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)
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.
12300 Radio Dr.
Detroit, MI 48228
Phone: Main Line: 313-272-3434
Phone: Studio Line: 313-838-1035
Email: Chris: email@example.com
WMUZ Radio does a Pay It Forward segment in the morning and they often have folks help
out with transportation, as well as other issues.
Matrix Human Services / Ways to Work Loan Program
Detroit, MI 48201
Matrix Ways to Work
13560 East McNichols
Detroit, MI 48205
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 ad-
dition, 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, & 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 Michigan
21415 Civic Center Dr. Suite 306
Southfield, MI 48076
V.O.A. Auto Sales
618 E. Walton
Pontiac, MI 48340
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. Prices are below
typical pricing and negotiable. Veterans also receive a special discount.
Mother Waddles Car Donation
21501 W. 8 Mile
Detroit, MI 48219
Phone: 313-WADDLES (313-923-3537)
Please be aware that there is a "copy-cat" organization that uses Mother Waddles name and
organization info....this is the original organization!
407 Wekiva Springs #201
Longwood, FL 43779
10431 Grand River Ave.(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 877-788-4623
Has car auctions....call for more information!
Oakland Livingston Human Service Agency
196 Cesar E. Chavez Ave.
PO Box 430598
Pontiac, MI 48343-0598
345 E. Nine Mile
Ferndale, MI 48220
2300 E. Grand River Ave. #107
Howell, MI 48843
Helps with car repairs for Oakland County residents
Friends In Deed
Ypsilanti, MI 48198
Help Line: 734-484-4357
One of the biggest problems faced by low-income families is an unexpected car repair. In a county
where the mean travel to work is 23.7 miles, losing access to a reliable car can result in catastrophe.
After all, if you can’t get to work, you may lose your job. If you lose your job, you may lose your home. Avoiding this domino effect is why Friends In Deed offers car repair assistance to families who need
a car to get to work and/or to obtain medical treatment for a severe condition. Also may help with other transportation-related resources!
We Pass on Used Cars for Free:
We also accept car donations so that we can pass on reliable transportation to an individual or family
in need. Again, the car must be used to get to work or medical treatment.
Hemophilia Foundation of Michigan
1921 W. Michigan Ave.
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
Phone: 734-544-0015 800-482-3041
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:
1. Severity of the need
2. Ability of applicant to change his/her financial standing
3. Status of the Financial Aid Fund
4. Applicant must not have received financial aid from HFM
in the past twelve months.
5. Requests may come directly from the applicant or from
the applicant's hemophilia treatment center
Chaldean Community Foundation
30095 Northwestern Hwy. Suite 101
Farmington Hills, MI 48334
3601 15 Mile
Sterling Heights, MI 48310
Chaldean Loan Fund:
Provides low-interest loans to help refugees purchase a car (funded entirely through
HERE TO HELP FOUNDATION
P.O. Box 480
Royal Oak, MI 48068
Has financial help for car repairs as well as a program or employed workers to receive
a car. See website for details. Open to Wayne County & Oakland County.
Keys to Progress
Since 2013, Progressive has been honoring veterans with vehicle donations through the Keys
To Progress® program. So far, we’ve donated more than 600 vehicles to veterans and veteran organizations.The one-day vehicle giveaway event happens every November and is a strong
source of pride for everyone who works here. Employees across the country volunteer to find
vehicles to donate, organize fundraising activities to collect money or goods to provide reci-
pient families, and plan memorable vehicle giveaway events for the veterans. By providing
transportation support, our hope is to offer a little relief and improve the lives of military men
and women facing tough circumstances—from difficult personal and family health needs to
excessive rent burdens, unemployment and homelessness.
Every November, we host a one-day vehicle giveaway event for veterans at various Progressive
offices and authorized vehicle repair facility locations across the United States. Counting this
year, we will have donated more than 600 vehicles to veterans and veteran organizations since
2013. Applications are reviewed starting in May of each program year and recipients are typically
selected and contacted by September 30th per year.
If you are a veteran and have interest in being a Keys to Progress program vehicle recipient
you need to apply through a non-profit organization (e.g., charity, military association like a
Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) post, Veterans Administration (VA) hospital, etc.) and meet
specific criteria. (Visit the website for more detailed information.)
Phone: 248-960-4212 OR your local store
Auto Zone provides the use of tools needed to make your own auto repairs as well as
instructions. A returnable deposit is required to check out tools. Check it out on their
website under "Repair Help".
If the "Check engine light" is ON, AutoZone employees will do a free scan of the diag-
nostic port and give you a printout of the fault codes.They will also check batteries,
starters and alternators for you.
ORGANIZATIONS THAT MAY HELP REPAIR YOUR VEHICLE!
If you are a D.H.S. client OR qualify to receive help from them, see the information at the top
of this webpage!
Open Door Outreach Center
7140 Cooley Lake
Waterford, MI 48327
We service families in Waterford, White Lake, West Bloomfield, Keego Harbor, Orchard
Lake, Sylvan Lake, Commerce, Walled Lake, Wolverine Lake and parts of Wixom. Ref-
errals from other agencies are also accepted. Families who live outside of our service
area will find some help and referrals to agencies in their home area.
