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Community Resources

The Heat and Warmth Fund(THAW)

With the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic families need help now more than ever. The Heat and Warmth Fund (THAW) has funds available to help vulnerable Michigan residents pay their utility bills.

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CERA Rental and Utility Assistance

COVID Emergency Rental Assistance (CERA) can provide rental and utility assistance for eligible renter households so that they retain their housing stability.

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Stimulus Assistance for Families

Struggling to make ends meet? Did you know the new stimulus bill offers to help lift families out of tough times, including anyone with lower incomes, homelessness, or other tough situations.? The key to accessing this money is for families to file their taxes. This will make them eligible not only for the most recent stimulus check (worth more than more than $4,000 for a family of three), but also a monthly, per child allowance of $250-$300 through December.

The most critical work that can be done is helping families file their federal tax forms - particularly if they make so little that they do not need to file taxes and if they have never filed taxes before. This can be done for free for anyone making less than $72,000 using the IRS site that has partnered with a number of tax preparation software companies. If clients do not have a bank account, they can use a prepaid debit card to have money sent to them directly. (This is particularly helpful if they also do not have a stable address).

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Oakland County Eviction Diversion Program

The Eviction Diversion Program (EDP) is designed to keep Michigan residents who fell behind on their rent during COVID-19 in rental housing. The program utilizes a special process which may involve the district court to get fast rental assistance for renters who have been impacted. By participating in this program, landlords can receive up to 90% of a tenant’s back rent paid in a lump sum and are required to forgive late fees. Additional information and specific guidelines are provided here: Eviction Diversion Program MSHDA

If you live in Oakland County and fell behind on your rent, please contact Community Housing Network’s Housing Resource Center (HRC) to discuss EDP assistance. Leave a message at 248-269-1335 or (toll-free) 1-866-282-3119 and a housing specialist will call you back soon for your intake screening. A housing specialist will review EDP with you and collect the necessary documentation. Those interested in this program must also contact Lakeshore Legal Aid to be connected with legal assistance. Call the Lakeshore Legal Aid Hotline at 888-783-8190 or you can apply online at

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St. James Pantry

St. James Pantry is available to individuals or families struggling to put food on their table. If you are having difficulty or need emergency food assistance, please call for more information.
St. James of Novi located at 46325 W 10 Mile Rd, Novi, MI 48374
(248) 347-7778 ext. 17 or ask for Christian Service.

Community Clothes Closet

We provide clothing and small household furnishings to income eligible families in the community free of charge. The Community Clothing Closet carries donated clothes ranging from infant to adult, including shoes, coats, etc. The closet also includes donated kitchenware, linens, toys, small appliances and household items.

To be eligible the following documentation must be provided:

  • Driver’s license, state ID, or passport
  • Proof of income(SSI/SSD letter, two paystubs, previous year’s 1040 tax form)
  • Proof of residency (two pieces of mail with the name and address matching your ID)

Community Clothes Closet is located at the Church of Holy Family 24505 Meadowbrook Road, Novi, MI 48375.

Please call and schedule an appointment for assistance (248) 349-8553

Homeless Resources

Lighthouse Emergency Services
(248) 920-6100; ext. 2200

Senior Services
Financial Assistance
Financial Follow- up Care Program
Lighthouse PATH
(248) 335-1950

Transitional Housing
Life Skills
PATH Housing
Child Care
Medical Care
Job Training
Work Force Development
Lighthouse Community Development
Financial Literary and Home Foreclosure
(248) 920-6200

Fair Housing Pre purchase Education Workshops
Financial Management
Budget Counseling
Home Improvement and Rehabilitation Counseling
Mortgage Delinquency and Default Resolution Counseling
Non-Delinquency Post Purchase Workshops for Homeowners
Pre purchase Homebuyer Education Workshops
Predatory Lending Education Workshops
Services for Homeless Counseling

OLSHA – Oakland County Services
(248) 479-6516

Food Assistance
Financial Assistance
Foreclose Counseling
Referral Services
Medical Assistance
United Way Dial 211
Food Assistance
Housing Assistance
Financial Assistance Programs
Homeless Shelter
Tax Assistance
Family counselling
Parenting resources
Higher Education Programs/FAFSA and GED
English literacy
C.A.R.E.S of Farmington Hills
Available to residents of Livonia, Novi, Redford, Farmington, West Bloomfield, Northville and Southfield
By appointment only:

Food Assistance

(although you really do not need the "R" on the end of shelter) and they can assist with finding long term housing.
Genesee County Family Promise of Genesee County
Community Housing Network
Grace Centers of Hope
Non-Profit Christian Organization
Pontiac, MI
Oakland Livingston Human Services Agency
Salvation Army...shelter to home program