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Monroe County Commission on Aging
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Emergency Housing / Shelters / Homelessness

Emergencies are an unforeseen occurrence or 

A combination of circumstances that call for immediate action.

Michigan Department of Health and Human Service Relocation Assistance may help with rent, rent arrearage, security deposits, or moving expenses, and one of the following circumstances exists for your household, you may be eligible for relocation assistance.

  • Homeless, living in a shelter, a car, or on the street.
  • Living temporarily with other persons following a fire or natural disaster that occurred not more than 60 days before the date the group applies for emergency relief.
  • Living with other persons to escape a domestic violence situation.
  • A court summons or judgment was issued which will result in the family group becoming homeless.
  • Your family group needs adequate housing to avoid a foster care placement or before a child(ren) can return home from foster care.
  • A DHHS employee determines the family must be relocated from unsafe housing or for the protection of the children.
  • The group receives final written notice to vacate condemned housing from a local public agency authorized to issue such an order.
Relocation housing must be affordable (total housing costs cannot exceed 75 percent of the group's net income). Applicant(s) must have good cause for non-payment of their shelter obligation during the last six months, regardless of the reason they are in need. 
For information, please call 734-243-7200. 
Monroe County Opportunity Program Rental Assistance for the Homeless Depending on qualification, the Rental Assistance Program can help with up to 3 months of rent. Several guidelines apply to those who qualify. It is required for individuals to fill out a state of emergency relief (SER) form through the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), and then receive a decision notice. Individuals must have proof of income to show sustainability as well as a late notice or eviction notice. For more information call 734-241-2775 ext 224.

The Salvation Army Monroe Corps
Housing and Homeless Services
1018 East Second Street
Monroe, MI 48161

Group homes, emergency shelters, and transitional living centers provide housing, food, and overnight lodging for varying amounts of time to those in need. Also, they provide educational, counseling, and vocational services to homeless, destitute individuals and families, and youth where family care is undesirable or unavailable.

For those families with temporary needs, family service programs help families and needy individuals with emergency food, housing, and utility assistance. Salvation Army programs and services vary with local needs. For information on specific programs & locations, contact your local Salvation Army Corps Community Center.   

Family Manor 
Family Manor is a Christian based emergency shelter for families, single men with children, or single women who require temporary housing for up to 11 families and 4 single women. Qualifying individuals or families are eligible for up to 90 days to stay per calendar year to begin to rebuild their lives. For more information, please contact Judy Hertzsch at 734-241-0440.

Grocery, Prescription, and Other Assistance

Basic Information Needed (Requirements for all Case Management Services)

  • Picture ID (Passport, Drivers License, State ID)
  • Proof of Monroe County Residency
  • Proof of several household residents (Birth Records, Health Records, School Records, Names on the lease, etc...)
  • Proof of income for all members of household 18 and older
  • Information relevant to need (see below)
  • All assistance is based upon funding availability
Grocery Assistance
Medical Assistance
  • Prescription, Medical, Dental, or Optical
  • Prescriptions: Must have written prescription or name of pharmacy prescription is held
  • No Pain Killers
  • Must have proof of appointment and statement from the doctor that the Salvation Army Voucher will be accepted.
  • Limit of $70 per year per person at the home.
For more information, please call 734-241-0440
Monroe County Shelters

Philadelphia House 1 – Emergency Men’s Shelter 
815 East First Street
Monroe, MI 48161

Men’s Emergency Shelter up to 90 days Shelter for up to 32 men. For details, please call 734-242-4266

Salvation Army – Manor House for Families    
815 East First Street
Monroe, MI 48161

Manor House provides up to 90 days of emergency shelter for families with children. Families must be married. Men with children are accepted. For more details, please call 734-241-0440

Sunrise House 

Safe House Address is Confidential    

Emergency Shelter for female victims of domestic violence and their children (17 years and under).  Stay is 30 to 90 days depending on need and circumstance. Services also available for victims not staying at the Shelter and male victims of domestic violence. For more information, please call 734-242-7233.
Monroe County Transitional Housing

Fairview Transitional Shelter for Disabled
3604 South Custer Rd
Monroe, MI 48161

Transitional shelter for individual males and females who are disabled.  Licensed AFC. Capacity 36. Stay from 2 months to 2 years. Fairview does not tolerate alcohol or substance abuse and reserves the right to test. Fairview screens referrals and emergency response should not be expected. For more information, please call 734-240-3190.
Paula’s House – Transitional Housing for Women 

A positive home-like environment for women who are homeless and have substance abuse problems. 

The primary goal is for women to live in a safe environment and face their addictions while living a sober lifestyle.

 Each resident has their own individualized personal goal plan focusing on recovery and self-improvement. During their stays, women will be educated on living sober, anger management, 

coping skills, problem-solving, nutrition, relapse prevention, medical effects of addiction, parenting skills, rational emotive behavioral therapy, cognitive therapy. For more information, please call 734-242-6650.

 Philadelphia House II – Transitional Shelter 
119 E. Third Street 
Monroe, MI 48161 

Transitional shelter and housing where assistance is provided for up to two years. Monroe County residents only. For more information, please call 734-241-0255.

