Community support resources

Southeast Michigan community resources

At Wayne Health, patients receive care from primary and specialty-care physicians committed to groundbreaking biomedical research and educating the next generation of physicians and advanced practice providers. We understand that whole-person health and wellness goes beyond traditional medical care. We have compiled the following resources and support services, in partnership with members of our community, notably the Wayne State University School of Social Work and ACCESS, to ensure our patients have easy access to comprehensive information addressing a wide range of health and social needs.

In this section, you’ll find links to information available to you and your family on a variety of topics. If you have any questions regarding the information, please reach out to us.

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What's included in the document?

  • Child Care and Youth Learning Resources

    Resources in this section include after-school programs, homework assistance, mentorship programs, child care options, social work services, employability training to support family stabilization, and more.

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  • Clinics: Low Cost/Free

    Resources for uninsured and under-insured residents. Depending on the location chosen, services can include medical, dental, substance abuse, prevention services, prescription assistance and mental health care.

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  • Clothing

    Free or low-cost clothing for those of all ages for many different occasions. Some services are based on city of residence.

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  • Dental

    Discounted or free services for those in need of dental care. These services include dental emergencies, cleaning, X-rays, preventive care and dentures.

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  • Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Support

    Resources for those currently at risk as well as those looking for assistance in the transition to a healthy home environment. Support services for those who have been victims of sexual assault.

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  • Food Assistance/Soup Kitchens/Pantry Services

    Resources for those who face food shortages, including emergency food voucher programs, a list of community food pantries and other food programs.

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  • Health Screenings

    Resources for free screenings services, such as clinical breast exams, pap tests, pelvic exams and screening mammograms.

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  • Housing and Homelessness

    Resources for those currently experiencing homelessness, permanent displacement or housing instability. These services include transitional and permanent housing assistance, temporary shelter, housing programs, rent/mortgage assistance (when funding available) and a list of homeless shelters.

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  • Immigration, Citizenship and Translation Services

    ACCESS Immigration services are provided by specialists who are certified and accredited by the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA). This accreditation allows the immigration specialist to represent clients in immigration courts and accompany them during their interview at the Department of Homeland Security. There is a fee for this service; a sliding-fee scale will be applied for low-income clients. Other services include information on housing, food, clothing, legal aid, medical care, job training, recreation, transportation and mental health care for survivors of persecution from around the world seeking legal asylum in the United States or Canada.

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  • Legal Services

    Free legal services for low- to moderate-income people in most civil legal matters affecting individuals and families, including landlord-tenant disputes, child custody, parental visitation, consumer purchases, utility shutoffs, foreclosures, homelessness prevention, Social Security and other public health and wellness-related issues.

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  • Mental Health and Substance Abuse

    Resources for comprehensive behavioral health services, including individual therapy and treatment, case management, vocational readiness, support with daily living skills, housing procurement, dual-diagnosis groups, medication monitoring, psychiatric and nursing support, health coordination, parenting support, hospital diversion and assistance with transportation. These resources support the entire spectrum of mental health needs depending on the program chosen. Resources for substance abuse treatments, support groups, inpatient and outpatient detoxification programs, emergency shelter, transitional housing and permanent housing.

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  • Prescription Assistance

    Resources for patients with low incomes, senior citizens and patients who need help with cancer medications or specialty medicines.

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  • Tax and Social Security Assistance

    Resources for those who need assistance completing and filing taxes, understanding Social Security eligibility or submitting applications for Social Security.

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  • Transportation

    Resources for low-cost or free transportation. Each program has specific qualifications for using the service. Please read carefully to find one that best fits your needs.

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  • Utility Assistance

    Resources for low-income households, seniors 65+ and disabled residents who have an account that is subject to shut off for non-payment.

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  • Vision

    Resources for referrals to doctors who will perform free or very low-cost eye exams or surgery for individuals over 65 years old, and free glaucoma exams for those at risk.

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  • Michigan Department of Health & Human Services

    MDHHS has assistance programs that cover a variety of needs, including health care coverage, migrant services, refugee assistance, cash assistance and emergency relief, to name a few. Visit the MDHHS website here.

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