Financial Assistance

United Way of Washtenaw County "Show me the Money Day"

Saturday, March 7, 2020 from 9:30am-3:30pm

Show Me The Money Day is a FREE event featuring free and low-cost financial products, community resources, financial workshops and free tax preparation for folks with low to moderate incomes.

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide offers free, individualized tax preparation for low to moderate-income taxpayers – especially those 50 and older – at nearly 5,000 locations nationwide.

AARP Tax Aide

Phone: (888) 687-2277

Find a Tax-Aide location near you:

Ann Arbor Thrift Shop members answer requests from social service case workers on behalf of people who need emergency aid for clothing, housing, utility bill payment, medical or dental care, car repair and transportation. Services are available to Ann Arbor residents only. A referral is required for assistance.

Ann Arbor Thrift Shop


3530 Washtenaw Ave, Suite K

Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Phone: (734) 662-6771


Hours: Mon-Sat, 10am-4pm

B&B Payee Services provides Representative Payee Services, Federal Fiduciary

Services, Conservator Services, and Financial Management assistance.They help all who are experiencing financial obstacles, including those with disabilities, low income, or receiving Social Security and/or Veterans benefits.

B&B Payee Services


124 Pearl St.

Ypsilanti, MI 48197

Phone: (734) 480-1347



Tax preparation volunteers are trained annually to help Washtenaw County limited-income seniors and adults with disabilities file simple income tax returns and credits.

Catholic Social Services Tax Assistance Program

The Michigan DHHS provides income supplement programs for individuals who are temporarily or permanently disabled, who lack money for food, shelter, and utilities. These include: Food Stamps, Child Support Programs, Day Care Services, Work First Program (employment and job training), Low Income Energy Assistance Programs (LIEAP), Medicaid, and State Disability Assistance (SDA).

Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS)


22 Center Street

Ypsilanti, MI 48197

Phone: (734) 481-2000

Get free tax return preparation from IRS certified preparers at our Ypsilanti sites.

Eastern Michigan University Beta Alpha Psi Accounting Club


EMU College of Business Room 102

300 W. Michigan Ave. Ypsilanti, MI 48197

Phone: (734) 487-0867



The Direct Assistance Program helps families prevent utility shut off, repair a car to get to work or medical appointments, obtain a prescription or other one-time medical needs and more.

Friends In Deed


1196 Ecorse Rd.

Ypsilanti, MI 48198

Help Line: (734) 484-4357

Furniture Line: (734) 484-7607



Hours: Mon-Fri, 9:30am-12pm

Since 1961, GreenPath has been helping people regain control of their finances --- and

their lives. In addition to other services, GreenPath offers free credit counseling and debt counseling to help ease your financial stress, address your financial concerns, and develop a plan for living a financially healthy life.

GreenPath Debt Solutions


5397 West Michigan Avenue

Ypsilanti, MI 48197

Phone: (800) 550-1961


Debt counseling in person: Wed & Fri, 8am-5pm

Debt counseling by telephone:

Mon-Thurs, 8am-10pm

Fri 8am-7pm

Sat 9am-6pm

In partnership with AARP, they host free tax assistance programs throughout the tax season.

Housing Bureau for Seniors

LITC helps low-income taxpayers tackle and resolve issues with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic


701 S State St

Ann Arbor, MI 48109


Phone: (734) 936-3535

MAP representative payees handle disabled clients’ financial affairs from paying bills and

distributing clients’ allowance, to helping them develop a budget, building personal financial

management skills, repairing credit, and in most cases regaining  independence over their

financial affairs.

Michigan Ability Partners (MAP)

Address: 3810 Packard Rd., Suite 260

Ann Arbor, MI 48108

Phone: (734) 975-6880


Whether or not you owe any income tax, if you are a Michigan taxpayer you can get FREE help in completing your income taxes by an IRS trained volunteer income tax assistance (VITA) or tax counseling for the elderly (TCE) preparer.

Navigate this website to learn about VITA, the EITC, organizations that offer free tax assistance, and more.

Michigan Free Tax Help

This website helps Michigan citizens facing economic hardship find the services they need.

Simply click on one of the five tabs for links to information about jobs and training,

unemployment benefits, health care, family support, and housing. Then click on the

link that will best meet your needs.

Michigan Helping Hand Program

Our economic development services include:

  • Family Financial Academy: Nine-week comprehensive financial management courses

  • Michigan $ave$: Washtenaw IDA (Individual Development Accounts), a savings program to purchase a home, start a business, or return to school for limited income families

  • Links to Home Ownership: Home ownership and foreclosure prevention for low-income families with children in Washtenaw County

  • Washtenaw Housing Education Partners (WHEP): Homebuyer preparation for first-time purchase



301 W Michigan Ave.

Ypsilanti, MI 48197

Phone: (734) 961-1990


This is the location to apply for social security retirement or disability benefits.

Social Security Administration


3971 Research Park Drive

Ann Arbor, MI 48108

Phone: (800) 772-1213

This organization can help you prepare returns if income is $45,000.00 or less.  Call the Parish Office at (734) 821-2100 to make a 45-minute appointment. No walk-ins! Please call to make an appointment.

St. Francis


2250 E Stadium Blvd

Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Phone: (734) 821-2100


Hours: Every Saturday, February through April, 10:30am to 2:00pm

Synod’s Representative Payee Program provides financial management of Veterans,

Social Security and SSI benefits on behalf of individuals who have difficulty using their

payments to meet their basic needs. A representative payee helps beneficiaries who need

assistance in managing their benefits.



615 S Mansfield St

Ypsilanti, MI 48197

Phone: (734)483-9363

United Way of Washtenaw County offers free tax help by appointment through April 6, 2019.

United Way of Washtenaw County


2305 Platt Road

Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Phone: (734) 971-8200



The VA provides accurate, efficient and timely services to ensure delivery of benefits to

veterans and their families. They may be able to assist veterans in an emergency.

Veteran Affairs

Address: 2155 Hogback P.O. Box 8645

Ann Arbor, MI 48107

Phone: (734) 973-4540

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Washtenaw County families.

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