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MICHIGAN PAGES- free assistance residents of the mitten ! AND of course the UPPER PENNISULA !

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Some of what I have so far for Michigan . More to be added. soulight



Breaking and timely news for Michigan :




This site my be useful for you if you are looking for government forms and applications that you can print out without having to go to the local office. Forms and applications for things like Medicaid , food assistance, help with caring for children etc.,1607,7-124-5455_7338---,00.html



Make sure that you check Julie's Pages as often as you can , as she updates with GREAT information all the time. (see below for link). Many of the pages are for the Detroit area , but I have seen tons of information for the whole state too.




If you live in Oakland, Macomb or Wayne Counties, you may be eligible for FREE SCHOOL SUPPLIES, NEW BOOKS or other ESSENTIAL ITEMS for school .
For more information , go here :

For a TON of help in Michigan , go to this site : "Julies" This lady has a real ministry in helping people in Michigan . She certainly tops anything that I could do . A "must check this out site" if you live in Michigan ! ! !


For seniors who live in Michigan , a county search for Senior Services :,1607,7-234-45069_46586---,00.html











Go to this page and search the map for help in your area of Michigan.  To search for a particular organization or services, use the SEARCH link and enter your search criteria. Selecting a county from the map will link you to the services available in that county       




 For Western and Northeast Michigan

 shelter and other assistance links  can be found here







So far , I have mostly information for single moms . However , there is some information on the following page that would be of use to anyone looking for a scholarship or grant for school in Michigan.






Dedicated to the MEMORY OF GINGER




Help for utilities , rent , and daily living







Additonal help :


  • The Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) is the state agency that regulates Michigan's utility industry. The Commission can issue emergency shut-off protection orders and can help consumers locate other public and private assistance programs. Contact the MPSC at 1-800-292-9555 or visit their website.
  • The Michigan Veterans Trust Fund can provide emergency grants to eligible wartime veterans and their families for temporary basic life needs including assistance with energy costs. Contact the Michigan Veterans Trust Fund at 517-335-6523.
  • The Salvation Army is a statewide private non-profit agency that provides direct emergency assisance and/or help accessing other utlity, public, and private assistance programs. People facing shut-off due to an emergency situation can contact their local Salvation Army Corps Community Center or Service Extension office for assistance.
  • The Heat and Warmth Fund (THAW) is a private non-profit agency serving 65 Michigan counties. THAW coordinates its utility assistance programs with 91 local community-based agencies to provide emergency utility bill payment assistance. Learn more about THAW at their website or by calling 1-800-866-THAW or 1-800-866-8429. 



If you are in immediate need of shelter, please call
the Department of Human Services hotline at 1-800-A-SHELTER (1-800-274-3583) 




Fair Housing


Help for  Families Facing Mortgage Foreclosure "Save the Dream" campaign toll-free number is




Section 8 Housing Information,1630,7-148-7590-29801--,00.html?frameURL=

Community Housing Network, Inc.
570 Kirts Bld. #231
Troy, MI 48084                                
Troy, MI 48084
Chuck Bratton:
Chuck Bratton:





Of course WIC (for pregnant women and young children) and  FOOD STAMPS OR EBT CARD for groceries  are available .

 The EBT card has been a God-send for my family .However , there are many other ways to obtain or supplement your food resoures available too.


Here are more places to get food in Michigan :






  Telephone assistance

Lifeline and Link-UP programs ensure everyone has access to telephone service.

These programs provide discounts to income-eligible individuals for both the initial installation costs of telephone service and for monthly telephone bills.

Unfortunately, the majority of people who are eligible for these programs have never heard of them! ( More evidence pointing to the near useless human services in Michigan-sl)

 The "low income" qualification is not set as low as you might think (depending on where you live, it can be as high as 135% to 150% of the federal poverty level guidelines), and you may qualify even if you receive social security or other forms of assistance. Those who qualify could receive a discount in local telephone service of around $10 per month, a reduction of up to 50% on local telephone line installation service charges, and have the option to block outgoing long distance service, free of charge (this is not a requirement, but if you allow toll calls to be blocked the usual security deposit may be waived).

