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Washtenaw Area Organizations and Services

Local housing resources for Washtenaw County

The area code for all numbers is 734, unless otherwise noted.

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  1. Housing Inspections
  2. Housing Resources
  3. Legal Resources
  4. Small Claims Court
  5. Social Services
  6. Other Services

Housing Inspections

Ann Arbor: 794-6267, 100 N. Fifth Ave. Call to have your house or apartment inspected if you think there are code violations. You may also request the inspection records for any rental address in the City of Ann Arbor.

Pittsfield Township: 822-3129, 6201 W. Michigan Ave., Ann Arbor. There is a $20 fee for inspections which you may be able to deduct from your rent. The form to request inspections is also available online.

Ypsilanti: 482-1025, 1 S. Huron St., Ypsilanti. Call or go in to the office to have your house or apartment inspected if you think there are code violations. You must sign a complaint.

Ypsilanti Township: 485-3943, 7200 S. Huron River Dr. Call or go in to the office to have your house or apartment inspected if you think there are code violations. You must sign a complaint.

Housing Resources

Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living: 971-0277, 2568 Packard. Advocacy, referrals and other services for people with disabilities. Email: cilstaff@aacil.org.

Ann Arbor Housing Commission: 994-2828, 727 Miller Ave. Provides public housing and otherhousing assistance for low-income people and seniors, and administers a Section 8 housing subsidyprogram. Email: aahc@ci.ann-arbor.mi.us.

Avalon Housing: 663-5858, 603 W. Huron Street, Ann Arbor. Affordable housing and supported non-profit housing development. Email: info@avalonhousing.org.

Fair Housing Center of Southeastern Michigan: 1-877-979-FAIR or info@fhcmichigan.org. The FHC actively works to investigate complaints of illegal housing discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability, familial status, marital status, age, sexual orientation, student status, and source of income. We provide investigative services, testing, advice, advocacy, conciliation, attorney referral and community education.

Housing Bureau for Seniors: 998-9339, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Suite C, Ann Arbor. Provides counseling on housing options and home sharing for seniors.

Housing & Urban Development (HUD): (313) 226-7900, McNamara Federal Building, 477 Michigan Ave., Detroit.A federal department that provides funding and/or loans for subsidized and public housing. Maintains somecontrol over the administration of that housing. Public Housing Office: (313) 226-6880. Office of Fair Housing & Equal Opportunity: (313) 226-6898.

Human Rights Commission: 994-2762 or 994-4856, 220 E. Huron St., Ann Arbor. Investigates complaints of discrimination in housing, employment, and public accommodation under city, state, and federal antidiscrimination laws, and under ordinances for anyone in the City of Ann Arbor. Not limited to residents. Available by appointment only.

Interfaith Hospitality Network of Washtenaw County: 822-0220, 4290 Jackson Rd., Ann Arbor. Shelter and housing services for homeless families. Email: info@alphahouse-ihn.org.

Ozone House: 662-2222 (crisis hot line), 1705 Washtenaw, Ann Arbor. Provides services for runaway and homeless youth and advocates for teens in crisis.

SAFEHouse Center: 995-5444 (24/7 Help Line). Washtenaw County shelter and advocacy for battered women and children. For services outside Washtenaw County, call 1-800-799-SAFE, or 1-800-787-3224 TTY.

Section 8:
Ann Arbor Housing Commission: 994-2828 (see above).
Plymouth Housing Commission: 455-3670, 1160 Sheridan, Plymouth. Email: plyhsg@oeonline.com
Ypsilanti Housing Commission: 482-4300, 601 Armstrong, Ypsilanti.
MSHDA agents: Jennifer Sells, JSELLS LLC, 662-2917.
Dana Ramus, Housing Choice Voucher Program (Lenawee, Washtenaw, and Hillsdale), phone (517) 266-0470, fax (517) 263-2753.

Shelter Association of Washtenaw County: 662-2829, 312 W. Huron, Ann Arbor. Temporary emergency night shelter for homeless adults.

SOS Housing Crisis Services: 484-4300, 114 N. River, Ypsilanti. Provides information and referral services, short-term crisis counseling, and limited financial assistance. Also provides referalls to Prospect Place Family Shelter Program.

Synod Residential Services: 483-9363. Group homes and drop-in centers for developmentally disabled and mentally ill people. Email: info@synres.org.

University of Michigan Housing Information Office: 763-3164, 1011 Student Activities Building. Registers landlords and provides a standard U-M lease. Any landlord can register if they promise to make a good faith effort to settle disputes through the Off Campus Housing Program. This office also provides free mediation in landlord-tenant or tenant-tenant disputes to all students at the U-M. Email: housing@umich.edu.

Legal Resources

Fair Housing Center of Southeastern Michigan: 1-877-979-FAIR or info@fhcmichigan.org. The FHC actively works to investigate complaints of illegal housing discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability, familial status, marital status, age, sexual orientation, student status, and source of income. We provide investigative services, testing, advice, advocacy, conciliation, attorney referral and community education.

