road
West Bloomfield MI 48322
Oak Park MI 48237
Friendly Visitors Program: visits with and/or grocery shops for a homebound older adult 60 and over.
In-home support services. Respite in-home, homemaking and personal care services. Does not include services that require a nurse or a C.N.A.
2111 Woodward Ave. Ste. 700
Detroit MI 48201
Phone: 313-964-5070 OR 800-676-5071
Donation store with furniture, relocation assistance, supportive housing, budget counseling, employment readiness training.
Services for Older Citizens (S.O.C.)
Grosse Pointe MI 48230
Phone: 313-882-9600 #251
Grass cutting, snow removal, gutter cleaning, installation of smoke alarms and safety bars in the Grosse Pointes and Harper Woods. Lending closet, weekly computer classes for 60 years old and older (ext. 245).
Adult Home Help Provider Registry
1115 S. Pennsylvania Suite 203
Phone: 517-999-3130 OR 800-979-4662
The QC3 will give you the names of people who are willing to do the tasks you need. The people on our referral list tell us what languages they can speak and what tasks they are willing and able to do. We do
a reference check and a limited criminal history check on all of the people on our lists. This service is
free for anyone who qualifies for the Medicaid Home Help Program.
Department of Human Services
DHS Oakman/Grand River District Office
Phone: 313-934-4400 OR your DHS worker
Assists functionally limited individuals who are Medicaid eligible to remain in their independent settings
for as long as possible. Assistance is provided for: personal care, laundry, housework, shopping & errands.
Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program
Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency
2121 Biddle Suite 102
Wyandotte MI 48192
Phone: 734-284-6999 Ask for Jerry Tambeau
The CDBG Program was designed to revitalize and strengthen residential neighborhoods through the renovation of low to moderate income, owner occupied homes. The program is made possible through
a collaborative effort between Wayne Metro and Out-Wayne County municipalities. The CDBG Program works to enable income-eligible homeowners to receive one-time, 0% interest deferred loans to make improvements and repairs to their home. The loans to do not have to be paid back until the title of the home changes hands or the home is sold. Work to the home will focus on health and safety issues including roof/gutter replacement, foundation, furnace replacement or repairs, plumbing, concrete repairs/replacement, electrical updates/repairs and demolition of deteriorated garages/sheds. To qualify for the CDBG Program, all of the following MUST be current: Mortgage payments, Homeowner's insurance, taxes and water bill. In order to participate, the annual household income (including wages, Social Security, and all other sources) must be within the current guidelines...please call for those guidelines as well as the cities served!
The Property Improvement Program Loan
Wayne County Housing Division/W.C. Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)
Housing Rehabilitation Program
Phone: 800-362-5555 ext. 6011
The Property Improvement Program Loan is being offered in Wayne County to homeowners and landlords to improve their property. Low-income and moderate-income families are able to rehab their homes also.
Call your city or township's City Hall and ask for the Building Dept. to ask about your areas Block Grants. Most cities have applied for these funds and disperse them to their residents to make repairs, build ramps, etc. Some cities or townships have waiting lists so don't procrastinate to get on these lists!
Henry Ford Center for Senior Independence
7800 W. Outer Drive
Detroit MI 48235
A Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) program managed by the Henry Ford Health System. The Center provides an alternative to nursing home care for older adults by allowing participants to remain in their own homes and communities. The array of services provides respite and assistance
to caregivers. The program features a comprehensive medical and social service delivery system using
an interdisciplinary team approach in an adult day health center that is supplemented by in-home and referral services in accordance with participant's needs. Transportation is provided to and from the Center and to specialized appointments. Participants must be 55 years of age or older who require long-term medical and supportive services (certified as eligible for nursing home care) and a resident of Redford, Detroit, Highland Park, Hamtramck, Harper Woods, or the Grosse Pointes.
Macomb County Habitat for Humanity
Roseville Municipal Offices
Phone: 586-263-1540 ext. 112
Habitat's "A Brush with Kindness" program is looking for Roseville residents who need help fixing up
their homes, that will take place for the first time on Sept. 12-17th, 2011, targeting a neighborhood north
of 10 Mile, south of Frazho, west of Pinehurst and east of Macomb. Homeowners who live on Jeanette, Lawn, Church, Oakdale, Blair and Pearl can apply by 5 p.m. on August 19th. Applications are available through the City of Roseville's Municipal Offices.
