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MI Bridges – alternate links: Spanish or Arabic
The State of Michigan offers wrap around assistance through the MI Bridges program. Applying for MI Bridges will connect you with a Navigator to help you find support for:
- Child Care
- Housing & Utility Costs
The funds can help with paying a number of different utility bills, including winter heating costs, water service, and others.
State Emergency Relief (SER)
The State Emergency Relief (SER) Program provides immediate help to individuals and families facing conditions of extreme hardship or for emergencies that threaten health and safety through a combination of direct financial assistance and contracts with a network of non-profit organizations.
If you have been affected by the COVID-19 crisis, The Salvation Army can help. Residents within the eastern half of Michigan are eligible to apply for any past due bills or financial needs due to the COVID-19 crisis starting from March 27, 2020. Get started through their site »
PeopleCare – Consumers Energy Customers
Consumers Energy offers the PeopleCare program through the Salvation Army Family Service centers in Oakland County. It may be able to assist Oakland County Michigan households who can’t qualify for other assistance (as maybe their income is too high) yet are struggling to pay the bills and make ends meet.
Share the Warm
Share the Warmth is offered by Michigan Gas Utilities. A focus on this emergency utility and heating bill program is on low income or unemployed households with elderly, children, or disabled individuals and who can’t keep their power during the cold winter months in Michigan. The Salvation Army administers the program on behalf of MGU, and they decide eligibility from applicants on a case-by-case basis. Low income families who are most at risk may qualify. The program is funded by donations from the community, and contributions are always appreciated. All money will go to helping the needy.
DTE Energy offers a matching program. The Salvation Army will assist lower income or struggling DTE customers who have experienced disconnection of their service or who are in a shut-off status. The customer still needs to make some payments toward their bill. If this occurs, and if the applicant meets guidelines, then DTE may be able to match The Salvation Army's contribution on the remaining balance on the account. DTE will even place the customer on a budget plan and try to restore service.
Free Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Boxes - from Lighthouse
Thursdays 9:30 am - 1:00 pm
St David’s Episcopal Church
16200 12 Mile Rd, Southfield, MI 48076
In conjunction with Lighthouse, St. David's will be distributing 20 lb boxes of fresh produce every Thursday through August. Boxes will contain potatoes, onions, celery, carrots, cabbage, apples and strawberries. The hours of the distribution are Thursdays, 9:30 am – 1:00 pm. The church is located at 16200 12 Mile Rd, Southfield, MI 48076.
248-545-4664 ext 2
1st and 3rd Monday of the month by appointment.
Pantry Net.org - Food Pantry Locator
OR, do an internet search for MI Bridges.
Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB)
The emergency broadband benefit (EBB) program allows eligible households to enroll through an approved provider or by visiting GetEmergencyBroadband.org. The emergency broadband benefit will provide a discount of up to $50 per month towards broadband service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for households on qualifying tribal lands. Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers if they contribute more than $10 and less than $50 toward the purchase price. The emergency broadband benefit is limited to one monthly service discount and one device discount per household. To learn more about the EBB program or to become an outreach partner, please visit www.fcc.gov/broadbandbenefit.
EveryoneOn is a national nonprofit that creates social and economic opportunities by connecting everyone to the internet. Since 2012, EveryoneOn has facilitated access to affordable technology solutions--in-home internet service, desktops and laptops--and free digital literacy training through their offer locator tool, cross-sector partnerships, and local programming efforts. Please note, while normally our recommended first stop in learning about available options and offerings, they are currently unable to maintain their search for offers listings based on changing Internet Service Providers' (ISPs) offers during this time period. They suggest visiting http://bit.ly/digcltisp, which houses links to offers by various ISPs.
Some known local area ISPs and their most recent offers as well as information about Lifeline are listed below.
or call: 855-220-5211
- Offering two months of free service to new Access customers who order by April 30, 2020. $5/mo or $10/mo (plus taxes) thereafter, depending on your speed.
- Expanding eligibility based on income and to households participating in National School Lunch Program/Head Start
- Waiving all home internet data overage fees
- No term commitment
- No deposit
- No installation fee
- In-home Wi-Fi modem included
or call: 855-8-INTERNET (1-855-846-8376)
Comcast has recently increased the speeds of its Internet Essentials home internet service from 15/2 Mbps to 25/3 Mbps. Additionally, eligible households who enroll now will be provided with free service for their first 60 days. More information can be viewed in their press release. As a reminder, Internet Essentials provides a $9.95 per month home internet service exclusively to low-income households.
Comcast is also making its Xfinity Wi-Fi hotspots free for anyone to use. Millions of the hotspots are scattered throughout the country; you can find hotspot locations at wifi.xfinity.com.
Lifeline is a federal benefit that lowers the monthly cost of phone or internet service. Lifeline typically provides up to a $9.25 monthly discount on service for eligible low-income subscribers. Subscribers may receive a Lifeline discount on either a wireline or a wireless service, but they may not receive a discount on both services at the same time. Lifeline also supports broadband Internet access service and broadband-voice bundles. To apply for Lifeline, a consumer must use the National Verifier application system at: https://nationalverifier.service-now.com/lifeline. Once the National Verifier has confirmed your eligibility to receive Lifeline service, you may then select a service provider.
call Sprint: 877-878-9359
Sprint and T-Mobile are supporting current customers by:
- Providing Unlimited data for 60 days to customers with metered data plans (effective 3/18)
- Giving 20 GB of free mobile hotspot to customers with hotspot-capable devices (effective 3/18)
- Waiving per-minute toll charges for international long-distance calls from the U.S. to CDC- defined Level 3 countries (effective 3/17)
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In case you haven’t heard, Ferndale Youth Assistance is open and operating as they continue to help children and families in Ferndale, Oak Park, Royal Oak Township and Pleasant Ridge.
In order to support the COVID-19 suppression efforts of Oakland County, Ferndale Youth Assistance staff moved out of the local office on Monday, March 16, 2020 and are currently working from home.
Tasha Hanson can be reached via e-mail at email@example.com or you can call the office at (248) 586-8704. Messages are being checked daily.
Melinda Hicks, the FYA Office Manager, can be reached via e-mail at Melinda.firstname.lastname@example.org or by office phone at (248) 586-8700. Messages are being checked regularly.
Below is a list of important items we wanted to share with you:
- The Ferndale Youth Assistance Board of Directors has increased the emergency needs fund and continues to assist our local families as needs arise.
- FYA is currently in the planning stages for the 2020 camp season. Unfortunately, we don’t know if it will happen. However, if it’s available, we want to be ready!
- Regarding casework services, every client has been reached by either phone or mail since the move. FYA has continued to have regular phone appointments with clients and families who are on my caseload.
- Staff is attending weekly Zoom meetings with supervisors and other local Youth Assistance Caseworkers to discuss new ideas and ways to serve our communities.
- FYA is still accepting new clients. If you are interested in making a referral, please complete the referral form and return via e-mail to email@example.com.