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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.

Programs and Services

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


No rental or mortgage assistance is available.



Must have and approved State Emergency Relief (SER) via Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHSS)

Funds are now available for the following:

1. MEAP gas and electric upon approved (SER)


For information about utility assistance, please visit:

For any questions regarding our utility assistance, please review the previous websites.


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 60 days members in the household may receive personal needs, hygiene items, adult / children diapers, and formula.

  • The Personal Needs Pantry is available Monday through Friday, from 9:00 am to 11:30 am, and 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm (Hours will be expanding as of April 29th, 2024 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm (noon) and 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm), at the Lansing Salvation Army Center for Service located at 525 N. Pennsylvania Ave.
  • New applicants must have ID for all household members.
  • School ID or medical cards are accepted for children under 18.

For more information, please call us at (517) 484-4424.

If you would like to donate personal needs to this cause click here to find out.

Utility Assistance

The Salvation Army's Energy Assistance Services (EAS) seeks to walk alongside low-income households to address energy crises.  In this process an applicant may be offered bill payment assistance, energy company subsidy program enrollment, and case management services.  The goal of these services is to support household financial stability and support the customer in achieving goals they have set for themselves.  In most situations, an EAS Case Specialist will meet with an applicant one on one to determine eligibility and to assess the need or opportunity for additional supports.

Funding for EAS is provided by 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. 


How It Works

Each household that requests utility assistance is given a one-on-one interview conducted by our social services staff. During the interview, individual strengths and needs are identified, including the need for utility assistance. Also at this time, past and current use of community resources are explored and household income and expenses are reviewed. This dialogue leads to the development of a service plan to guide the provision of utility assistance. In all cases, eligibility for services is individually determined by our social services staff, based on the comprehensive assessment. Social services staff members then work directly with the utility companies to assist the household financially and to avoid shut off.


New Application Process This Year: STEP ONE = APPLY ONLINE


If you are not able to apply online, please contact The Salvation Army Lansing Capital Area at either (517)-484-4424 or (517)-394-6945 for assistance with applying.

When applying online, please select The Salvation Army as your referral partner and check the boxes that allow us permission to access your case so we may assist you with your energy assistance needs.

The following documents are needed for energy assistance appointments to apply online or in person:

One form of ID for the applicant such as:

  • Driver's license, State ID, Passport or green card, birth certificate
  • Proof of most recent household income for the past 45 days 
  • Most recent copy of bill

If you are not in the Clinton, Eaton, or Ingham counties click HERE for more options.


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