responses & RESOURCES to
covid-19

COVID-19 will have severe short- and long-term impacts on the well-being of under-resourced communities. The crisis is not just a health crisis- it is a housing crisis, an energy crisis, a poverty crisis, and an economic crisis.

 

Energy Efficiency for All and the Michigan coalition are committed to ensuring that policies and practices are in place to support the energy and housing needs of marginalized communities who were already struggling before this crisis hit. We hope the information provided here will be a useful resource to those who are working towards an equitable response to COVID-19.

Response & Resources

EEFA OVERALL

 

MIDWEST REGION

  • CDBG rental assistance advocacy to relevant state agencies 

MICHIGAN

Letters
Racial Equity
Wayne County, MI Resources

Eviction Moratorium:

​Food Resources:

 

  • CAPUCHIN SOUP KITCHEN

    • The Capuchin Soup Kitchen serves three meals a day. Two kitchen/dining room sites serve full-course, nutritious meals to hundreds of men women and children each day. Contact: 313-579-2100

  • CHURCH OF GOD MOUNTAIN ASSEMBLY FOOD PANTRY

    • Weekly food box distribution in Belleville. See website for more details. Contact: 734-699-0981

  • COVENANT HOUSE ACADEMY

    • Partnering with Gleaners to provide free groceries for children and families. Contact: 313-297-8720

  • DETROIT PUBLIC SCHOOLS COMMUNITY DISTRICT

    • List of all DPSCD schools offering students/families a bag of four pre-cooked breakfast meals and four pre-cooked lunches.

  • FAMILY OF GOD

    • Family of god provides a hot meal to those in our community Monday - Friday evening and Sunday afternoon.

  • FORT STREET OPEN DOOR 

    • A homeless outreach program that offers a variety of services including food, clothing, hygiene kits/showers, and counseling services. Contact: 313-961-4533

  • FRANKLIN-WRIGHT SETTLEMENTS

    • Franklin-Wright Settlements, INC goes out into the community to provide hot nutritious meals, blankets, hygiene kits, warm clothing, and words of encouragement. Contact: 313-579-1000

 

Housing/ Rental Assistance: 

 

Utility Assistance: 

 

  • CONSUMERS ENERGY

    • Suspending all shutoffs for low-income customers and seniors through April 5, 2020. Stay tuned to Michigan Radio for updates.

  • DTE ENERGY

    • Suspending all shutoffs for low-income customers and seniors through April 5, 2020.

  • THE HEATH & WARMTH FUND (THAW)

    • Utility assistance partnership with agencies across the state of Michigan. Contact: 1-800-866-8429   

  • PENFED FOUNDATION

    • Heating fuel and electric service payment assistance for all veterans, active military service members, and those currently serving in the Reserves and the National Guard who are experiencing a financial setback due to the negative economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Contact: 800-558-9224 (toll free)  

  • MICHIGAN 2-1-1

    • Provides a list of resources available for Michigan residents. Contact: 2-1-1 

  • MICHIGAN BRIDGES

    • Michigan Energy Assistance Program application. Contact: (844)799-9876 

  • MICHIGAN DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES – STATE EMERGENCY RELIEF

    • State Emergency Relief can include help with rent payment, rental deposits, utility bills, moving expenses and more. Contact: (586)469-7700

  • METROPOLITAN COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCY

    • Assistance with heat bills. Contact: 313-388-9799 (Detroit residents); 734-284-6999 (Out Wayne); 313-873-6000 (Main Office)


Water Assistance: 

 

  • DETROIT WATER & SEWAGE DEPARTMENT

    • Working to restore home water services. Visit their webpage for the City of Detroit’s “Coronavirus COVID-19 Water Restart Plan” and instructions for your water turn on service. Also offers a 10/30/50 payment plant for customers with past due balances and/or are delinquent on accounts. Contact: 313-267-8000

  • THE HEATH & WARMTH FUND (THAW)

    • Utility assistance partnership with agencies across the state of Michigan. Contact:  Contact:1-800-866-8429  

  • PENFED FOUNDATION

    • Water service payment assistance for all veterans, active military service members, and those currently serving in the Reserves and the National Guard who are experiencing a financial setback due to the negative economic effects of the COVID19 pandemic. Contact: 800-558-9224 (toll free)

  • MICHIGAN 2-1-1

    • Provides a list of resources available for Michigan residents. Contact: 2-1-1

  • THE SALVATION ARMY

    • May provide assistance with water bill payments or shutoff costs.

  • WATER ACCESS VOLUNTEER EFFORT (WAVE) FUND

    • Assistance with access to safe drinking water and sanitation services for low-income families during crisis. When funds are available, WAVE provides up to $500 to enter the DWSD 10/30/50 Payment Plan. Contact: 313-267-8000

  • WATER RESIDENTIAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (WRAP

    • Financial assistance for residential water. Contact: 313-386-9727

  • WAYNE COUNTY VETERANS FINANCIAL HARDSHIP SERVICES

    • Financial assistance via Wayne County Soldiers & Sailors Relief and Michigan Veteran Trust Funds. Contact: 313-224-5045

  • WAYNE METROPOLITAN COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCY

    • Provides service restoration and payment assistance to Detroit Water and Sewerage Department customers who have had their service interrupted due to nonpayment or is at risk of shut-off. The State of Michigan will pay the $25 fee to restore service for 30 days. After 30 days, households will pay $25 monthly to keep their services on. Past due amounts do not need to be paid until after the COVID-19 situation passes. Contact: 313-388-9799 (Detroit residents); 734-284-6999 (Out Wayne); 313-873-6000 (Main Office)

  • WE THE PEOPLE OF DETROIT

    • Volunteer-run community group distributing water to those in need in the Detroit area. Water is also available for pickup at various locations. Contact: 844-429-2837


Internet Resources: 

 

  • AT&T

    • AT&T expanded eligibility to their Access from AT&T to any household participating in the National School Lunch Program and Head Start. AT&T customers will receive two months free service.

  • COMCAST

    • New Comcast customers will receive two months of free service. Comcast’s Internet Essentials packages have increased data speeds and suspended broadband data caps for homes during the crisis.  

  • XFINITY WIFI PUBLIC HOTPOTS

    • Xfinity WiFi Public Hotpots are now open to everyone on the “xfinitywifi” SSID.  

Financial Assistance Resources:

 

 

Healthcare Resources: 

 

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