City of Melvindale
Community Development Block Grant Program
3100 Oakwood Blvd.
Melvindale MI 48122
Phone: 313-429-1040 Ask for Paul LaManes
Homeowners with a defined need for home repairs but have a lack of finances, can apply through the city for the funding. The money is loaned to the city and then to the homeowner for the repairs. The amount
of the loan is held as a lien against the house until its sale, which is expected to be higher with the upgrades. Rental houses do not qualify for the program. To qualify, the residents must be current on
their taxes, mortgage, insurance and water bills. There are strict guidelines for the funding and all documentation has to be submitted in a timely manner.
Franklin Wright Settlements
Detroit MI 48207
Grass cutting, snow removal, and minor home chores.
Walter & May Reuther Senior Services
(division of Matrix Human Services)
Detroit MI 48201
An advocacy group in southwest Detroit, Southwest Housing Solutions, is offering $600,000 in home improvement loans for qualifying homeowners. Homeowners may borrow up to $10,000 and must live
in the ZIP codes 48209, 48210, or 48216 or in the Pilgrim Village community bounded by Livernois, Puritan, the Lodge Freeway and the Highland Park border. Homeowners can apply at:
The Housing Opportunity Center
3627 W. Vernor
Phone: 313-841-9641 by appointment only.
Detroit MI 48210
Provides home repairs and maintenance in Southwest Detroit to seniors.
"Bills Big Dig"/WXYZ Channel 7
Snow shoveling for senior citizens and disabled adults.
Wayne County: 313-842-1540
Oakland County: 248-975-9700
Washtenaw County: 734-971-8400 (punch in STORM)
Virginia Parks Citizens Service Corporation
8431 Rosa Parks Blvd.
Detroit MI 48206
Chores and homemaking by volunteers for senior in the Virginia Park Community.
Wayne County's Community Development Block Grant Housing Rehabilitation Program
Provides funding in 34 communities.
Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) Property Improvement Program
Phone: 517-373-8017 TTY: 800-382-4568
Click on the Home Improvement link on the left side of the page. This program offers low-interest home improvement loans to single-family homeowners with low-to-moderate income (up to $65,000 or $74,750
in certain areas). Eligible home improvements include furnaces, central air conditioning, insulation, siding, windows, solar water heating systems, roofs (repair or replacement), kitchen and bathroom remodeling, wall to wall carpeting, garage or carport (adding on or renovation), ramp installation, windmills for home power, and other permanent improvements to homes. The loans can be as low as $1,000 and up to $25,000 without equity in your home. With equity, you can borrow up to $50,000. MSHDA can amortize loans up to 20 years to make payments affordable. Interest rates are 4%, 6%, or 8%, depending upon
your income. There is no application fee, no points or annual fees, and no penalty for early payoff. Automatic payment is available. MSHDA employees and their immediate family members are not eligible.
Black Family Development
Family Preservation and Support
15231 W. McNichols
Detroit MI 48235
Must be a City of Detroit resident; open referral process. Helps with home maintenance.
Lutheran Social Services of Michigan
8131 E. Jefferson Ave.
Detroit MI 48214
Lutheran Social Services has an area of service called In-Home Services that helps seniors, persons
with disabilities and people convalescing from an illness or surgery to develop and maintain their
independence. Provides services including:
Housekeeping, shopping, errands
Laundry and linen changes
Meal preparation and help with eating
Limited lawn care and snow removal.
Rates are competitive and funding may be available for some services from governmental sources.
Meets with customers to develop a cost-effective customer care plan that makes the most of their
The Information Center
20500 Eureka #110
Taylor MI 48180
This agency has a "SPECIAL NEEDS FUND" that helps with a variety of chores and home repairs (depending on funding for individual cities).
Community Action Agency
1214 Greenwood Ave.
Jackson MI 48203
House Rehab and Repair for Lenawee County. Call for qualifications.
Macomb County Community Services Agency
21885 Dunham #10
Clinton Twp. MI 48036
Phone: 586-469-5012 Senior Citizen Chore Service and Home Injury Control
Phone: 586-469-6329 Home Preservation and Energy Group
Macomb County Community Services Agency assists those ages 60 and older with home maintenance and minor repairs, as well as grass cutting and snow removal. Suggested fees, based on income, run from $6 to $18. To make a request for snow removal, call between August 15th and October 15th ONLY.
To make a request for grass cutting, call between February 1st and March 15th ONLY. Those interested must make a new request every year!
The Macomb Urban County Housing Rehabilitation Program will offer interest-free, deferred loans to homeowners who meet income and eligibility requirements and whose homes need repairs.
For information, call 586-469-5285 weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers
Center Line MI 48015
Offers assistance to older and disabled adults in Macomb Conty who have no other resources, to remain independent in their homes. Simple chores and repairs, painting, minor electrical and plumbing repairs, carpentry, yard work and general household cleaning, shopping & companionship provded by over 50 faith-based organizations.
