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We fight poverty with love

By providing programs that serve the body, mind and soul, The Salvation Army helps alleviate the symptoms of poverty - and works to address the root issues that cause it.

We're Here to Help

Poverty is often the result of, and catalyst for, chronic struggles with hunger, addiction, housing insecurity, mental illness, unemployment, educational voids, and various forms of abuse. These interconnected issues continue year after year and generation after generation. That's why we work to meet the needs of the whole person through short- and long-term assistance.

Through programs that serve the body, mind and soul, we alleviate the symptoms of poverty, then work to address the root issues that cause it. This holistic approach helps create sustainable change in millions of lives, every single day.

The Salvation Army of Lansing Capital Area (Eaton, Clinton and Ingham counties)

works together with community organizations and services to meet the material and spiritual needs of individuals and families. Our goal is to provide supportive assistance to people facing crisis situations. Services is given without regard to race, sex, age or religion.

Programs and Services

The Salvation Army of Lansing Capital Area provides a variety of programs to help individuals and families facing emergency and crisis situations. Some of the essentials services offered include:


Pathway of Hope

The Salvation Army's Pathway of Hope initiative provides individualized services to families with children who desire to take action to break the cycle of crisis and vulnerability that repeats generation after generation. It seeks to address the root causes of poverty in addition to The Army's history of compassionate serving. By helping families overcome challenges like unemployment, unstable housing, and lack of education, we can lead families down a path toward increased stability and, ultimately, self-sufficiency.  Learn more >

Personal Needs

Every 30 days every adult in the household may receive a personal needs bag with about a dozen hygiene items. 

Call for more information: Citadel (517) 484-442, South Corps (517) 394-6945

Clothing Pantry

Individualls can receive free clothing from the South Corps.  There are coats, children's clothes, women's and men's attire.

It operates Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

These items are free to the public and people can take up to 5 items a piece.

Utility Assistance

The utility assistance program is a one-time assistance program that helps low income individuals and families with utility payment assistance. Unfortunately funds are limited and are given to us in periodic grants. Therefore people are assisted on a first call basis.  

An appointment is necessary. Utility appointments are made in the order they are received, call (517) 484-4424 to make an appointment for Citadel Corps or (517) 394-6945 for South Corps .

The Salvation Army provides assistance with utility bills for households that have received a shut-off notice. People seeking utility assistance must meet the following criteria.

Utility funding guidelines change from year to year.  Please call the Family Services Department to see if you are eligible for this assistance.

To make an appointment or if you have any questions about Utility Assistance please call (517)-484-4424 or (517)-394-6945 .



With a grant from the State of Michigan, partnerships with Consumers Energy, DTE Energy, and Michigan Gas Utilities as well as donations from individuals and other corporations we are able to offer various utility budget assistance programs.

CARE: Consumers Energy is helping qualified customers afford and better manage their monthly energy costs with the CARE Program. CARE customers receive a 40% discount on their Consumers Energy bill until September 2015 so long as participants make on-time monthly payments toward a more affordable bill.

Detroit Energy LSP: Low Income Self-Sufficiency Plan (LSP) is a low affordable payment plan for eligible low income families. This program allows you to make affordable monthly payments based on your income. The remaining portion of your bill is paid monthly with your energy assistance funds.

For more information about Consumers Energy's CARE program visit: consumersenergy.com/care

For more information about DTE's LSP program visit: dteenergy.com/lsp

Click to download: TSA EAS Application Form

Rent Assistance

There are times in people's lives when they cannot pay their rent, or have fallen behind due to their economic circumstances.  Through various grants and funding we are able to assist a family or individual once every 12 months.

When funding is available, appointments are scheduled on a "first come, first serve" basis.

Appointments are necessary and can be made by phone call at (517) 484-4424.  Please bring the following with you after making an appointment for rent assistance:

For back rent:  A court ordered eviction including: judgment, summons, complaint and demand for possession, letter of nulification from the landlord for writ, or order of eviction.

For First Month's Rent:  A shelter verification form from the shelter you are currently staying in

For Foreclosure:  A letter of intent to foreclose


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