NOTE: The resources on this website are listed as a service to the HFC community. These services are not specifically endorsed by HFC; they are provided as information only. They are identified as having a mission to serve, or provide assistance to, the LGBTQ+ community and individuals. Some resources will also be of use to non-LGBTQ+ individuals, who are welcome to access these resources as well.

For internal HFC resources, visit the SAFE@HFC website.

Crisis hotlines

The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender National Hotline

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) National Hotline provides phone, online private one-to-one chat and email peer support, as well as information and local resources across the United States. This organization offers support with callers of all ages about coming-out issues, relationship concerns, bullying, workplace issues, HIV/AIDS anxiety, and safer-sex information. 888-843-4564

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.
(800) 273-8255

The National Runaway Safeline

The National Runaway Safeline is available to listen, whether you are thinking of running away or already have. Its services are confidential and nonjudgmental.
3141B N. Lincoln Chicago, IL 60657
ADMIN 773.880.9860
FAX 773.929.5150
TEXT 66008

Anti-violence and crime victim resources

Equality for Michigan

Equality Michigan, a statewide anti-violence and advocacy organization that serves Michigan's LGBTQ and HIV-affected communities:
Services Provided:

  • Victim services
  • Anti-violence
  • LGBTQ and HIV public policy advocacy
  • Field services
  • Motor City Pride
  • ComedyFest
  • Women's Golf OUTing
    Call (313) 537-7000

First Step

The mission of First Step is to eliminate domestic and sexual violence and to provide services to individuals and families impacted by these crimes.
44567 Pinetree Dr Plymouth MI, 48170
Serves Western and Downriver Wayne County
24-HOUR HELP LINE: (734) 722-6800

Michigan Crime Victim Services

The Michigan Crime Victim Services Commission (CVSC) is a state agency within the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. CVSC serves victims of a physical crime (e.g., not cybercrime).
CVSC has four programs that serve and support crime victims including: Compensation, Sexual Assault Forensic Exam (S.A.F.E), Victim Rights and Crime Victim Assistance (VOCA).
Capitol View Building Lansing MI, 48909

The Turning Point

Turning Point provides emergency and support services to meet both the immediate and long-term needs of survivors of domestic and sexual violence.
Services include:

  • Turning Point Shelter
  • Counseling and Advocacy
  • Forensic Nurse Examiners
  • Personal Protection Orders and Legal Help
  • Children and Teen Programs
  • Prevention Education
    Macomb County:
    24-hour crisis line: 586.463.6990

Wayne County Prosecutor's Office-Victims Unit

The Victim Services Unit will work with crime victims to access information and will advocate for your rights (Crime Victim’s Rights) in the criminal justice system. They provide the following services:

  • Assist victims with understanding court procedures and legal terms (Crime Victims’ Rights Handbook)
  • Make referrals for counseling and other needed services (Counseling Services Directory)
  • Provide information on how to obtain a Personal Protection Order (Instructions on how to obtain a PPO)
  • Prepare victims to testify in court
  • Provide support at court proceedings
  • Act as a liaison between the victims to the Assistant Prosecutors
  • Provide notification of all court events
    1441 St. Antoine Detroit MI, 48226

Youth-oriented services

The Trevor Project

The Trevor Project is a national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth.

The Ruth Ellis Center

Provides short-term and long-term residential safe space and support services to at-risk, runaway, and homeless youth who identify as lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender, and questioning.

The Ozone House

Serves residents in Washtenaw County (Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, and the surrounding areas) by providing free, confidential, voluntary shelter and support services to homeless youth including runaways and at-risk youth ages 10-20 and their families.
CRISIS LINE: (734) 662-2222

The Covenant House

Covenant House Michigan (CHM) provides shelter and hope to young people ages 18-24 who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness. They have two locations in Michigan: Detroit and Grand Rapids. They provide youth shelter, educational and vocational programs, and support services to help them find their path to meaningful and successful adulthood. All services are free.
2959 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Detroit, MI 48208

Vista Maria

To deliver innovative care, support, treatment and education to vulnerable youth so that they heal, believe in their worth, and build the skills needed to succeed. Vista Maria has a number of programs designed to help those in need including foster care students, high-risk girls and boys, transitional living for students who have aged out of foster care, those at risk of or victims of human trafficking, etc.
20651 West Warren Avenue
Dearborn Heights, MI 48127

Older adult services

SAGE LGBT Elder Hotline

Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE) is the world’s largest organization devoted to improving the lives of older LGBT people. This hotline offers peer-support to callers who are often very isolated, sometimes closeted, and in need of a caring, non-judgmental person to talk with. The listeners on the hotline don't give advice. Their role is to listen and care.
What is an "older person"? The Elder Hotline does not have specific age requirements. The service is designed for mature adults, but will not turn anyone away.
Toll-free 1-888-234-SAGE (1-888-234-7243)

Latino/a services

Community Health and Social Services - LA VIDA

LA VIDA Partnership, a community program of CHASS Center, is a domestic violence and sexual assault intervention and prevention program that provides linguistically and culturally appropriate services and resources targeted to Latino/a youth and families in Southwest Detroit and Southeast Michigan.
All services are provided in English and Spanish.
5635 W Fort St Detroit MI, 48209

