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Basic Needs Resources

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Following is a list of resources available to assist in meeting basic needs for food, housing, clothing, medical assistance, and other essentials. If you need help understanding or applying for these resources, please don't hesitate to call us for assistance at 313-272-3900We take phone calls Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. and are available for services by appointment.

All Services

All Services

Lighthouse - various locations

  • Pontiac: 46156 Woodward Avenue, Pontiac, MI 48342, 248-920-6000

  • Clarkston: 5850 Dixie Hwy, Clarkston, MI, 48346, 248-920-6000x4403

  • South Oakland Shelter: 18505 W. 12 Mile Rd., Lathrup Village, MI 48076, 248-920-6000 x5500

Find various resources by zip code

Blue Cross Complete Community Resource page

United Way 2-1-1

United Way for Southeast Michigan's 2-1-1 service provides referrals to programs in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Washtenaw, Monroe and Lapeer counties, connecting users with more than 30,000 service providers throughout the state that can help with food, housing, utilities, medical bills, and more. You can get information online at United Way 2-1-1, or by dialing 2-1-1 (or 1-800-552-1183).


Domestic Violence

National Domestic Violence Hotline


(Available 24 hours, 7 days a week)


Food banks in metro Detroit

Use your zip code to find a food bank in your area:


Lions Hearing Center of Michigan

Provides free to low-cost hearing screening services and affordable hearing aids.


Home Health Care Services

  • Arcadia Health Services of Michigan, 248.352.7530

  • Helping Hands Support Services, 1.855.865.7720

  • Friends Who Care Home Health Care Services, 248.542.2424

Housing & Shelter

Wayne County


Oakland County

The Sanctuary – Common Ground, 1228 S. Washington, Royal Oak, MI 48067, (248) 547-2260


Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries

Genesis House I-313.993.4700

Genesis House II-313.309.5900

Genesis House III-314.883.5615

Genesis Women’s Shelter-313.331.8990


NSO Neighborhood Service Organization

882 Oakman Blvd, Detroit, MI 48238, 313.961.4890

NSO offers Mental Health Service · Housing & Homeless Shelter · 


Shelter & Mental Services Assistance


CAM (Coordinated Assessment Model)

1600 Porter

Detroit, MI 48216


Mental health services

Suicide Prevention

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline -

1.800.SUICIDE (English)

-1.877.SUICIDA (Spanish)

Cabrini Clinic 1234 Porter

1234 Porter - Detroit, MI, 313.961.7863

Provides Health Care and Mental Health Services


Mental Health Resources for Oakland County:

Catholic Social Services

Family, marital and substance use disorder counseling



CNS Healthcare

Mental health and substance use disorders services for children (7-17) and adults



Common Ground

24-hour resource/crisis helpline, confidential counseling and short-term psychiatric care

800-231-1127 - Resource and Crisis Helpline

248-456-8150 - Administrative Offices


Oakland County Health Network

Mental health services for adults and children with serious mental illness, emotional disturbances and developmental disabilities.  248.858.1210


Michigan Mental Health Networker


National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)


Senior Assistance


Detroit Area Agency on Aging--1A

1333 Brewery Park Blvd., Suite 200

Detroit, MI 48207

Phone: 313-446-4444


Serves cities of Detroit, Grosse Pointe, Grosse Pointe Farms, Grosse Pointe Park,

Grosse Pointe Shores, Grosse Pointe Woods, Hamtramck, Harper Woods and Highland Park.


Area Agency on Aging--1B

29100 Northwestern Hwy.  Suite 400

Southfield, MI  48034

Phone: 248-357-2255  OR  800-852-7795



The Senior Alliance, Inc.--1C

350 Second Street  Suite 201

Wayne, MI  48184

Phone: 734-722-2830 OR  800-815-1112


Serves all of Wayne County, excluding areas served by Region 1-A


Macomb Community Action

21885 Dunham Rd., Suite 10

Clinton Township, MI 48036


Training and employment programs

Michigan Works


Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA)

Assistance with unemployment compensation, and employment related questions.

Claims: 1.866.500.0017

Domestic Violence
Home Health Care
Housing & Shelter
Shelter and Mental Health
Mental Health
Senior Assistance
Training Programs
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