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. Help is limited to once a calendar year. Applicant must live within the Ann Arbor School District and have an advocate/counselor.
Friends In Deed has provided utility assistance to residents of Washtenaw County for over three decades. Friends In Deed works with other social service agencies in the community to prevent utility shut off. Not only are families able to keep their water running, lights on and rooms warmed (or cooled depending on the season), they are often able to qualify for a payment plan that allows them to retain a bigger part of their budget for other necessities: food, medical care, clothing, etc.
Lifeline is a federal program that lowers the monthly cost of phone and internet. Eligible customers will get at least $9.25 toward their bill.You can only use Lifeline for either phone or internet, but not both. To get Lifeline, find a company near you.
Through the resource center, we help stretch tight budgets so community members can stay housed by offering a choice food pantry and walk-in services. Families can get assistance with utilities, transportation, personal care items, and housing resources. The SOS Resource Center also is a MiBridges Navigation site so people can get connected to the benefits offered by the DHHS.