Open Door provides financial assistance, referrals to other collaborative nonprofits and
emotional support to families experiencing emergency utility or housing needs, as fun-
ding permits. We meet with people and learn they are often facing evictions, utility shut-
offs, car breakdowns or medical problems. When funding is available, we provide people
with support - and we also collaborate with many other church partners to secure addit-
ional funding to prevent a crisis. In addition, we help with referrals to other area services.
Hospitality House Food Pantry
2075 E. West Maple Suite B204
Commerce Twp, MI 48390
What is Pit Stop?
Pit Stop is a grant based car repair program with limited funding. Please note that funding
may not be available at the time of your application. Interested persons may call the pantry
to inquire if funds are available.
Am I eligible to receive help?
HHFP may authorize vehicle repairs for existing eligible clients for a vehicle that is the primary
means of transportation, even if public transit is available. An existing eligible client is someone
who has received HHFP food distribution or housing services within the last 90 days, AND has
been a recipient of pantry services for longer than 30 days. Please note that prior approval is
required before assistance is authorized.
The following conditions must be met:
1. The person must be an Oakland County resident
2. An eligible client owns the vehicle
3. The client requesting the service has a valid driver’s license
4. The repair is expected to make the vehicle safe and roadworthy including new tires,
headlamps, batteries, etc.
A lease vehicle may be repaired for a client when there is at least 12 months left in the
lease agreement. Authorizations for any vehicle purchased within the last 60 calendar
days is prohibited.
HHFP only provides assistance for car repairs.Towing or other related auto expenses
such as gas, license plate tags, auto insurance, etc. are ineligible. The Hospitality House
primarily serves the cities of Walled Lake, Wixom, and Novi.
Macomb Charitable Foundation
18215 24 Mile
Macomb, MI 48042
The Macomb Charitable Foundation exists to help children living at or below poverty level
in Macomb County. Our goal is to alleviate the suffering of children and their families by
providing financial assistance for items such as but not limited to; food, clothing, personal
care items, rent/utility assistance, vehicle repair, educational assistance and when available
personal & spiritual mentoring.
1720 S. Livernois
Rochester Hills, MI 48307
Phone: 248-651-5836 #0 Ask for a Case Manager
The Neighborhood House has received funds from the United Way to assist with car repair
for those who have been impacted by the COVID-19 shutdown.
Saving Grace Auto Repairs This service is HIGHLY recommended
Phone: 313-955-3530 by Julie!
Offering low-cost & free help with repairing your vehicle (mobile help too!) by a licensed
mechanic for people in need.
Tone Up for Tune Ups
Covenant Presbyterian Church
21575 W. Ten Mile
Southfield, MI 48075
Southfield Residents Only - One time assistance with car repairs
1. Official letter from employer giving proof you are
working at least 20 hours per week
2. 2 quotes from licensed auto mechanics
3. Letter explaining your circumstances and why you
need help with your car repairs
For more information contact: Rhonda Terry at Southfield Human Services 248-796-4542
Pull Over Prevention Clinic
We are a group of community members that organizes regular free auto repair events to help
folks avoid unnecessary and dangerous interactions with police and immigration. Watch for
these events on the above Facebook page OR on the Julie's List Facebook page!
Utica United Methodist Church
Sterling Heights, MI 48134
Phone: 586-731-4490 #230 to schedule a time
The Free Oil Change Opportunity is available for those individuals without any requirement
for them other than to respond by scheduling and keeping an appointment on the day the
Free Oil Changes are available, typically on the last Saturday in September, each year. Check
this websites Facebook page for the flyer!
If you live in Washtenaw County, please see Friends Indeed above!
WAYS TO SAVE ON AUTO REPAIRS!
Many local Colleges, High-School and Technical Schools / Consortiums have programs where the
Students work on cars to get the experience they need! Call around to your local schools and you
may very well find a FREE or very low-cost program to take advantage of and provide needed lear-
ning experiences for students!
Not sure if your mechanic is giving you a fair estimate? Head to https://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!
auto mechanic. Response time varies but for a small donation (any amount you choose), your question
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, headl-
ights, air filters and hoses, can be done in your own driveway without any prior auto-repair knowledge.
For easy-to-follow instructions, go to https://www.automd.com/how-to/ and search for the repair you need and you'll instantly get full details describing how to do it yourself!
WAYS TO SAVE ON PARTS FOR DO-IT-YOURSELFERS!
See if your area has a business like this!
11360 E. 8 Mile
Detroit, MI 48205
5970 W. Warren
Detroit, MI 48210
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.
WHEN YOU NEED INEXPENSIVE TIRES!
TIRE EXPRESS (New and Used Tires)
Main Administrative Number: 734-799-2884
Flat Rock, MI 48134
Taylor, MI 48180
15915 Woodward Ave.
Highland Park, MI 48203
Detroit, MI 48204
30720 W. 12 Mile (Orchard Lake and 12 Mile)
Farmington Hills, MI 48334
Phone: 248- 737-7812
A good place to take cars for service and they might give clients used tires for free.