Extensive list of public resources to help with a variety of concerns, including assistance with finances, employment, food, child care, and housing.

Campus and Community Resources, External Links

General Information and Multi-Service Agencies

Department of Human Services - (517) 887-9400
The DHS provides a wide range of services for Michigan's residents and families, including cash and food assistance programs, child support, medical services, assistance with child care, emergency services, adult and child protection, foster care, and adoption.

The Human Relations and Community Services Department - (517) 483-4477
Pursues local government mandates to cultivate diversity, equal opportunity and nondiscrimination, and address human services needs in the Lansing community. activities include neighborhood dispute mediation, investigation of citizen complaints against police personnel, enforcing prevailing wage laws (local and federal), monitoring City government EEO/Affirmative Action compliance, and participation in community groups addressing a wide range of social concerns.

Cash Assistance

The Family Independence Program(517) 887-9400
The Family Independence Program (FIP) provides cash assistance to families with children and pregnant women to help them pay for living expenses such as rent, heat, utilities, clothing, food and personal care items. They are one program under the umbrella of the Department of Human Services.

Food and Nutrition

The Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) - (517) 355-0921
Provides food and nutrition education to low-income families with children. Instructors, hired from the communities in which they work, teach a series of lessons that include practical skills in planning healthy meals and snacks, budgeting money for food expenses and food safety. They adapt activities to match the skills and interests of participants. Education could be provided to individuals in their homes or to groups of individuals in a community setting.

The Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program - (517) 887-4326
A supplemental food and nutrition education program for those women and children who qualify, as nutritionally at risk due to income or medical deficiencies. Income eligibility for WIC is determined under the Federal Guidelines of 185% of poverty. WIC also uses a priority assignment system in order to guarantee service to those with the greatest need for the program. WIC services are available at the Ingham County Health Department. 

Child Care

Financing Childcare
The Family Resource Center has compiled a listing of various organizations and programs set up to assist in the financing of child care. 

"SpartanKids" Childcare Grant Program for Students with Children - (517) 432-3745
"Spartan Kids" is a childcare grant that reduces the cost of childcare for Michigan State University students. Contact the Family Resource Center for more information. 

MSU Child Care Grant - (517) 353-5940
The MSU Child Care Grant Program provides funds to students with children to assist in meeting the cost of licensed child care during the school year. 

Spartan Child Development Center - (517) 353-5154
The center is dedicated to meeting the needs of children ages two weeks to seven years in an environment that nurtures and guides their individual growth and development. MSU Students who have children enrolled at SCDC may be eligible for reduced fees. 

CACS Head Start - (517) 482-1504
Dedicated to creating a comprehensive, culturally sensitive, nurturing, safe and healthy learning environment in which children, families and staff are inspired to reach their fullest potential. 

Housing
Greater Lansing Housing Coalition
 - (517) 372-5980

Provides quality affordable housing for low and moderate income persons and help revitalize neighborhoods. City of Lansing in partnership with the Greater Lansing Housing Coalition (GLHC) provides programs that allow low and moderate income households to buy their own home.

Habitat for Humanity of Michigan - (517) 485-1006
More than 200,000 volunteers have been recruited and trained to build houses for people in need in Michigan. Michigan Habitat affiliates have built more than 2,200 Habitat homes, providing more than 10,000 individuals with housing. Michigan affiliates are building homes at the rate of 200 houses annually. 

MSU College of Law Rental Housing Clinic - (517) 336-8088
Provides services to tenants and landlords who have some type of rental property issue. The Clinic offers traditional legal counsel as well as educational programs for tenants and landlords. 

Health CAre
Ingham County Health Department
- (517) 887-4311

Provides a wide range of health care services to protect and promote the health of Ingham Country Residents. The Health Department has 9 different locations in which they provide direct service to residents. 

Employment

Work First - (517) 371-1100
Provides job search services, education and training programs, and employment-related supportive services such as transportation allowances, uniforms, tools, and automobile repairs to families receiving some kind of public assistance

Capital Area Michigan Works! - (517) 492-5500
Offers and facilitates workforce development services to prepare people to become employable, to obtain a job and to progress in their careers. 

Department of Human Services

517-887-9400

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The Human Relations and Community Service Department

517-483-4477

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The Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program

517-887-4326

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Financing Childcare

The Family Resource Center has compiled a listing of various organizations and programs set up to assist in the financing of child care.

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"SpartanKids" Childcare Grant Program for Students with Children

517-432-3745 or frc@hr.msu.edu

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MSU Child Care Grant

517-353-5940

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Spartan Child Development Center

517-353-5154 or children@msu.edu

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CACS Head Start

517-482-1504

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The Greater Lansing Housing Coalition

517-372-5980 or info@glhc,org

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Habitat for Humanity of Michigan

517-485-1006 or mrochow@habitatmighican.org

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MSU College of Law Housing Clinic

517-336-8088

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Ingham County Health Department

517-887-4311

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Work First

517-371-1100

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Capital Area Michigan Works!

517-492-5500

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Extended Food and Nutrition Education Program

(517) 355-0921

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