You can get more details and see if you qualify by visiting the Universal Service Administrative Company's site, or the Federal Communications Commission's Lifeline and Link-Up site or Get Connected: Afford-A-Phone site. - from





For free legal aid and links to free help with your taxes , try this site :





For seniors who need reduced prescription medicine , 3 cities in Michigan have programs that take you to Canada for free to get lower cost medications . If you live Warren  Westland or Dearborn Heights, check it out. Also ask your local government (mayor's ) office if your town has a program.

You will find more information on the following page , however , contacting your mayor's office is your best bet for current info.


Senior Citizens also have a number of AARP sponsored free Tax-Aide preparation sites available.
To locate the one nearest you visit - AARP Tax Site Locator 




Michigan Seniors Social Services Links

Using the navigation links provided on this page, you can search for the following:

  • Search for an Area Agency on Aging. This search will allow you to search for the area agency on aging serving the county in which you reside. You can link directly to programs and services nearest you or a loved one.
  • Search by Service Type. This search will allow you to search for a specific service you need from the list provided.
  • Search for Other Agencies. This search will assist you in locating other agencies within the aging network that seniors may find useful.
  • Search by Service Definition. This is a comprehensive list services grouped by service types for persons who are not familiar with programs in the aging network.
    Courtesy of the Michigan Office of Services to the Aging.






     If you are at a certain income amount , you can also get Earned Income Tax Credit in Michigan . This can be a large chunk of money in a refund , so make sure you check it out.


    Here is a site telling who can use the EIC deduction :


    For free tax preparation assistance online :

    I-CAN! E-File web-based software will help you do your federal and state of Michigan taxes for FREE in English or Spanish. Taxes are easy to do with I-CAN! E-File and you don't need to be a computer expert. Answer a few questions and I-CAN! E-File will prepare your tax forms for you. I-CAN! E-File is for those whose household income is less than $50,000. Learn more....

    Click Here to access ICAN! E-File








    Michigan Genealogy on GeneaSearch

     Free Michigan genealogy lookups, MI genealogy & historical societies, genealogy publications available from MI genealogical societies and individuals, lost female ancestors queries, and related links for MI genealogy research in Michigan.









    "Someone sent me this in an e-mail and I thought it might be something you might want to add to your mitten page.  Very Interesting. And some of the pics of the interior of your state capital are awesome." -Elaine of TSA Thank You !
    Detroit is known as the car capital of the world.

    Alpena is the home of the world's largest cement plant.

    Rogers City boasts the world's largest limestone quarry.

    Elsie is the home of the world's largest registered Holstein dairy herd.

    Michigan is first in the United States production of peat and

    Magnesium compounds and second in gypsum and iron ore.

    Colon is home to the world's largest manufacturer of magic supplies.

    The state Capitol with its majestic dome was built in Lansing in l879.

      Although Michigan is often called the  Wolverine State.
     There are no longer any wolverines in Michigan
    (However, one was spotted in 2007, so there are some..)

    Michigan ranks first in state boat registrations.

    The Packard Motor Car Company in Detroit manufactured the first Air-conditioned car in 1939.

    The oldest county (based on date of incorporation) is Wayne in 1815.

    Sault Ste. Marie was founded by Father Jacques Marquette in 1668. It is the third oldest remaining settlement in the United States

    In 1817 the University of Michigan was the first university
     Established by any of the states. It was founded by priests.  Originally named Cathelepistemian and located in Detroit , the name was changed in 1821.

    The university moved to Ann Arbor in 1841.

    The city of Novi was named from its designation as Stagecoach Stop #6 or No.VI.

    Michigan State University has the largest single campus student body of any Michigan university. It is the largest institution of higher learning in the state and one of the largest universities in the country. Michigan State University was founded in 1855 as the nation's first land-grant university and served as the prototype for 69 land-grant institutions later established under the Morrill  Act of 1862.

    It was the first institution of higher learning in the nation to teach scientific agriculture..

    The largest village in Michigan is Caro.

    Michigan's state stone, The Petoskey is the official state stone. It is found along the shores of Lake Michigan .

    The Mackinac Bridge is one of the longest suspension bridges in the world.

    Connecting the upper and lower peninsulas of Michigan .  It spans 5 miles over the Straits of Mackinac, which is where Lake Michigan and Lake Huron meet.

    The Mighty Mac took 3 years to complete and was opened to traffic in 1957.

