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Helpline offers support for those in need

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) and Michigan 2-1-1 have been promoting 2-1-1 helpline resources. The helpline provides support to those who struggle to pay their bills or put food on the table.

2-1-1 is a free and confidential helpline providing referrals for food, shelter, medical assistance, childcare and other statewide assistance programs. The helpline provides a wide range of resources such as:

– Parenting and caregiver resources

– Utility assistance

– Free tax preparation services

– Food pantry locations

– Job finding assistance

– Automobile payment assistance

– Mental health support group information

– Healthcare expense assistance

Nearly half of households in Michigan struggle to meet their basic needs. 2-1-1 provides access to more than 30,000 resources for people and families throughout Michigan.

Those looking for assistance can call 2-1-1 to speak to a representative 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Residents can also access 2-1-1 resources through the MI Bridges website. Since 2018, residents have used MI Bridges over 750,000 times to search for services and organizations in their communities.

To learn more about Michigan 2-1-1 or the helpline, visit mi211.org.

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