Local Resources for People Facing Homelessness

City of Kalamazoo Community Planning and Development

Kalamazoo's Community Planning & Development Department (often referred to as CP&D) works to create a healthy, safe, and sustainable community of choice through leadership, education, partnerships, and stewardship of resources and assets. The department has several areas of focus including land use and planning, the investment of federal, state, and local grant funds into neighborhoods, rental housing and building inspections, historic preservation, and the enforcement of codes and ordinances.

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/211

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.

ISAAC

ISAAC is an interfaith organizing network of congregations and strategic partners working together to build a more just community.

Kalamazoo Collective Housing

We offer permanently affordable, democratically controlled rental housing. We are 30 members across five houses. We operate group cooperatives and single family apartments. We work with residents who earn low-incomes. All of our homes are in Kalamazoo’s Vine Neighborhood, a core urban neighborhood adjacent to downtown Kalamazoo and WMU/K-College.

Kalamazoo County Eviction Diversion Program

This is a program that provides low and moderate income families and individuals with eviction prevention assistance.

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 Drop-In Child Care Center

The Kalamazoo Drop-In Child Care Center (KDCCC) was established to provide free, short-term child care for low-income families with children from six weeks through the age of five. The objectives of our service are to enable parents with young children to more rapidly negotiate the maze of appointments and services often required to obtain employment, permanent housing, register for school or attend classes and eventual self-sufficiency. We also give parents a "healthy" break from the demands of parenting. We have created a warm, safe, and supportive environment for children and their parents.

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.

Kalamazoo Neighborhood Housing Services

The mission of KNHS is to revitalize neighborhoods and foster home ownership in Kalamazoo County. We do this by providing comprehensive programs and education tailored to low and moderate income home buyers and homeowners.

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.

LIFT Foundation

LIFT is a community resource for building, preserving, operating, and maintaining homes for people with low incomes in west Michigan. As a nonprofit housing provider operating since 1966, LIFT obtains federal funding for local housing needs, and provides efficient and professional management of properties.

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services – Kalamazoo County

Services for Michigan's aging and adult population to maintain independence and live a healthier and higher quality life. 

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.

Partners in Housing Transition

Since 1991, Partners in Housing Transition has provided basic home furnishings for formerly homeless families, helping them to turn a barren space into a home filled with hope.

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.