Advocacy and support

Affirmations of Ferndale

Affirmations is Michigan's largest LGBTQ community center and one of the largest LGBTQ community centers in the country.
Support Groups include:

  • Alter-Abilities Support: Support group for alter-abled or ‘disabled’ LGBTQ+ identifying persons.
  • In Touch: The Internal Dialogue is a structured six-week group designed to promote autonomy and connectivity in the LGBTQ+ community through reflection about the impact of homophobia, heterosexism, transphobia, racism and disease on the lives of individuals.
  • Friends and Families: This is a support group for friends and families of LGBTQ+ identifying persons.
  • LGBTQ+ with HPV: This is a support, discussion, and activity group for ANYONE with HSV1/2 and HPV.
  • Red Umbrella: Red Umbrella is a group for individuals involved in the erotic labor industry. This group is for those who identify as current or former sex workers, including but not limited to: escorts, adult film performers, webcam models, fetish workers, exotic dancers, street workers, and phone-sex operators. Members will support each other through the model of harm reduction.

Transgender Michigan

Transgender Michigan exists to provide advocacy, support, and education while creating coalitions in Michigan to unify and empower transgender and gender non-conforming communities.
Call (855) 345-8464

Easter Seals of Michigan

Easter Seals is not LGBT-specific, but serves and supports all people with disabilities, addictions, or special needs and their families so they can successfully live, learn, work and play in their communities.
Call 1.800.75.SEALS (73257)

Food pantries and clothing: non-church-affiliated

Help’s on the Way Client Center

5358 S Beech Daly Rd.
Dearborn Heights, MI 48125
(313) 908-7104
Services: Food Pantry
Hours: Thursdays from 6pm until all clients on the Line Coordinator's list are served. Not open the fifth Thursday of the month and holidays if they fall on a Thursday.
Eligibility: Income limit is $13,000 for one adult, plus $4,500 for each additional household member (either child or adult). Clients can receive assistance up to twelve times in a calendar year and not more than once in any calendar month.
Documents To Bring: Must show government issued photo identification. Passports with supporting documents may be accepted.

Mother’s Pantry (3.3 miles from Dearborn)

27717 Carlysle
Inkster, MI 48141
Phone: 313-278-8282
Hours: Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturdays

HFC Students always have access to the Hawks Nest food pantry

Food pantries and clothing: church-affiliated

New Hope United Methodist Church

3401 Oakwood Blvd.
Melvindale, MI 48122
Phone: 313-383-6577
Services: Food Pantries
Hours: Last two Thursdays of the month 11am-1pm.
Eligibility: Low-income individuals and families residing in Lincoln Park, Melvindale, and River Rouge.
Documents To Bring: Must provide proof of income and family size.

Trinity Community Presbyterian Church

4849 W Outer Dr.
Detroit, MI 48235
(313) 342-2288
Services: Food Pantries, General Clothing Provision
Hours: Fourth Tuesday of the month, 9am-1pm.
Eligibility: No restrictions
Spirit of Hope 1519 Martin Luther King Blvd. Detroit, MI 48208 (313) 964-3113 Services: Food Pantries Hours: Sun 10am. Closed on Easter Sunday. Eligibility: No restrictions. Documents To Bring: Must show some form of identification, does not have to be state-issued, can be a utility bill, hospital bracelet or any other documentation that shows the individual's name.

First Assembly of God Church (3.0 miles from Dearborn)

5650 South Telegraph Road
Dearborn Heights, MI 48125
Hours: Friday Noon to 3 p.m.

Sharon 7th Day Adventist Church (3.3 miles from Dearborn)

28537 Cherry St.
Inkster, MI 48141
Phone: 734-722-2313
Hours: Open once a month

Saint Stephen AME Church

6000 John E. Hunter Dr.
Detroit, MI 48210
(313) 895-4800
Services: Food Pantries
Hours: Mon-Thu10am-3pm, Fri 10am-12noon.
Eligibility: No restrictions; however, assistance is one-time only.

Salvation Army Dearborn Heights (0.8 miles from Dearborn)

26700 W. Warren
Dearborn Heights, MI 48127
Phone: 313-563-4457
Hours: 9-4 p.m. M-F

Society of Saint Vincent De Paul in the Archdiocese of Detroit community Food Depot - Detroit

Van Elslander Family Center
Detroit, MI 48207
(313) 393-2920
Services: Food Pantries
Hours: Mon, Wed, Fri 10am-2pm.
Eligibility: Low-income families and individuals living in Lapeer, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, Saint Clair or Wayne counties.
Documents To Bring: Must provide proof of income, must show government issued photo identification, must provide proof of residency and provide birth certificates or social security cards for all household members.

Homeless shelters

United Way of Southeastern Michigan Referral Line
Dial 211 from your phone or visit

Coalition on Temporary Shelter (COTS)
26 Peterboro, Detroit MI
Phone: 313-831-3777

Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries
150 Stimson Street, Detroit
Phone: 313-993-4700

Wayne County Family Center
30600 Michigan Avenue, Westland, MI
Phone: 734-721-0590
Shelter for homeless families

Cass Community Social Services
11850 Woodrow Wilson, Detroit, MI
Phone: 313-883-2277

United Way of Southeastern Michigan
Dial 211 on your phone or visit