    Gerald R Ford grew up in Grand Rapids and became the 38th president of the United States . He attended the University of Michigan where he was a football star. He served on a World War II aircraft carrier and afterward represented Michigan in Congress for 24 years.

    He was also an Eagle Scout, the highest rank in Boy Scouts.

    The Kellogg Company has made Battle Creek the Cereal Capital of the World.

    The Kellogg brothers accidentally discovered the process for producing flaked cereal products and sparked the beginning of the dry cereal industry.

    The painted turtle is Michigan's state reptile.

    The western shore of Michigan has many sand dunes.
     The Sleeping Bear Dunes rise 460 feet above Lake Michigan. Living among the dunes is the dwarf lake iris the official state wildflower.

    Vernor's ginger ale was created in Detroit and became the first soda pop made in the United States. In 1862, pharmacist James Vernor (Vernor's Ginger Ale ) was trying to create a new beverage when he was called away to serve our country in the Civil War. When he returned, 4 years later,
    the drink he had stored in an oak case had acquired a delicious gingery flavor.

    The Detroit Zoo was the first zoo in America to feature cageless, open-exhibits that allowed the animals more freedom to roam.

    Michigan is the only place in the world with a floating post office.

    The J. W. Westcott II is the only boat in the world that delivers mail to ships while they are still underway. They have been operating for 125 years.

     Indian River is the home of the largest crucifix in the world. It is called the Cross in the Woods.

    Michigan has the longest freshwater shoreline in the world

    Michigan has more shoreline than any other state except Alaska.

    The Ambassador Bridge was named by Joseph Bower, the person credited with making the bridge a reality, who thought the name (Detroit-Windsor International Bridge) as too long and lacked emotional appeal.. Bower wanted to symbolize the visible expression of friendship of two peoples with like ideas and ideals.

    Michigan has more than 11,000 inland lakes and more than 36,000 miles of streams.

    Michigan has 116 lighthouses and navigational lights. Seul Choix Point Lighthouse in Gulliver has been guiding ships since 1895. The working light also functions as a museum, which houses early 1900's furnishings and maritime artifacts.

    Forty of the state's 83 counties adjoin at least one of the Great Lakes.

    Michigan is the only state that touches four of the five Great Lakes.

    Standing anywhere in the state a person is within 85 miles of one of the Great Lakes.

     Michigan includes 56,954 square miles of land area; 1,194 square miles of Inland waters; and 38,575 square miles of Great Lakes water area.

    Sault Ste. Marie was established in 1668 making it the oldest town between the Alleghenies and the Rockies.

     Michigan was the first state to provide in its Constitution for the establishment of public libraries.

    Michigan was the first state to guarantee every child the right to Tax-paid high school education.

    Four flags have flown over Michigan -- French, English, Spanish and United States.

    Isle Royal Park  shelters one of the largest moose herds remaining in the United States....

    Some of the longest bulk freight carriers in the world operate on the Great Lakes. Ore carriers 1,000 feet long sail Michigan's inland seas.

    The Upper Michigan Copper Country is the largest commercial deposit of native copper in the world.

    The 19 chandeliers in the Capitol in Lansing are one of a kind and designed especially for the building by Tiffany's of New York. Weighing between 800-900 pounds apiece they are composed of copper, iron and pewter.

    The first auto traffic tunnel built between two nations was the mile-long Detroit-Windsor tunnel under the Detroit River.

    The world's first international submarine railway tunnel was opened between Port Huron, Michigan, and Sarnia, Ontario, Canada in 1891.

    The nation's first regularly scheduled air passage service began operation between Grand Rapids and Detroit in 1926.

    In 1879 Detroit telephone customers were first in the nation to be assigned phone numbers to facilitate handling calls.

    In 1929, the Michigan State Police established the first state police radio system in the world.

    Grand Rapids is home to the 24-foot Leonardo Da Vinci horse, called Il Gavallo.  It is the largest equestrian bronze sculpture in the Western Hemisphere.

    The State Motto (written in Latin) translates to:

    "If you seek a pleasant peninsula, Look about you."

    With all the negativity due to poor economics and housing market these days©

    Let us all try to remember and say something positive about our beautiful and interesting Michigan!

     Chandeliers by american lady.

    (Photo from our state capitol building)




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