2092 S. Custer
Monroe MI 48161
7400 Lewis Ave.
Temperance MI 48182
Offers low-cost chore service for disabled, recuperating adults, or seniors.
Monroe County Opportunity Program (M.C.O.P.)
1140 S. Telegraph Road
Monroe MI 48161
The Home Chore Department assists those age 60+ with home maintenance tasks that include lawn mowing, cleaning gutters, minor carpentry, shoveling snow, minor electrical and plumbing repairs
and installing storm windows and air conditioners to improve safety in and outside of their home.
Rebuilding Together Oakland County
Phone: 248-889-5450 OR 248-889-3069
Annual event will be held May 7th, 2011 and workers will do home repairs and yard work for low-income
residents who are elderly, disabled, military veterans and families with kids who canot do the work themselves. Applications and information will be available at a Volunteer Rally at 7 p.m. May 3rd, 2011 at Highland Congregational Church, 1605 N. Hickory Ridge Road in Highland.
Oakland Livingston Human Service Agency
PO Box 430598
Pontiac MI 48343-0598
345 E. Nine Mile Road
Ferndale MI 48220
Various types of home and yard work available to assist older adults, 60 years or older, who can
no longer maintain their yards and homes. Must be a resident of the City of Novi or Brandon Twp. Services include heavy-duty cleaning, yard work, snow removal and minor home repairs.
Family/Home Support Services
Community-based, in-home services by referral or private pay. Services include personal care,
home-making, transportation, and respite care for older adults, fragile or developmentally disabled.
Southfield Home Improvement Program
Phone: 248-796-4173 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays Greg Sherman
Assists low-income homeowners with improvements, especially when the house does not meet
minimum city housing codes. Loans and grants of up to $10,000 are available.
Oakland County Community Home Improvement Division
Phone: 248-858-5401 OR 248-858-0495
Providing low-interest loans for home improvements to those who meet the income guidelines.
Home Chore Program
Providing snow removal, lawn mowing, gutter cleaning, spring and fall yard cleanup for any Troy homeowner with disabilities.
Senior Home Assistance Repair Program (SHARP)
Home Repair Program helps seniors 60 and older and persons with disabilities with home repairs to correct health & safety hazards, or to restore things to their proper working order. The work usually includes jobs that can be completed by a handyman in one or two hours. The labor is free but the homeowner must pay for supplies. Financial assistance may be available if needed. Home repairs
include but are not limited to, things such as: gutter cleaning, installing window air condtioners,
smoke detectors or grab bars, moving large items for trash pickup, painting, repairing drywall, and wheelchair ramp construction.
Services for Older Citizens
17150 Waterloo Street
Grosse Pointe, MI
Love INC of North Oakland County
PO Box 104
Lake Orion, MI 48361
Phone: 248-693-HELP (4357)
Offers help and assistance with home repairs and other minor issues and with handicapped
ramps. Must contact Clearinghouse for referral first!
LIghthouse of Oakland County
P.O. Box 430508
46156 Woodward Avenue
Pontiac MI 48342
Volunteers apply their home-improvement knowledge and skills through the Lighthouse Community Development Initiative which helps build and remodel homes for Lighthouse's low-income clients.
For information about the Community Development Block Grant Program for Seniors, contact your
Development Block Grant" link on the left.
Washtenaw ET & CSG
301 W. Michigan Ave #400
Ypsilanti MI 48197
Aid in Milan
54 W. Main
Milan MI 48160
Neighborhood Senior Services
INDIVIDUAL CITIES/TOWNSHIPS PROGRAMS
The City has established the Senior Home Repair Assistance Program for residents 60 and older
and people with disabilities. Screened and trained volunteers provide help in areas including yard maintenance, painting, window cleaning, changing light bulbs, installing window air-conditioners, plumbing and electrical repairs. Homeowners pay for supplies. There are no income guidelines to
request assistance. Financial assistance may be available. For an application or more information,
call the Senior Services Department at 248-370-9353.
A program to assist low to moderate-income senior citizens with snow removal, cleaning gutters
and weed and grass trimming will continue to be offered in Brownstown Township. They also have
a program where volunteers call homebound seniors daily.
To qualify a resident must be 62 or older, own and live in his or her own home for at least one year, and have an income at or below $24,450 for one person or $27,450 for two people in the household. Services include routine home maintenance projects such as grass cutting, weed trimming, snow removal, gutter clearing, etc. Routine work only, no chores done that require a permit or licensed person. Please call the Brownstown Recreation Department at 734-675-0920 to obtain an application or request more information. Those applying must supply proof of residency, home ownership and income.
