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Financial Assistance

This resource database provides a list and description of services available in Washtenaw County to older adults and their families. It is organized by types of assistance.

The University of Michigan Geriatrics Center does not endorse any of the services listed on this website. It is intended to be as comprehensive as possible. We apologize in advance for any omissions or errors. Please contact us at (734) 998-9354 to suggest changes.

Ann Arbor Thrift Shop
Address: 3530 Washtenaw Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Phone: (734) 662-6771
Website: http://www.annarborthriftshop.org/
Services: Thrift Shop takes referrals from social service case workers on behalf of local residents who need emergency aid for clothing, housing, utility bills, medical or dental care, car repair, or transportation. The individual must be referred by a social service agency.
Hours: Monday - Saturday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Fees: No fee

BenefitsCheckUp
Website: http://www.benefitscheckup.org/
Services: BenefitsCheckUp is a non-profit Web-based service to screen for benefits programs for seniors with limited income and resources. It includes more than 1,650 public and private benefits programs from all 50 states and the District of Columbia, such as: Prescription drugs, Nutrition (including Supplemental Nutrition Assistance (SNAP)/Food Stamps), Energy Assistance, Financial, Legal, Health Care, Social Security, Housing, In-home Services, Tax Relief, Transportation, Educational Assistance, Employment, and Volunteer Services.
Fees: No fee.

Catholic Social Services
Address: 5361 McAuley Dr., Ypsilanti, MI 48197
Phone: (734) 712-7775 or (800) 803-7174
Fax: (734) 712-7765
Website: http://www.csswashtenaw.org/
Services: Medicare/ Medicaid Assistance Program assists all Medicare beneficiaries in choosing a Part D plan for prescription coverage, applying for Extra Help through Social Security, and applying for Medicaid. Volunteer tax assistance program available during tax season.
Hours: Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Fees: No fee.

Department of Veterans Affairs
Address: 2155 Hogback Rd., P.O. Box 8645, Ann Arbor, MI 48107
Phone: (734) 973-4540
Fax: (734) 973-4560
Website: http://www.ewashtenaw.org/
Services: Help offered to Washtenaw County veterans to apply for all federal veterans pensions and benefits, including: Michigan Veterans Trust Fund, which has emergency funds for housing, utilities, medicine; Veterans Relief, an indigent relief program; assistance with employment assistance, health care, and burial expenses.
Hours: Monday – Thursday 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Fees: No fee.

Faith in Action
Address: Chelsea Community Hospital, Faith in Action Bldg., 603 S. Main St. Chelsea, MI 48118
Phone: (734) 475-3305
Website: http://www.faithinaction1.org/
Services: Financial help with heat, electric, water, and rent. Income- qualified families are eligible to receive help when they have received a shut-off notice or notice to quit/eviction. Social work staff will negotiate with utility companies and landlords to clarify expectations. Available only to residents of Chelsea and Dexter School Districts.
Hours: Monday - Friday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Wednesdays 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Fees: No fee.

Friends in Deed
Address: 1196 Ecorse Rd., Ypsilanti, MI 48198
Phone: (734) 484-4357
Website: http://www.friendsindeed.info/
Services: Financial help for unmet needs for Washtenaw County residents, such as housing, utility bills, health and employment-related needs, transportation, childcare, clothing, prescriptions and medical needs. Needs should be those that other humans service agencies cannot meet.
Hours: Monday - Friday 9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Fees: No fee.

GreenPath Debt Solutions
Address: 315 E. Eisenhower Parkway, Suite 206, Ann Arbor, MI 48108
Phone: (800) 550-1961, For appointment, (888) 776-6735
Website: http://www.greenpath.com/
Services: Non-profit company provides confidential credit reports, money management assistance, debt consolidation, pre-purchase forclosure prevention, mortgage and reverse mortgage counseling.
Hours: Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., closed 12-1 p.m.
Fees: Varies according to service.

