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Monroe County Department of Health and Human Services 
903 South Telegraph Road
Monroe, MI 48161 

Relocation Assistance

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 files an application 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 for 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.

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. In addition, 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 are in need of temporary housing for up to 11 families and 4 single women. Qualifying individuals or families are eligible for up to 90 days 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 number of household residents (Birth Records, Health Records, School Records, Names on 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 doctor that Salvation Army Voucher will be accepted.
  • Limit of $70 per year per person in 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 homelike 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. in the evening until 8 a.m. in the morning 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, mployment 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 Toledo
105 17th Street

Toledo, Ohio 43614

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
105 17th Street
Toledo, Ohio 43604  
Women's Housing 
(Sparrow’s Nest)
 436 W. Delaware Street
Toledo, Ohio 43610

Furniture & Clothing Banks

LifeBridge Center
Call for shopping hours.
3342 Monroe Street
Toledo, OH 43604


Referral Shopping Hours
Tuesday - Saturday
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 
Non-food Donations accepted 
Tuesday - Saturday 
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m 

Food & Community Resources

Madison Food & Community Services Center

1919 Madison Avenue
Toledo, OH 43604

    • Breakfast ~ 7:30 a.m. - 8:15 a.m.  (Rescue 8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.) - No Community
    • Lunch ~ 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. (Rescue 11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.)
    • Dinner ~ 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. (Rescue 4:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.)
    • Food Box Distribution ~ Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Transitional Housing 

Hope House Family Program is a partnership between Cherry Street and local churches and ministries. 

Hope Houses are designed to minister to families with a holistic approach, and provide families with a structured program while living in a safe, alcohol and drug-free transitional home. 

Caleb House
108 18th Street
Toledo, OH 43604 
     Maple Street Hope House
3202 Maple Street 
Toledo, OH 43608
    Hope House 21 
2102 Brookwood Avenue
Toledo, OH 43604 
     Seaman Street Hope House
2412 Seaman Street
Toledo, OH 43605

Family House - Family Shelter and Services

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.

Toledo Gospel Rescue Mission
1917 Jefferson Avenue

Toledo, OH 43604

Rebekah's Haven is a shelter for homeless women with small children located at 124 20th street, Toledo, Ohio 43604. Each mother shares a private room with her children and cares for their needs. These women may stay in during the day with their children for the necessary time it takes to receive stable housing based on their individual recovery plan developed with the help of Miss Nancy. 

Making these children feel safe and secure in the midst of a crisis is our goal. At Rebekah’s Haven we provide hope and the possibility of a new life to homeless and needy women with children. For more information, please call 419-243-0403

For the 
Men's Shelter please call 419-242-6642.

Mission Mall 
117 W. Woodruff Avenue, Toledo, Ohio 43604

Mission Mall cares about the needs of the entire community, not just the homeless. Anyone may shop at the Mission Mall located at .  No I.D. is required. 

Each Saturday from Noon to 2:00 p.m. shoppers can get a specified number of free items and can come back each week, but are asked to take only the specified number of allowed items to give everyone in need the same opportunity to get what they need.

Those wanting more than the specified number of items are asked to give a small monetary donation to the Toledo Gospel Rescue Mission. As a rule, we have a variety of clothing, linens, household goods, knick-knacks, toys, and furniture on hand. 

Occasionally we even have items like exercise equipment, holiday decorations, or wrapping paper! Shoppers can usually find just about anything they could need to set up housekeeping at the Mission Mall.

However, we cannot guarantee the availability of any given item at anyspecific time. The Mission Mall is open Monday through Friday from Noon to 4:00 p.m. for donation basis. Please call 419-241-6579 for more information.

Mini-Mall Giveaway  
The first, third, and fourth Saturday of each month we also hold Mini-Mall from Noon to 2:00 p.m. where anyone in need can receive free clothing items and blankets based on need and availability.

***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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