The first step in accessing assistance services can be the most difficult step in trying to solve a problem. Much like navigating an unfamiliar healthcare system, trying to find the right person to talk to initially, is frustrating.
Below are a list of local, statewide, and national helpful links to aid you.
Most of your sources locally, will be listed by either calling 2-1-1 or visiting centralmichigan211.org. Most services are connected to this service in Jackson County.
The Center is a federally qualified health center, and it has expanded to six locations in Jackson County. The Center cares for more than 30,000 patients – babies, children, teens and adults of all ages. They provide high-quality medical, dental and behavioral health care for all, regardless of ability to pay. Call (517)748-5500 for more details.
Offers assistance in Jackson, Lenawee and Hillsdale Counties with home weatherization, community development, income tax assistance, emergency aid, parent education, outreach and more. Community Action also advocates for social and economic opportunity for all people so that everyone can enjoy the benefit of a self-sufficient lifestyle. For more assistance, visit CAA or call (800)491-0000 for Jackson County information.
The Fair Housing Center of Southeastern Michigan actively works to investigate complaints of illegal housing discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability, familial status, marital status, age, (and potentially) condition of pregnancy, source of income, family responsibilities, educational association, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, HIV status, and political orientation. Visit Michigan Legal Help or call (877) 979-3247 for assistance.
The Jackson Area Transportation Authority is a multi-service system providing county-wide transit services to all residents within Jackson County Michigan. Services are county-wide, and available to all residents of Jackson and Jackson County, depending on destination. For routes, fares, and availability, contact JATA or call (517)783-6437 for details.
The Jackson Community Food Pantry provides food to those in the Jackson Michigan area that have been impacted by financial problems as a result of: unemployment, divorce, disability, health, domestic violence, homelessness, disaster, aging and rising cost of living. For address, dates and times, visit Jackson Community Food Pantry or call (517) 962-1005
For over forty years our goal has been to provide temporary 90 day emergency housing to individuals and families experiencing homelessness. We provide three prepared meals daily to clients, and community members who present a need. For more info call (517) 789-8735 or visit the Jackson Interfaith Shelter website.
Develop and encourage measurable health, safety, and self-sufficiency outcomes that reduce and prevent risks, promote equity, foster healthy habits, and transform the health and human services system to improve the lives of Michigan families. Visit MDHHS or call (517)780-7400 for available programs and services in Jackson County. Children and Adult Protection Services 24/7 Hotline (855)444-3911
Our senior centers and congregate meal sites offer more than just a nutritious lunch. Seniors enjoy activities together with the opportunity to make lasting friendships at our eight congregate Gathering Places in Jackson County. A well-balanced meal is served at noon. The suggested meal donation is $2.50. Reservations are requested and can be made by calling (517)768-8684 or by contacting a meal site or senior center near you. Visit Senior Meal Sites for more information.
In non-emergency situations we can try to help you navigate the system. Feel free to contact us for assistance.
Begin with contacting us, introducing yourself, explaining your situation and outcome you're striving for. We can help you navigate the route to take.