Life can be difficult and there are a number of services and organizations in and around Westland that are there to assist residents of Westland when they are in need. Below is a list of some of the available programs. If you need additional assistance please reach out to any of following City Departments for additional resources:
Food and Housing Assistance
Commodities Food Distribution
The Community Development / Housing Department coordinates the distribution of surplus commodity foods to qualified low-income households in need. To view the program and see if you qualify for assistance, please visit Commodities Food Distribution.
Michigan Homeowner Assistance Fund (MIHAF)
The Homeowner Assistance Fund was established to mitigate hardships associated with the coronavirus pandemic by providing funds to prevent homeowner mortgage delinquencies, defaults, foreclosure, loss of utilities or home energy services and displacements of homeowners experiencing financial hardship on or after January 21, 2020 or for those homeowners who experience a coronavirus pandemic financial hardship that began before January 21, 2020 but continued after that date. To find out more about eligibility, to apply, and for more information please visit the Michigan Homeowner Assistance Fund (MIHAF) website.
Wayne County Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP)
Wayne County ERAP is available to those in Wayne County who have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, who are experiencing housing instability, and whose household income is at or below 80% of Area Median Income (AMI). For full details and to apply for assistance, please visit the Wayne County ERAP website.
Community Development Programs
The Community Development Department manages Westland's federally funded Community Development Block Grant and HOME programs. These programs provide a variety of activities for low to moderate income Westland residents. Participants in these programs must meet federal income and family qualification guidelines. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development provides the funding for these programs. For more information, please visit the Community Development Programs website.
Housing Choice Voucher Program
The housing choice voucher program is a federal government's program for assisting low income families, the elderly, and the disabled to afford housing. For more information, please visit the Housing Choice Voucher Program website.
Hegira Health, Inc.
Hegira Health, Inc. (HHI) is a private non-profit organization that offers specialized mental health and substance abuse treatment programs to individuals of all ages and primary care physician services. For details regarding the care offered by Hegira Health, Inc. please visit the Hegira Health website.
Medical Equipment Supply Loans
The Westland Fire Department can help you with your durable medical equipment needs. They often have on hand wheelchairs, walkers, canes, crutches and shower chairs. If they do not have something in their inventory, they can assist you in acquiring what you need. Medical Supply Request Form
County, State and Federal Health Services
Visit these sites for more information about health services throughout the area.
General Assistance Programs
FCC Lifeline Program
Administered by the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC), the Lifeline program provides a discount on phone service for qualifying low-income consumers to ensure that all Americans have the opportunities and security that phone service brings. To see if you're eligible, view the details on the FCC website.
FCC Affordable Connectivity Program
The Affordable Connectivity Program is a FCC benefit program that helps ensure that households can afford the broadband they need for work, school, healthcare and more.
The benefit provides eligible households:
- Discount toward internet service for eligible households.
- One-time discount to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers if they contribute more than $10 and less than $50 toward the purchase price.
Visit the FCC ACP website for more information and eligibility.
The Wayne Westland Salvation Army offers various assistance programs. Please visit the Wayne Westland Salvation Army website to view the programs they offer and to get more information.
Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency
Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency offers several assistance programs in the areas of Quality Housing, Family Stability and Economic Opportunities. These include:
- utility payment assistance
- water service assistance
- mortgage support
- weatherization assistance
- head start and other after school programs
- employment assistance and many more programs to assist people in need
To view the programs offered and to apply for assistance, please visit Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency.
Public Transportation Options
Nankin Transit provides bus transportation to seniors and handicapped individuals in the cities of Canton, Garden City, Inkster, Wayne, and Westland.
The Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation (SMART) is Southeast Michigan's only regional bus system helping people connect to work, school, medical appointments, shopping centers, entertainment and cultural events.
Youth Development Programs
Jefferson Barns Community Vitality Center
Jefferson Barns Community Vitality Center provides a number of programs for youth throughout the year and has a full lending library available. Visit Jefferson Barns Community Vitality Center's website for more information on it's programs and services for the entire family.
Kronk Gym (ESCOT Program)
Kronk Gym provides programs for area youth to develop into the champions of tomorrow through academics, athletics, community and leadership. Visit Kronk Gym's website for more information.
Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency Community Programs
Wayne Metro is one of the largest assistance program agencies in Southeast Michigan. They have a number of programs to help in the development and care of youth in our community. Visit Wayne Metro's website for more information.
Westland Youth Assistance Program
Our own Westland Youth Assistance program is there to help youth become part of the community and help families in need. Visit the Youth Assistance webpage for more information about their programs.