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Ann Arbor Community Center: Emergency Food Pantry

1st Wed. and 3rd Thurs, 10 a.m. until food is gone (approximately 11:30). Program not available in summer, only by appointment., S, V

625 N. Main [map]
(734) 662-3128

Ann Arbor Meals on Wheels

Delivers lunches and dinners to homebound residents. Meals delivered Mon.-Sat. around noon. Partially funded by the U-M Health System; donations requested. To volunteer, call or visit website., S, V

2025 Traverwood, # F [map]
(734) 998-6686

Avalon Housing

Develops and operates permanent supportive housing for individuals and families who are homeless and disabled. Property managers work with support service teams to help residents maintain housing stability and prevent a return to homelessness. Support services include case management and crisis response, as well as youth and community building activities. Currently serving 420 Avalon tenants, and an additional 215 individuals and families in public housing and with private landlords., V

1327 Jones, #102 [map]
(734) 663-5858

Back Door Food Pantry (St. Clare Episcopal Church, Temple Beth Emeth, Muslim Social Services)

Nonperishable and perishable food available Thurs. 4-7 p.m. No proof of need required., V

2309 Packard [map]
(734) 662-2449 (St. Clare Episcopal Church)

Breakfast at St. Andrew's

Since 1982. Free breakfast daily 7:30-8:30 a.m. V

306 N. Division (St. Andrew's Episcopal Church) [map]
(734) 663-0518 ext. 206

Bryant Market (Community Action Network)

Perishable and nonperishable foods for low-income residents of Washtenaw County. Bring government-issued ID and proof of residence. Eligible households may come twice a month. Open Mon., Tues., & Fri. 1-6 p.m.; Wed. & Thurs. 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat. noon-4 p.m. Summer hours (Memorial Day-Labor Day): Mon., Tues., & Fri. 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.; Wed. & Thurs. 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat. noon-4 p.m., V

3 W. Eden [map]
(734) 994-2985

Casa Latina

Offers resources for Spanish-speaking and the Latino population of Washtenaw County.

4925 Packard [map]
(734) 926-4656

Community Alliance

Supports and empowers people with developmental disabilities to achieve the highest possilbe level of independence and self sufficiency through direct support services and fiscal intermediary services.,

301 W. Michigan Ave., #102, Ypsilanti 48197 [map]
(734) 482-3300

Community Services (Jewish Family Services)

Crisis and case management, resource information, and referrals for persons in need. Specialty food pantry: Kosher, Halal, gluten-free, low sodium. Open Pantry days are Tuesday and Thursday 11 a.m.-4 p.m. U

2245 S. State [map]
(734) 769-0209

Conover Food Pantry (UNIFIED - HIV Health and Beyond)

Supplementary food, cleaning supplies, and personal care items for people living with HIV/AIDS who are current clients of UNIFIED - HIV Health and Beyond. Food pickup every Wednesday from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; personal care items and cleaning supplies 3rd Wed. from 11 a.m.-5 p.m., V

3075 Clark, #203, Ypsilanti, 48197 [map]
(734) 572-9355, (866) HIV-TEST

Emergency Food Program (Catholic Social Services)

Distributes groceries and personal care items to low-income families and individuals on a monthly and/or emergency basis. Also provides assistance on how to apply for food stamp benefits and referrals to outside agencies for other critical services. Tues. 3-7 p.m., Thurs. 9 a.m.-3 p.m., 2nd & 4th Sat. 1-4 p.m. (click on Food & Health). U, V

815 Taylor, Northside Community Center [map]
(734) 662-4462

Food Gatherers Community Kitchen

Provides hot meals to anyone in need Mon.-Fri. noon-1 p.m. & 5:30-6:30 p.m.; Sat. & Sun. 3-4 p.m. Also, Community Kitchen Job Training Program for low-income and at-risk youth. See website for other food resources and SNAP application assistance., V

