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General Community Resources

 Detroit Public Library TIP Hotline


TIP (The Information Place) is a free community information and referral service that helps people find answers to the problems of everyday living. Librarians link individuals to agencies and local nonprofit organizations that offer services such as emergency food, health care, support groups, and parenting education.

Among the resources on which the TIP librarians rely is the TIP Database, a library-maintained resource file of detailed information on human and social services provided to residents of southeast Michigan by over 2,000 agencies and organizations. Many local human service agencies also use the TIP Database via subscription agreements which help defray data maintenance expenses.

Note: The Database can be searched only from computers in Detroit Public Library buildings. Please ask a librarian to log you into the Database.


Michigan Bridges

MI Bridges allows access to an online pre-screening tool that allows users to find programs offered by the State of Michigan that may help families in need with assistance for medical, nutritional, food, day care, temporary cash or other expenses.


United Way for Southeastern Michigan Resource Assistance

211 or 800-552-1183

660 Woodward Ave, Suite 300
Detroit, MI 48226

Currently available in 80% of the country, 2-1-1 is an easy-to-remember phone number that helps people cut through what can be a confusing and overwhelming maze of information and resources. 2-1-1 helps people assess their needs and links them directly to the resources that will help. Whether a person is contemplating starting a small business, looking for volunteer opportunities in his/her community or seeking information on essential services, 2-1-1 is there to help.


Crossroads of Michigan


2424 West Grand Blvd
Detroit, MI 48208

Crossroads provide clothing and personal hygiene, employment resources, food pantry and Sunday soup kitchen, general aid, Identification, prescription assistance/medical supplies, social services, and transportation.


Black Family Development

*website is currently undergoing maintenance*

Family Preservation and Support
2995 E. Grand Boulevard
Detroit, MI 48202

Families First workers provide home-based services for 10 hours per week, for 4 weeks. The program assists with parenting, counseling, medical care, home management, budgeting, accessing community resources and transportation.

Juvenile Justice Services
5555 Conner Ave., Suite 1038
Detroit, MI 48213

Empowers youth through the Positive Youth Development (PYD) program;  designed to enhance adolescent confidence, self-esteem and ego strengths.

 Westside Mother Advocacy

313-964-9380 (Selma Goode) Call Tuesday or Wednesday

23 E. Adams St., 3rd Floor
Detroit, MI 48226

Advocacy for individuals to obtain welfare benefits: food assistance, cash, Medicaid, rent deposit, SSI, Social Security, or other state or federal aid. $3.00 membership fee.

Wayne County Crisis Hotline

24-Hour Line Crisis: 313-224-7000
Toll Free Crisis: 1-800-241-4949
Toll Free Crisis: 1-800-273-8155
Toll Free Crisis: 1-800-784-2433
Emergency Shelter: 313-963-7829
Birth line-Prenatal Care: 800-262-4784

Individuals may call to get immediate emergency help, telephone counseling by trained individuals regarding matters such as emergency shelter, prenatal care and many other crises.

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Diabetes is a chronic disease that develops when your blood sugar (blood glucose) levels are too high. If you are pregnant, you can develop gestational diabetes (gestational means the time when you are pregnant). About 7 in 100 pregnant women will get gestational diabetes. Even though it usually goes away once a woman is no Read More
I don’t always have transportation. How am I supposed to get to my prenatal care appointments?
Not having reliable access to a car, bus, or other form of transportation can make it harder to get to your healthcare provider throughout pregnancy. There are many free transportation resources in Detroit, even during COVID-19. Additionally, WIN Network: Detroit has more remote offerings to make sure you can receive care. Resources in Detroit Cars: Read More

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