Housing Rehabilitation Program
The Charter Township of Brownstown is pleased to offer the Housing Rehabilitation Program.
This Program is designed to assist Brownstown residents in a low to low-moderate income range that
are in need of home improvements. The program is funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and urban Development (H.U.D.), under the direction of Wayne County.
We are currently establishing a waiting list. If you would like further information regarding qualification guidelines or would like to know more about the program, please contact Denise Sciacca, Rehab Coordinator (9:00 am - 12 Noon on Mondays & Thursdays only) or Building Official Chuck Ear l at (734) 675-0166.
The Township of Huron has allocated $30,000 of their Block Grant program for housing rehabilitation projects such as new furnaces, septic systems, roofs or other types of emergencies. Residents with low to moderate income who qualify for the program would be responsible to repay the aid when they sell the house. To see if you qualify or for more details, call Jim Murray at 1-734-753-4466 ext. 133 or the Dept. of Planning and Zoning at ext. 114.
The City of Melvindale is using Community Development Block Grant monies to provide grants to homeowners in need of home repairs but lack the finances. The money is loaned to the city and then
to the homeowner for the repairs. The amount of the loan is held as a lien against the house until its
sale, which is expected to be higher with the upgrades. Rental houses do NOT qualify for this program.
In order to qualify, residents must be current on their taxes, mortgage, insurance and water bills. There
are strict guidelines for the funding and all documentation has to be submitted in a timely manner. For more information, call 313-429-1040 and ask for the City Administrator.
This federally funded program provides lawn mowing, gutter and yard clean-ups, snow removal and
minor indoor and outdoor home repairs to income qualifying over age 62. Disabled residents under
age 62 must meet income guidelines and also provide a physician's letter defining their disability.
Each participant must submit a completed application form with an attached copy of his or her current Homestead Property Tax Credit Form every year. Services are subject to availability of funds. Contact
248-691-7575 for details.
The City of Riverview's program is designed to help low-to-moderate-income households with house repairs and replacement of such items as roofs, windows, furnaces and other qualified building code items. For more information, call 734-281-4248 ext. 338, between 9 a.m. and noon Fridays.
A home-repair program that targets residents who meet income guidelines and don't require major housing rehabilitation is available to Rockwood residents. Block grants will finance the repairs at no
cost to the homeowners. Minor home repairs such as plumbing problems, painting a room or acquiring
a new water heater. All interested residents can contact City Hall to verify if they qualify for the upgrades. Income requirements: For a two-person household, the total income cannot exceed $44,750. A four-person household income must fall at a maximum of $55,900.
City of Taylor's Home Rehabilitation Program is for low-and moderate-income household homeowners
with a variety of home repairs. Funding for the program is provided by the Community Development
Block Grant program. Homeowners must live in the home, property taxes must be current and there
must be no liens on the property with the exception of one home mortgage. Work that can be done includes roofs, furnaces, handicap-accessible ramps and repairs to hazardous items. Call 734-374-1366
to schedule an interview. When the rehab is complete, a permanent lien is placed on the home and is not discharged until the property changes owners and the City of Taylor is repaid. The repaid funds are used for repairs at other locations.
SHARP (Senior Home Assistance Repair Program)
Sponsored by The Community Foundation of Troy
Open to seniors 60 and older and the disabled. Through the program, seniors can get their trees trimmed and plumbing and electrical wiring fixed, as well as get assistance with painting and caulking. Homeowners will only be asked to pay for necessary materials..
The city along with Wayne-Metropolitan Community Action Agency are helping people who need house repairs including roofs, gutters, siding windows, doors, and furnaces. Using Federal Community Development Grants, the city can help income-eligible homeowners receive a one-time, zero-interest deferred loan of up to $24,999 to make repairs. The loans don't have to be paid until the title of the house changes or its sold. There is no out-of-pocket cost for residents. For more information call 734-675-4913.
The Tele-Care Program, sponsored by the Recreation Dept. is intended to make life a little easier for
senior citizens,covering many aspects of senior living. Telephone calls are made daily to shut-ins just
to chat and make sure they are doing well. Transportation is arranged for those who have doctor appointments or who must make other necessary trips for those 60 and above or disabled. Contact the program at 1-734-324-7285 between 8:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Mondays thru Fridays OR email email@example.com.
Also, The Roosevelt High School Key Club and Wyandotte Kiwanis 1000 are taking names of homebound seniors, 65 and older, who need their leaves raked during the fall or snow shoveled during the winter.
To have your name placed on a list, call 734-281-0344.
Also, please see the new program, Community Extra Hands, added above under Wayne County!