312 W. Huron [map]
(734) 761-2796

Friends In Deed

Interfaith network gives emergency help to low-income county residents for basic necessities, furniture, car repairs, donations, utility shutoffs, and other emergency needs critical to health and well-being. No walk-ins. Mon.-Fri. 9:30 a.m.-noon., V

1196 Ecorse, Ypsilanti 48198 [map]
Helpline: (734) 484-4357, Furniture line: (734) 484-7607


Food Bank provides emergency food to families in need; Weekend Meal Program serves meals Sat. and Sun. 4-5 p.m. Wash with Care Program allows families to do laundry for free. Care and Share Closet supplies household and personal necessities. Financial Assistance Program provides limited help for emergency financial needs. Baby Care Program provides emergency formula and diapers as available., V

518 Harriet, Ypsilanti 48197 [map]
(734) 484-2989

Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley

Builds and renovates homes in partnership with qualifying low-income county families. Also runs Habitat for Humanity ReStore (see listing under Donations). Office hours: Mon.-Thurs. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Fri. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. V

170 Aprill, #A [map]
(734) 677-1558

Homeless Empowerment Relationship Organization of Washtenaw County

Serves homeless, ex-offenders, and at-risk adults in the county with one-on-one assistance, resource referrals, clothing, classes., V

8488 Orhan, Canton 48187 [map]
(734) 975-6849

House By the Side of the Road

Provides clothing, small household items, bedding, toys, and cribs at no cost to those in need. Clients served Mon.- Fri. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Donations accepted until 2 p.m. V

2051 S. State [map]
(734) 769-4085

Housing Access for Washtenaw County (HAWC)

Single point of entry for all county shelters. Washtenaw County residents who face eviction, owe back rent, are experiencing homelessness, or have no ongoing place to stay, should call for an initial screening. Mon.-Fri. 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.,

(734) 961-1999

Interfaith Hospitality Network of Washtenaw County at Alpha House

Temporary shelter, food, and support services for children and their families experiencing homelessness. All shelters in Washtenaw County are filled through Housing Access, (734) 961-1999., V

4290 Jackson [map]
(734) 822-0220

Jimmy Hill House

Provides food, clothing, camping supplies, day warming shelter, friendship, guidance, laundry, showers, and large group meetings for the homeless community. Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Sat. noon-4 p.m., Sun. noon-8 p.m. Free meal Sun. 6 p.m.,

3501 Stone School [map]
(734) 531-8368

Living Inspired and Guided Housing Tenants, LIGHT, (POWER Inc.)

Provides permanent housing and support services to homeless families with minor children in which at least one family member has a disability; referrals from Housing Access for Washtenaw County (see listing, above). U, V

301 W. Michigan Ave., #A-20, Ypsilanti [map]
(734) 961-1990

MSU Extension: Nutrition and Physical Activity Education programs

Provides nutrition programs for community groups, pre-K to older adult. Most programs are free to qualifying residents. Topics include food groups, food safety, menu planning, and preparation. Contact the MSU Extension office for more information on scheduling a program or to find a class. U

705 N. Zeeb [map]
(734) 997-1678

MSU Extension: Housing (Washtenaw Homebuyer Education Program -WHEP) and financial management Programs

Programs and education in home ownership counseling and education and financial management education. U

705 N. Zeeb [map]
(734) 997-1678

MSU Extension: Local Foods Coordination

Programs and education to build relationships with food buyers, retailers, processors, farmers, including traditional retailers and non-traditional retail outlets such as farmers markets and community supported agriculture farms (CSAs), restaurants and institutions. U

705 N. Zeeb [map]
(734) 997-1678

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services-Washtenaw County

Financial and health services to income-eligible families, including food assistance and emergency services. Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Online applications at