Health Well Foundation
Address: P.O. Box 4133, Gaithersburg, MD 20878
Phone: 1-800-675-8416
Fax: 1-800-282-7692
Website: http://www.healthwellfoundation.org/
Services: The Health Well Foundation is a non-profit, charitable organization that helps individuals afford prescription medications they are taking for specific illnesses. The Foundation provides financial assistance to eligible patients to cover other certain out-of-pocket health care costs, such as: prescription drug coinsurance, co-payments and deductibles, and health insurance premiums. Eligibility is determined by financial, medical, and insurance information.
Hours: Monday - Friday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Fees: No fee.

Hope Clinic
Address: 518 Harriet St., Ypsilanti, MI 48198
Phone: (734) 484-2989
Fax: (734) 484-6825
Website: http://www.thehopeclinic.org/
Services: Hope Clinic has access to limited funds to help prevent evictions, utility shut-offs and other essential emergency needs. Clients must apply to other area agencies first.
Hours: Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m., 1 - 5 p.m.
Fees: N/A.

Housing Bureau for Seniors
Address: 2401 Plymouth Rd., Suite C
Phone: (734) 998-9339
Fax: (734) 998-9340
Website: http://www.med.umich.edu/seniors
Services: Offers assistance through the following programs:
Housing Counseling: Housing options, including independent, assisted living and nursing homes.
Elderly Eviction Prevention: Assistance to keep renters in their apartment or to help with relocation.
Foreclosure Prevention: Assistance to prevent homeowners from foreclosure due to unpaid property tax or mortgage payments. AARP volunteer tax assistance program during tax season.
HomeShare: Matching of senior homeowners with home seekers interested in renting space.
Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Fees: No fee

Jewish Family Services
Address: 2245 S. State St., Suite 200, Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Phone: (734) 769-0209
Fax: (734) 769-0224
Website: http://www.jfsannarbor.org/
Services: Helps Washtenaw County residents of any age access a variety of emergency community funds, based on those programs’ income and asset guidelines.
Hours: Monday - Thursday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Friday 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Fees: No fee.

Manchester Family Services
Address: 1700 Bethel Church Rd., P.O. Box 471 - Manchester, MI 48158
Phone: (734) 428-7183
Services: Emergency aid for residents of Manchester School District. Can provide food or help with rent, utility payments, and medical bills.
Hours: Monday – Friday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Fees: No fee.

Michigan Parkinson’s Foundation
Address: 30400 Telegraph Rd., Suite 150, Bingham Farms, MI 48025
Phone: (248) 433-1011 or (800) 852-9781
Fax: (248) 433-1150
Website: http://www.parkinsonsmi.org/
Services: Michigan Parkinson’s Foundation can assist Michigan residents with Parkinson’s disease who meet financial criteria obtain some relief for medication costs.
Hours: Monday - Friday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Fees: No fee.

Michigan Prescription Drug Discount Card
Address: P.O. Box 30412, Lansing, MI 48909
Phone: 1-866-755-6479 or 1-800-259-8016
Website: http://www.mihealth.org/
Services: MIRx card is a prescription drug discount program for Michigan residents who do not have any prescription drug coverage.
Hours: Monday - Friday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Fees: No fee.

National Kidney Foundation of Michigan
Address: 1169 Oak Valley Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48108
Phone: (734) 222-9800 or 800-482-1455
Fax: (734) 222-9801
Website: http://www.kidney.org/
Services: The Prescription Drug Bank provides medications through a mail order pharmacy to the patient’s home. Patient must have kidney disease, be a Michigan resident, and be underinsured or uninsured.
Hours: Monday - Friday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Fees: No fee.

NeedyMeds.org
Website: http://www.needymeds.org/
Services: NeedyMeds is 501(c)(3) non-profit with the mission of helping people who cannot afford medicine or healthcare costs. The information is available anonymously and free of charge.

Hours: N/A.
Fees: No fee.

S.O.S. Community Services
Address: 101 S. Huron, Ypsilanti, MI 48197
Phone: Administrative Office: (734) 485-8730, Help Line: (734) 484-4300
Fax: (734) 485-8739
Website: http://www.soscs.org/
Services: Financial assistance is available for utility bills (gas, electricity, water) only when they are in shut-off status. Washtenaw County residents are allowed to use this service once every 12 months. Walk-in service is available at: SOS Crisis Center, 114 N. River Street, Ypsilanti, MI 48198
Hours: Monday - Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Walk-in service: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Wednesday 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Fees: No fee.

