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Community Housing Network - Community Resources

checklistCommunity Housing Network gathers and updates resources on a regular basis, and is happy to share them with the community. See below for the resources. We have additional resources in our Housing Planning Library in the Housing & Transition Planning area of our website.

Can't find what you're looking for or need additional help? Our Housing Resource Center housing specialists are available to assist you Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.  Please call 248-928-0111 or toll-free 866-282-3119.

Abuse - How to Report

If someone is in immediate danger or crisis, refer to 911.

 

State-wide Adult/Child Protective Services Centralized Intake

New implementation effective March 5, 2012

(855) 444-3911

State-wide Family Violence Help Line
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Accessible and Walkable Communities

Knowing where accessible apartments are, how close a particular home is to buses, stores, and restaurants, and how to search for affordable housing is a major step to creating a good housing plan. Additional information is available in the Housing Planning Library located on the Community Housing Network's website.

 

www.accessibleapartments.org/

A national website for finding disabled accessible apartments.

www.walkscore.com/   more

Affordable Housing Options

There are lots of homes (apartments, houses) that are not subsidized but offer affordable rates. Try these two websites for additional information:


Michigan Housing Locator

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The CHN Roommate Database

Area Median Income (AMI) 2014

Each year, typically in December, HUD releases information about "income limits” that is often one of the factors used to determine eligibility in housing programs. Programs may require that the household be defined as "very low income” (under 50% of the area median income) or "extremely low income” (under 30% of the area median income) in order to qualify for assistance. Many other programs, including MSHDA locally, use these numbers to determing if a household meets the eligibility guidelines for a program.

 

The information is based upon the local median household income that calculates what the average total household income in a local area. HUD did use some additional formulas to come up with the calculations to equate for differences across the United States and these numbers have been published in their charts to determine eligibility. To use the calculator for the 2014 calendar year, and look up any area in the United States, please visit: http://www.huduser.org/portal/datasets/il/il2014/2014summary.odn Simply, select the state, and pick the county in which you are interested in obtaining information.

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Clothing Assistance

There are a number of agencies that help with clothing, winter coats, work clothes, and supplies for school children. Many faith based organizations and community centers have clothing closets. Community Organizations like Love Inc, Community Action Centers have clothing resources.

 

Oakland County

ACT Of Faith
(248) 437-9790
South Lyon Residents

Affirmations
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Community Mental Health Resources - Macomb County

Outpatient services provided from a community mental health system is available when a person needs supports to live in their community and has limited resources. The process to get Outpatient services is done through ACCESS. Use this resource for people that ask how to get into a group home, and when direct supports are needed, and their personal resources cannot meet their basic needs.

In-patient services in Macomb County Community Mental Health are sought when a person has mental health crisis, is threatening to hurt themselves, or others. These services may be entered through ACCESS.

Substance abuse in-patient services can be reached through CARE.

Intake to Macomb County Community Mental Health Access Center

Phone: (586) 948-0222

 

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Community Mental Health Resources - Oakland County

Outpatient services provided from a community mental health system is available when a person needs supports to live in their community and has limited resources. The process to get Outpatient services is done at Common ground. Use this resource for people that ask how to get into a group home, and when direct supports are needed, and their personal resources cannot meet their basic needs.

 

Inpatient Services - Oakland County Community Mental Health are sought when a person has mental health crisis, is threatening to hurt themselves, or others these services maybe entered through OASIS

 

Substance abuse in-patient services can be reached through P.AC.E. Community Mental Health Oakland

Resource & Crisis Center (800) 231-1127

New location
1200 N. Telegraph Rd.
Bldg. 32E
Pontiac, MI 48341

Common Ground Intake to Outpatient Services Oakland County Community Mental Health   more

Community Mental Health Resources - Wayne County

Outpatient services provided from a community mental health system is available when a person needs supports to live in their community and has limited resources. Use this resource for people that ask how to get into a group home, and when direct supports are needed, and their personal resources cannot meet their basic needs.

In-patient services Wayne County Community Mental Health are sought when a person has mental health crisis, is threatening to hurt themselves, or others. These services may be entered through WCCMH Agency by calling the intake/screening line.

Substance abuse in-patient services can be reached through the mental health intake and screening line.

 

Wayne County Community Mental Health Intake & Screening
(800) 241-4949

Disability Network of Wayne County
(313) 923-1655

Crisis Intervention
(313) 224-7000
(800) 241-4949
TTY: (866) 870-2599

This is a 24-Hour Help Line and Mental Health Referral, providing emergency telephone referral and counseling services. The Help Line also links residents to comprehensive ongoing mental health care and treatment services available through the Detroit-Wayne County CMH system. There are also Crisis Screening and Referral Centers for those experiencing a mental health crisis (see below).

 

 

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Criminal Background Check Information

Here is a list of criminal background checks. They are helpful when people are considering having a roommate. This list also includes a disclaimer, which will assist in determining whether a person is safe and suitable.

www.michigan.gov/otis
This is a free site through the Michigan Department of Corrections.

https://mi-mall.michigan.gov/ichat
This site reveals criminal history, but costs $10 a search.   more

Department of Human Services

The Department of Human Services is the first stop for financial resources, food assistance, and home help dollars. Most, if not all, agencies want to see proof of applying or a denial from DHS before providing financial assistance. Callers should complete a State Emergency Relief (SER) form in order to apply for other financial assistance. Due to delays in receiving official notification of a decision it is highly recommended that the applicant make a copy of the entire packet before submitting to DHS for their own reference.

 

For more specific information on local DHS offices in a particular community please visit http://michigan.gov/dhs/0,4562,7-124-5459_5461---,00.html

 

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Disability Advocacy Organizations

There are many support groups and advocacy agencies to support those with disabilities. The below list are a few that CHN works with regularly. A search on the internet for any known disability will find an advocacy agency for that disability. Advocacy agencies are great for resources specific to the particular disability.