22 Center, Ypsilanti 48198 [map]
(734) 481-2000

Ozone House

Services for youth ages 10-20 (and their families) experiencing crisis or conflict, including those who are runaways, homeless, abused, or neglected. Youth and family counseling; emergency housing for ages 10-17; transitional housing for ages 17-20; and life skills training. Also, the Ypsilanti Drop-In Center, 102 N. Hamilton, (734) 485-2222 (4-8 p.m. weekdays), a safe place for youth ages 13-20, provides housing, employment, and education help; crisis intervention; counseling; and meals. V, U

1705 Washtenaw [map]
Business line: (734) 662-2265, Crisis line (24 hours): (734) 662-2222

Crisis Needs and Advocacy Programs (Peace Neighborhood Center)

Cash assistance, referrals and advocacy for medical, legal, and housing problems related to basic needs like food, shelter, and clothing. Budgeting and planning assistance to help prevent families from returning to the same situation that led to the crisis., U,V

1111 N. Maple [map]
(734) 662-3564

Resettlement Services (Jewish Family Services)

Pre-arrival processing, reception, placement, and postarrival services for refugees and SIV holders arriving to the Washtenaw County area who are referred by the U.S. State Department. Services include employment assessment, basic needs support, and referrals. Includes services for victims of human trafficking. (Mon.-Fri. 9:30 a.m.-noon, Mon.-Thurs. 1-3 p.m.). U, V

2245 S. State [map]
(734) 769-0209

Safe House Center

Temporary shelter and other life help for victims of domestic violence. Advocates help survivors find safe and affordable housing, employment, childcare, and reliable transportation. Holds support groups and workshops., V

4100 Clark [map]
(734) 995-5444

SOS Community Services

Walk-in services include transportation and utility assistance, MI Bridges navigation, and referrals to community resources. Food pantry by appointment, Tues. 1-6:30 p.m. and Wed. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. For appointment, call (734) 484-9945 Tues. 9-11 a.m. or Thurs. 1-3 p.m. All services free to county residents., U, V

114 N. River, Ypsilanti 48198 [map]

Salvation Army

At both locations are food pantry, family shelter, transitional housing for veterans, utility assistance. Mon.-Fri. 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Some services require an appointment, so call ahead. V

100 Arbana. [map]
Ann Arbor location.

9 S. Park. [map]
Ypsilanti location, (734) 482-4700, Soup kitchen serves dinner Mon. & Thurs. 5-6 p.m., and lunch Wed., 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
(734) 668-8353

Shelter Association of Washtenaw County

Emergency shelter, 75-bed temporary residence, meals, housing placement assistance, health care, HIV/AIDS testing, job-seeking assistance, mental health advocacy, support groups, literacy support, resource referrals, and other services for adults experiencing homelessness. Lunch served Mon.-Fri. noon-1 p.m.; dinner served Mon.-Fri. 5:30-6:30 p.m., Sat. & Sun. One meal only 3-4 p.m. Call for shelter intake information. Services free., V

312 W. Huron (Robert J. Delonis Center) [map]
(734) 662-2829 ext. 238

Staples Family Center

Homeless shelter program with emphasis on transition to permanent housing. Referral required through Housing Access for Washtenaw County (see listing, above). V

3660 Packard [map]
(734) 761-7750

Vespers Dinner (First Baptist Church)

Free dinner every Tues. 5:30-6:30 p.m.,

517 E. Washington [map]
(734) 663-9376

Veteran's Haven of Hope House, (Salvation Army)

Two-year transitional housing program for veterans. Individualized case work services and weekly meetings with caseworkers. Referral required through HAWC, Housing Access for Washtenaw County, (see listing above) S, V

809 Henry [map]
(734) 668-8353

Weatherization Program (Washtenaw County Office of Community and Economic Development)

Free housing weatherization services for income-eligible county residents. Services include insulation, weather stripping, and inspections and replacements for refrigerators, furnaces and water heaters.,

415 W. Michigan, #2200, Ypsilanti [map]
(734) 544-3008

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