Saline Area Social Services
Address: 131 E. Michigan, Saline, MI 48176
Phone: (734) 429-4570
Website: http://www.salinesocialservice.com/
Services: Short-term help with prescriptions, family counseling, food, and utility bills. Must live in the Saline School District and meet financial criteria.
Hours: Monday, 10:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 10 a.m. - 3 p.m
Fees: No fee.

Salvation Army
Address: 100 Arbana Drive, Ann Arbor, Mi 48103
Phone: (734) 668-8353
Fax: (734) 668-0908
Website: http://www.sawashtenaw.org/
Services: Emergency financial assistance.
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Fees: No fee.

Social Security Administration
Address: 3971 Research Park Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48108
Phone: 1 -800-772-1213
TTY: 1-800-325-0778
Website: http://www.ssa.gov/
Services: Enrolls financially-eligible Medicare beneficiaries in Part D Extra Help to assist with prescription costs.
Hours: Phone hours: Monday - Friday 7 a.m. - 7 p.m., Office hours: Monday – Friday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Fees: N/A.

State of Michigan Department of Human Services
Address: 22 Center St., Ypsilanti, MI 48198
Phone: (734) 481-2000
Fax: (734) 481-8386
TTY: (734) 481-2119
Website: http://www.michigan.gov/dhs
Services: Handles applications for Medicaid, State of Emergency Relief, and other state financial programs.
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Fees: No fee.

University of Michigan Credit Union
Address: 530 South State Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48109 (+6 branches)
Phone: (734) 662-8200, or 800-968-8628
Fax: (734) 996-4522
Website: http://www.umcu.org/
Services: Licensed professional will analyze income and debts in an initial 2-hour consultation. Must be a University of Michigan Credit Union member.
Hours: Monday – Thursday 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Fees: No fee.

Washtenaw County MSU Extension
Address: 705 Zeeb Road P.O Box 8645, Ann Arbor, MI 48107
Phone: (734) 997-1678
Fax: (734) 222-3990
Website: http://www.ewashtenaw.org/government/departments/extension
Services: Individual counseling on basic budgeting skills and money to Washtenaw County residents.
Hours: Monday – Thursday 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Fees: No fee.

Washtenaw County Prescription Plan
Address: 555 Towner Street, Ypsilanti, MI 48197
Phone: (734) 544-6886
Fax: (734) 544-6704
Website: http://www.ewashtenaw.org/
Services: The Washtenaw County Prescription Plan (WCPP) is a discount prescription drug program for County residents of all ages who have limited, exhausted, or no prescription drug coverage.
Hours: Monday – Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Fees: No fee.

World Medical Relief
Address: 11745 Rosa Parks Blvd., Detroit, MI 48206
Phone: (313) 866-5333
Fax: (313) 866-5588
Website: http://www.worldmedicalrelief.org/
Services: Affordable prescription program available for financially-qualified individuals 18+. Financial guidelines as of 12/12 are as follows: $21,780 or less per year ($29,420 per couple). Add $300 for each additional dependent. Cannot have other prescription coverage or full Medicaid. May qualify with a discount prescription card or if you have Medicare Part D.
Call 2-1-1 for application and more information
Hours: Monday - Friday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Fees: $ 8.30 per prescription.

Ypsilanti Thrift Shop
Address: 14 S. Washington Street, Ypsilanti, MI 48197
Phone: (734) 483-1226
Services: Can give vouchers for clothing and household items from the store. Agency social workers must first contact the shop’s Director of Social Services at(734) 483-3932 for approval. One voucher per client every six months.
Hours: Monday – Friday 10 a.m .– 3:30 p.m.
Fees: No fee.

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Contact Information:
Barbara Zaret
E-mail: barbaraz@umich.edu
Phone: (734) 998-9354