Salvation Army Monroe Harbor Light Center ~Veterans Transitional Housing 
3250 North Monroe Street
Monroe, MI. 48162

Transitional housing program to meet the need of homeless veterans, who can reside in the program for up to two years. For more information, call 734-384-3402

Monroe County Warming Shelters
Oaks of Righteousness Christian Church 

1018 E. Second Street
Monroe, MI 48161 

People seeking refuge from the cold can stay at the shelter from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. daily. For more details, call 734-241-5590
Salvation Army Warming Center 

1018 East Second Street
Monroe, MI 48161

Open from 8 p.m. until 8 a.m. each day when the temperature in Monroe drops to 32 degrees or lower. The shelter can support up to 30 people. Monroe County residents only. For more details, please call 734-241-0440.
Toledo, Ohio Shelters

Beach House Family Shelter
915 N. Erie St
Toledo, OH 43604

Beach House Family Shelter is the only shelter in Toledo that serves both single women and families. Beach House fosters positive changes through structured programs focused on goal setting, education, employment, and life management. Beach House Goal-Directed Living Program provides residents with food, clothing referrals, personal hygiene items, transportation, a healthy, secure living environment.  For more information, please call 419-241-9277.

Cherry Street Mission Ministries
1501 Monroe Street 
Toledo, Ohio 43604

Since 1947, Cherry Street Mission Ministries (Cherry Street), located in Toledo, Ohio, has provided to our homeless and poor in Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year free shelter, food, clothing, biblical support, recovery services, educational and vocational programs, and services. Anyone can take part in most of Cherry Street’s services.

Each night, Cherry Street provides safe, free shelter for nearly 230 men and women who would otherwise sleep on the street or remain in an abusive situation. For some, it’s the first night they’ve slept safely in a very long time.

We provide in-take at any time of day or night. We serve all who come to us so we do not have a waiting list.

Men's Housing

  Women's Housing 
Furniture & Clothing Banks
LifeBridge Center
Call for shopping hours
  Referral Shopping  
Tuesday - Saturday
 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 
Non-food Donations 
Tuesday - Saturday 
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 


669 Indiana Avenue 
Toledo, OH 43604

Largest shelter for families who are homeless in northwest Ohio. Shelter and food provided, as well as intensive, individualized case management and supportive services. The goal at Family House is to help families in crisis to find permanent housing, to regain control over their lives.

1917 Jefferson Avenue
Toledo, OH 43604

Rebekah's Haven is a homeless shelter for mothers with small children. Providing shelter from the storms of life, Rebekah's Haven provides a home-like atmosphere with daily encouragement, spiritual guidance, and support in walking through the issues that brought them to the place they needed help! Rebekah's Haven is completely funded through the local community, businesses,  and churches. Please help us grow this life-changing ministry by meeting the daily financial needs necessary to care for those who come for help! 

Toledo Gospel Rescue Mission Men's Shelter at the men's shelter we provide night-to-night shelter for homeless men who are over eighteen years of age. Men desiring to stay in the shelter must be sober & cooperative and in by 6:00 PM. Each night they receive a message of hope in a chapel service, eat a nutritious balanced meal, shower, and sleep in a clean, warm bed. In the morning, they eat a solid breakfast before they leave. Also offered is the Work Skills Program under which selected men to receive life skills training, work ethics training, and work therapy. Men involved in this program also have midday devotions offered to them throughout the week in conjunction with their lunch.  For more information call 419-242-6642.

Toledo Gospel Rescue Men's Mission Mall 
117 W. Woodruff @ Putnam St.

The TGRM Mission Mall operates uniquely. Every Saturday from Noon-2:00 p.m. shoppers can get a specific number of items for FREE. They can come back each week, but each week they are asked to take only the specified number of items. This gives everyone in need the opportunity to get what they need.

Those wanting more than the specified number of items will be asked to give a small donation. These monetary donations are used to help cover the expenses of the building where the Mission Mall is housed. 

ANYONE may shop at the Mission Mall. Referrals and I.D. are not required. Shoppers can usually find just about anything they might need at the Mission Mall. However, we cannot guarantee the availability of any given item at a specific time.  The Mission Mall is also open Monday-Friday from Noon-4:00 p.m. for shoppers that do not need free items. Shopping is done on a donation basis on those days.

People in need of specific items such as furniture, appliances, beds, etc. must come in and speak to the Manager on duty. He will know what is available and how many people are on the waiting list. To speak to the manager you may call 419-241-6579, ext: 102, and leave a message. To arrange the pick up of large donations, call the truck driver message phone at 419-241-6579, prompt 4.  

Toledo Gospel Rescue Mission Outreach Center
670 Phillips Ave. @ Vermaas

TGRM reaches out to the community-at-large in several ways at the Outreach Center. Community-wide free meals are held on Saturdays at 6:00 pm except for the second Saturday when the Outreach Center is closed.

On the first and third Saturdays, a Christian worship service is offered at 7:00 pm. Kingdom Run Church Service every Sunday at 5:30 pm. All are welcome.  

Anyone in need of clothing may go to the mini-mall located in this facility on the open Saturdays from Noon-2:00pm.

Bible Studies are held on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 7:00 pm and are open to anyone in the community.

Narcotics Anonymous holds meetings in this facility on Wednesday at 7:30 pm, on Friday at 7:00 pm, and on Sunday at 9:30 am for an individual searching for freedom from addictions.  

Kids Club, on Saturday afternoons from 12:30-2:00 pm, is a fun and educational time for kids to study up on school work and the Bible. Crafts, snacks, and a good time is had by all who participate.

For more information on the services provided at the TGRM Outreach Center call 419-478-1005 and speak to John or Terri Nealy. 




***Please Note***

These links and listings are meant to be a resource guide for those looking for resources in our community.
This list is not all-inclusive of those resources available in our community.  

The Monroe County Commission on Aging makes no specific endorsement of these listings, links, or services.
Please feel free to contact our office with any changes or corrections. 

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