Local Resources for People Facing Homelessness

Community Action Agency

The Kalamazoo County Community Action Agency (CAA) is a part of the Kalamazoo Department of Health & Community Services. The CAA partners with other community based organizations to help low-income residents in Kalamazoo County to become self-sufficient.

Community Homeworks

Empowering our low-income neighbors to maintain safe, sustainable, and dignified homes, Community Homeworks’ programs are designed to help keep people in their homes and develop homeowner self-sufficiency while ensuring that their homes are safe, decent and sustainable.

Fair Housing Center of Southwest Michigan

The Fair Housing Center of Southwest Michigan believes all people should be empowered to claim their right to equal treatment in housing choice. Working together to promote inclusive communities, we eliminate limitations created by discrimination. Securing choice and lifting barriers cultivates environments where diversity and opportunity flourish.

Gryphon Place

Gryphon Place connects people and organizations to resolve conflict and crisis, foster volunteerism, and meet community needs.

Housing Resources, Inc.

Our services are designed to stabilize homeless households and help those in jeopardy of losing their housing, so they are more likely to avoid a repeat situation.

Kalamazoo Deacon’s Conference

Kalamazoo Deacons Conference, KDC, serves our community by offering love and hope to those in crisis. We work to provide clothing, furniture, household items, financial assistance, job training and more.

Kalamazoo Gospel Mission

We offer emergency provisions, such as shelter, food, clothing, hygiene products and more, to families and individuals facing hardships. Our recovery services help individuals overcome addictions and poor work histories to assist them in regaining a stable lifestyle through long-term programming. Through education and life skills training, all our residents find resources to help them break the cycle of homelessness and be more successful in their new homes.

Kalamazoo Habitat for Humanity

Kalamazoo Valley Habitat for Humanity is part of a global, nonprofit housing organization based on Christian principles that strives to eliminate substandard housing locally and worldwide by building, rehabilitating, and preserving homes. Habitat also advocates for fair and just housing policies. Habitat for Humanity believes that decent shelter in decent communities should be a matter of conscience and action for all.

Kalamazoo Loaves and Fishes

Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes is a ‘Food Bank Plus.’ This means that we acquire food through donations and our pennies-on-the-pound purchasing power, and distribute food at 73 distribution sites throughout Kalamazoo County via our five food programs. Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes will feed hungry people and engage our community in the fight to end hunger.

Legal Aid of Western Michigan

Legal Aid of Western Michigan (LAWM) is a nonprofit law firm providing free legal advice and representation to low income individuals in a broad range of areas including consumer cases, family matters, housing problems, government benefits, and more.

Ministry with Community

The mission of Ministry with Community is to empower people to make positive life changes.
To achieve its mission, Ministry with Community:

  • provides an environment of dignity, hope, trust and unconditional acceptance where all people are respected and valued
  • welcomes all people in the Kalamazoo community struggling with homelessness, poverty, mental illness, and other challenges
  • rebuilds lives by providing food, daytime shelter and other supportive services
  • work collaboratively with other community organizations

Open Doors Kalamazoo

Open Doors Kalamazoo is building a community of people who are overcoming homelessness through relationships, housing, employment, education, and sobriety in response to God’s love for all. We are privately funded by people who want to make a difference.

Salvation Army

The Salvation Army Emergency Food Pantry is a practical way to address the basic needs of families and individuals turning to us for help. We currently provide emergency food, personal items, clothing and clothing vouchers to our Thrift Store located on Portage Road. The Salvation Army provides emergency utility assistance for electric, propane, natural gas, fuel oil, and water shut-offs. Clients must have received a shut-off notice from their utility provider.

WMU Invisible Need Project

The Invisible Need Project is a multi-faceted campus-wide initiative intended to serve students with unmet needs, while building a WMU culture of giving.

YWCA of Kalamazoo

YWCA Kalamazoo provides free, safe shelter for up to five weeks for victims of domestic violence (intimate partner violence) and their dependent children. Any survivors of domestic violence who identify as women are eligible to stay on-site at our Emergency Shelter. Food, personal needs items, clothing, and emergency transportation are provided to Emergency Shelter residents.