Legal Services of South Central Michigan: 665-6181, 420 N. Fourth Ave., Ann Arbor. Provides free legal assistance to low-income people and senior citizens in Washtenaw County.

Michigan Clinical Law Program (UM Law School): 763-4319, 363 Legal Research Building, 801 Monroe, Ann Arbor. Free legal services for low-income residents of Washtenaw County. Staffed by law students supervised by a law professor. Operates Sept.-Apr. Handles landlord-tenants disputes, employment discrimination, simple divorces (no custody cases), and misdemeanor defense cases by appointment. Email: mclp@Umich.edu

R.E.A.C.T./EMU Student Legal Services: contact via Commuter Central 487-0846, Mckenny Union - Eastern Michigan University. EMU organization that provides free legal counseling to students.

SAFEHouse Legal Advocacy Program: 995-5444 (24/7 Help Line). Provides assistance and support to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault as they navigate the criminal or civil legal system.

Student Legal Services: 763-9920, 2304 Michigan Union, 530 S. State, Ann Arbor. Free legal assistance for students enrolled at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Call for an appointment.

Washtenaw County Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service: 996-3229. Provides assistance locating a local attorney who can provide a half-hour initial consultation and legal advice. This service costs $30.

Washtenaw County/EMU Legal Resource Center: 994-0160, 101 E. Huron, Ann Arbor in the Washtenaw County Courhouse (Mon., Tues., Thurs.) and 7200 S. Huron River Dr., Ypsilanti in the 14B District Courthouse (Wed.). Provides self-help information for navigating small claims court.

Small Claims Court

Washtenaw County Courts

15th District Court (City of Ann Arbor): 222-3389, 101 E. Huron, Ann Arbor.

14A-1 District Court (Townships of Ann Arbor, Augusta, Pittsfield, Salem, Superior, and the Village of Barton Hills): 971-6050, 4133 Washtenaw, Ann Arbor.

14A-2 District Court (City of Ypsilanti): 484-6690, 415 W. Michigan Ave., Ypsilanti.

14A-3 District Court (Townships of Bridgewater, Dexter, Freedom, Lima, Lodi, Lyndon, Manchester, Northfield, Scio, Sharon, Sylvan, Webster and the Villages of Chelsea, Dexter and Manchester): 475-8606, 122 S. Main St., Chelsea.

14B District Court (Ypsilanti Township): 483-5300, 7200 S. Huron River Drive., Ypsilanti.

Social Services

Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living: 971-0277, 2568 Packard. Advocacy, referrals and other services for people with disabilities. Email: cilstaff@aacil.org.

Catholic Social Services: 971-9781, 4295 Packard, Ann Arbor. Provides a variety of community outreach services including help with domestic violence, family therapy, homelessness prevention, and services to older adults and families at risk. Email: info@csswashtenaw.org

Department of Human Services (formerly Family Independence Agency): 481-2000, 22 Center St., Ypsilanti. Apply for cash assistance (Family Independence Program and Refugee Assistance Program), Food Stamps (Food Assistance), Medicaid, MI Child, State Emergency Relief, and Child Day Care Services. Applications are available online in English & Spanish.

Housing Bureau for Seniors: 998-9339, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Suite C, Ann Arbor. Provides counseling on housing options and home sharing for seniors.

Ozone House: 662-2222 (crisis hot line), 1705 Washtenaw, Ann Arbor. Provides services for runaway and homeless youth and advocates for teens in crisis.

SAFEHouse Center: 995-5444 (24/7 Help Line). Washtenaw County shelter and advocacy for battered women and children. For services outside Washtenaw County, call 1-800-799-SAFE, or 1-800-787-3224 TTY.

Sexual Assault Prevention & Awareness Center: 936-3333 (24-hour crisis line), 715 N. University, Suite 202, Ann Arbor. Offers counseling, referrals, and other services for survivors of rape, harassment, domestic violence and other forms of sexual assault.

SOS Community Services: 485-8730, 101 S. Huron, Ypsilanti. Counseling and advocacy for personal and financial crisis.

United Way: 2-1-1, Excellent resource. Provides information and referrals to individuals and families in need.

Other Services

Better Business Bureau: (248) 644-9100, 30555 Southfield Rd. Suite 200, Southfield. Deals with complaints about businesses; complaints can be filed online through their web site. Email: complaints@easternmichiganbbb.org.

Dispute Resolution Center: 222-3745, 110 North Fourth Avenue, Ann Arbor. Provides mediation for disputes between landlords and tenants. An alternative to small claims court. Email: drc@mimediation.org

Mediation Services, University of Michigan: 647-7397, Room 4354, Michigan Union. Free mediation services for UM students. Good alternative to small claims court. Email: mediation@umich.edu.

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