DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES
Auto Purchase up to $2000
Auto Repairs up to $900 per 12 months
MUST BE A FAMILY (pregnant or have a child under 18)
MUST BE ABLE TO WORK
Apply at the Department of Human Services that serves your community. The family MUST be receiving
or applying for Day Care, Medicaid or Food Assistance (if receiving the Family Independence Program,
the repair / purchase is usually handled by Michigan Works).
If a recipient of the above programs, income limits are already met. If you are an applicant, form DHS-3043 must be completed to declare if your total monthly income is below the TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) income limits of $1805 for one person, $2428 for two, $3052 for 3, $3575 for 4, etc.
AUTO PURCHASE: Customer must be able to afford the payments/insurance/title/taxes and other vehicle expenses, must have a valid driver's license, the cost of the vehicle cannot exceed the value of the vehicle, and only one vehicle per person is the lifetime max (husband and wife may each receive one but a policy exception must be approved for the other spouse to get a second car). It must be needed to retain/obtain employment or for activities that will prepare the customer for employment (cannot be disabled). Vehicle
has been inspected by a licensed mechanic and declared road-worthy (mechanics license number must
be given and also the date inspected). Public transportation must not be reasonably available.
AUTO REPAIRS: The repair is expected to make the vehicle road worthy and safe and the vehicle is needed to retain/obtain employment or for activities to prepare for employment (cannot be disabled). Total cost of repairs is $900 or less (or difference is paid by customer) including repairs covered in the last 12 months
and cost of repairs does not exceed the value of the vehicle.
Matrix Human Services / Ways to Work Loan Program JUST UPDATED 1/18/2014
120 Parsons Street
Detroit, MI 48201
Phone: (313) 831-1000
Matrix Ways to Work
13560 East McNichols
Phone: 313-526-4000 ext. 1319
We’re excited to announce that we and our National office have lifted the requirements of our Matrix
Ways to Work program to include employee’s without children! Ways to Work provides low-interest
loans to help people buy a car to strengthen their self-sufficiency and improve their quality of life.
Having a car is not a luxury, it’s often a necessity. In order to get and keep a job, you’ve got to be able
to go to where job opportunities are located, show up on time and also juggle family responsibilities.
Public transportation can’t always meet those needs. In addition, paying off the car loan helps people improve their credit record, which is a critical step in attaining financial stability.
Our new requirements! Spread the word!
Continuously employed for six (6) months / Possess a valid Michigan Driver’s License
Bankruptcies (if any) must be discharged / Limited or no credit alternatives
Geographical resident of Wayne, Macomb, and Oakland counties
Household income no greater than 80% of area’s median income
Demonstrated ability and desire to pay
If you are ready to take the next step and participate in our program; we need you to attend Financial Orientation. Call to see when the next scheduled orientation is!
Volunteers of America
21415 Civic Center Drive #210
Southfield, MI 48076
Phone: 248-945-0101 OR 800-552-1515
Cars donated to Volunteers of America are sold at a low-cost to low-income people who
need them and the money raised is used to fund Volunteers of America's programs.
Mother Waddles Car Donation
21501 W. 8 Mile Road
Detroit MI 48219
Please be aware that there is a "copy-cat" organization that uses Mother Waddles name
and organization info....this is the original organization!
10431 Grand River Avenue (between Livernois & Oakman
Detroit MI 48219
Used car auction held Saturdays at noon. Register the week before, M-S from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Need to bring proof of income and valid driver's license. Charity Motors accepts vehicles for
donation and sells them AS IS to low-income individuals and others in need of transportation.
Vehicles are available for sale to qualifying individuals at cost ranging from $100 to $1000.
Individuals who qualify may also be eligible for a further reduction in cost, depending on income......
families can get a 50% price reduction!
St. Vincent De Paul
Detroit MI 48207
Phone: 313-393-2930 OR 877-788-4623
Has car auctions....call for more information!
Oakland Livingston Human Service Agency
196 Cesar E. Chavez Avenue
PO Box 430598
Pontiac, MI 48343-0598
345 E. Nine Mile Road
Ferndale, MI 48220
2300 E. Grand River Avenue #107
Howell, MI 48843
Helps with car repairs for Oakland County residents
Workers on Wheels (WOW)
Monroe County only!
Provides cars to low-income residents who have gone through job training in order to get off welfare.
Goodwill Industries of S.E. Michigan and Michigan Rehabilitation Services
1357 Division Street
Adrian MI 49221
A distribution committee made up of our community partners selects the applicants they feel
will make the best possible use of the car donation and become self-sufficient. Each participant
is provided with a vehicle maintenance class and help is also available to secure child safety seats
Hemophilia Foundation of Michigan
1921 W. Michigan Ave.
Ypsilanti MI 48197
Phone: 734-544-0015 OR 800-482-3041 # 8
The Emergency Financial Assistance Program is available to consumers who find themselves
in a temporary financial emergency. The funds can be accessed for such items as food, utility
bills, rent, and car repair for individuals whose bleeding disorder impacts their income. For
those affected by hemophilia, von Willebrand, other coagulation disorders, hepatitis, HIV or AIDS
and whose bleeding disorder impacts their income.
Grant Assistance is dependent on:
Severity of the need
Ability of applicant to change his/her financial standing
Status of the Financial Aid Fund
Applicant must not have received financial aid from HFM in the past twelve months
Requests may come directly from the applicant or from the applicant's hemophilia treatment center
NOTE: Not sure if your mechanic is giving you a fair estimate? Head to www.repairpal.com,
where you can compare the quote to industry standards. Just enter the make and model of
your car, as well as your location, and the free site gives you a reasonable fee range, breaking
it down by parts and labor. That way you can sure you're getting the best deal!
Log on to www.2CarPros.com where you can ask a question and get an answer from a
certified auto mechanic. Response time varies but for a small donation (any amount you
and list how much you want to pay for the advice and you're get a response, often within
minutes, from a certified mechanic.
There are car problems that only the pros should repair BUT many others such as replacing
oil, headlights, air filters and hoses, can be done in your own driveway without any prior auto-
for the repair you need and you'll instantly get full details describing how to do it yourself!
The tables have turned thanks to Body Shop Bids. Just snap some photos of your damaged
car and upload them to this website. Local body shops will then bid on the job. Body Shop Bids
saves customers an average of 70 percent on body work. All Body Shops are quality controlled
by the website, and prices won't change unless the repair service finds damage not indicated
WAYS TO SAVE ON PARTS FOR DO-IT-YOURSELFERS!
See if your area has a business like this!
14533 Telegraph Road
Flat Rock MI 48134
Bring your own tools and remove the parts from a selection of 2,500 vehicles. Must be 16 or over!
Also has a "Big Truck" Section featuring commercial trucks, one-ton and larger, including stake
trucks, dump trucks, cube vans, RV's and semi-trucks.