DD Council (Developmental Disabilities Council)

1033 S. Washington Ave.
Lansing, MI 48910
(517) 334-6123 (voice)
(517) 334-7354 (TDD)
www.michigan.gov/ddcouncil   more

Domestic Violence and Victim Services

 

H.A.V.E.N.
PO Box 431045
Pontiac MI  48343
(248) 334-1274  OR  (877) 922-1274
Email: helpnow@haven-oakland.org
Website:  www.haven-oakland.org

CARE House                 
This is an organization that provides advocacy for children, not adults


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Emergency Basic Needs, Services, and SMART bus map, in Oakland County

Oakland County Basic Needs Map and Service list here.

SMART launched its new website to give quick access to information. The site is mobile device-friendly, designed to work on any smartphone or tablet. The one-click, icons take you to the most popular pages - Schedules and Fares and Passes. The newest feature - Bus Tracker - gives you the buses arrival time to your bus stop.
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Employment & Vocational Resources

This document provides resources for a variety of needs, including links for those interested in pursuing employment as well as supportive environments for those with disabilities.

 

Manpower

2885 Crooks Road, Rochester Hills
(248) 852-5605
http://us.manpower.com/

 

Michigan Rehabilitation Services

Placement and Vocation (877) 620-7943
Clinton Twp (586) 412-1510
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Fair Housing

Fair Housing Act: Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968, as amended, prohibits discrimination in the sale, rental, and financing of dwellings, and in other housing related transaction, based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status, and disability. Section 504 of the Rehabilitation act of 1973: requires reasonable accommodation in rules, policies or service to people with disabilities. Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990: prohibits discrimination based on disability in programs, services and activates provided or made available by public entities. HUD enforces title II when it relates to state and local public housing, housing assistance, and housing referrals.

 

Fair Housing Center

Macomb, Oakland, Wayne
(313) 963-1274

 

Housing and Urban Development

Enforces fair housing act and America’s with Disabilities Act
(800) 669-9777   more

Fair Market Rent

 

FMR stands for Fair Market Rent and is an established average rent for the local area. Because it covers a wide expanse (three counties locally) this cannot be confused with rent reasonableness for a specific community. There are two different calculations used in our area depending on the program funding. There are often HUD FMR and HUD MSHDA. It is often important to check the funding source when a person is involved with a specific program (i.e. Section 8, local subsidies, or leasing assistance)to determine what number to provide.

 

The FMR is needed when getting financial assistance from a housing commission or other grants. These numbers represent the maximum allowed and considers number of bedrooms for the unit. Number of bedrooms is typically based on two heartbeats per room, but can often be calculated with extenuating circumstances such as disability, gender and generations that comprise the specific family makeup.

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Financial Assistance


Housing Financial Assistance can be for a variety of purposes, depending on specific program criteria and eligibility, as well as funding availability. Limited, short term financial assistance can sometimes include funds designated for preventing evictions, assisting an individual or family in securing new housing, or helping with utility shut offs or reconnections. Please note the programs could be at Community Housing Network or partner agencies and community partners.

Often, agencies providing assistance want to be the "payee of last resort” and require documentation to demonstrate that the applicant first sought out other resources. It is recommended that those interested in assistance fill out an SER (State Emergency Relief) Form at DHS to meet this requirement. It is also strongly encouraged that before submitting the completed form, which the applicants make a copy to demonstrate that they applied. For more specific information about DHS in a local area please visit http://michigan.gov/dhs/0,4562,7-124-5459_5461---,00.html.

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Financial Assistance Specifically for People Diagnosed with Cancer

While there is a general Financial Assistance tool, there are specific programs that have emergency financial assistance and other resources for persons with diagnosed with cancer.

American Cancer Society
(800) ACS-2345
http://www.cancer.org/

Angels of Hope
47496 Greenbriar Lane
Macomb, MI 48044
(586) 226-3146
Cash grants offered to family with children who have cancer.Including: rental, mortgage assistance, autoor home repair, utility assistance.

Leukemia and Lymphoma Society   more

Food Pantries

Food resources are available in most local communities through faith based organizations. Rather than have a list by city we have provided a link that will allow you to find a local food pantry in your area.

 

Food Pantry Locator: http://www.pantrynet.org/ZipCalc.asp

We suggest putting in your zip code and then use a small radius of five miles to start find the closest food bank to you. If this does not give you any results expand the search radius area.

 

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Highlights

Adopt A Family wish lists are now available!

In its 10th year, Adopt A Family will serve more than 700 people, many of them recently homeless. While these families now have a roof over their heads, many do not have money for holiday gifts or even basic items such as coats, hats and mittens.  If you, your family, organization, club or school would like to be involved, information is available here. Thank you in advance on behalf of all of our recipients.

CHN is again one of Crain's Cool Places to Work!

Community Housing Network is excited to once again be one of Crain's Cool Places to Work! Check out Crain's list here, and check our video for just some of the reasons why CHN is a great Cool Place to Work.

For a third year in a row, CHN a Top 100 Workplace!

For the third year in a row, Community Housing Network has been chosen as a Top 100 Workplace by the Detroit Free Press in the small company category! 

New design for our CHN Housing Hub blog!

 We are excited to announce a brand new look for our CHN Housing Hub blog, launched at the beginning of the year!  Our staff experts in multiple areas of housing share useful and valuable information in each post in six categories: Inclusive Communities; Housing Crisis; Fair Housing; Housing Stability; Long-term Housing Solutions; and Housing Policy. Your comments are also welcome for each post!

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