COVID-19 City Resources


Use the Find Food Resources Near You button (above) to see a map of food distribution sites across Detroit that are currently open.


Free Meals for Children (up to 18 years old)

The Parks and Recreation Division of the General Services Department is providing meals for children at participating recreation centers. Parents and children may pick up multiple meals to suit their needs. Meals are offered, Monday–Friday, at these locations:

  • Adams Butzel Recreation Center, 10500 Lyndon ---5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
  • Kemeny Recreation Center, 2260 S. Fort St. ---4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. 
  • Patton Recreation Center, 2301 Woodmere ---4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.

These are congregated meals and children are required to eat them at the recreation sites. There is no pick-up option for parents or children.

Meals for Seniors

The Detroit Area Agency on Aging (DAAA) is providing frozen meals for seniors ages 60 and up. There is a limited number of meals and it's on a first-come, first-served basis. Farwell Recreation Center serves hot meals to seniors during the week, but a donation is requested and they congregate meals that are eaten at the site.

Seniors can pick up five days worth of meals every Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the following recreation centers:

  • Adams Butzel Recreation Center, 10500 Lyndon ---11:30 a.m. -1:00 p.m. 
  • Butzel Family Center, 7737 Kercheval, Detroit, MI ---11:00 a.m. -12:30 p.m
  • Patton Community Center, 2301 Woodmere St, Detroit, MI---11:30 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.
  • Joseph Walker Williams Center, 8431 Rosa Parks Blvd., Detroit, MI--- 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 
  • Farwell Recreation Center, 2711 Outer Dr E, Detroit, MI 48234 ---Mon-Thurs 12:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.


Groceries for Families

While Detroit area grocery stores are restocking their shelves regularly, The City of Detroit is also working with Gleaners to provide alternative sites where families can get groceries. Gleaners will provide two weeks of groceries to families with children at Recreation Centers:

  • Northwest Activities Center, 18100 Meyers, 2:00 PM- 4:00 PM every other Monday (313) 578-7500

Gleaners is still providing groceries through their existing partners across the region, which can be found here.

COVID-19 Testing & Vaccination

Make an Appointment - If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 of have come in contact with an infected person, call 313-230-0505 to make an appointment. 


The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD) has restored water service to nearly 1,300 occupied homes, many of which needed plumbing repairs, under the COVID-19 Water Restart Plan announced by Mayor Mike Duggan and Governor Gretchen Whitmer on March 9, 2020. Mayor Duggan announced the extension of the water service interruption moratorium through 2022 while DWSD works with legislators and community partners on a long-term water affordability solution. If anyone needs assistance with their water service in Detroit, go to this page.



CDC Eviction Moratorium has been extended through March 31, 2021. The Order temporarily halts residential evictions of covered persons for nonpayment of rent during September 4, 2020, through March 31, 2021. To see if you are covered through the moratorium, please see refer to the CDC FAQ document. If you need to use the CDC Eviction Moratorium, sign and give this Declaration Form to your landlord immediately (if it applies to you). Save a copy and proof that you sent it.

If you or someone you know is facing eviction and has received a notice to quit or a court order summons, complaint or judgment, please access the Detroit Eviction Prevention Program by calling the Eviction Prevention Helpline at 866-313-2520 or visit to access the online intake form.

The City of Detroit has eviction prevention resources to assist Detroit residents facing eviction. The eviction prevention program is administered by partners at United Community Housing Coalition (UCHC), MI Legal Services, Lakeshore Legal Aid and Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency.


Homeowners Property Tax Assistance Program Deadline Extended


The Homeowners Property Tax Assistance Program (HPTAP) is a program to reduce your CURRENT YEAR property taxes based upon household income or circumstances. If approved, you will still be responsible for the $120 solid waste fee.


The City of Detroit announced Homeowners Property Tax Assistance Program (HPTAP) application approvals will be made on an on-going basis, eliminating the previous deadlines. The final 2021 deadline is December 13.

Due to COVID-19 the following changes have been applied:

  • No notary required for 2021
  • The City will accept 2020 and 2019 income tax return
  • The City will accept unemployment decision as proof of income

Information about how to apply for HPTAP and to access the online application visit


Pay As You Stay
If you are approved for the HPTAP and have delinquent taxes at the Wayne County Treasurer’s Office, you may also qualify for the new Pay As You Stay (PAYS) payment program that can reduce your BACK TAXES OWED significantly by removing all fees, penalties and interest or capping the amount owed at 10% of the properties taxable value, whichever is less. You must be approved for the HPTAP property tax exemption first. Eligible residents for PAYS will receive a letter from the Wayne County Treasurer’s Office with next steps to enroll in PAYS. Information about PAYS can be found here.

A network of 11 community organizations across the city is available for free help with these applications. Find one in your neighborhood here.

Nursing Homes

Nursing facilities that require testing assistance may submit requests to [email protected].


Homeless facilities requiring testing assistance may submit requests to [email protected]

The City and it's shelter partners are expanding shelter in order to adhere to CDC standards, allowing for isolation of symptomatic people. If you or someone you know is experiencing homelessness, please contact Detroit's Coordinated Assessment Model (CAM) for shelter placement. CAM will first attempt to divert the household to another safe housing location, such as with friends or family. If CAM is not able to find another safe housing location for the household, they will direct them to a shelter. Prior to receiving a bed, shelter staff will take the household's temperature. If any member of the household has a fever or any other symptoms of COVID-19, staff will call for transport so the household can stay in another shelter location where they will be able to isolate from other shelter guests.  Please see information provided for CAM contact information. 


CAM information

Individuals typically have to go in person to see CAM but due to COVID-19, CAM has closed all in person locations. CAM hours: Monday – Friday 9am – 6pm; Saturday 10am – 3pm and Sunday closed. If you are in need of shelter, please call CAM at (313) 305-0311.

If you are a veteran, the Veteran Access Points will remain open for in-person visits.


Veteran Access Points Healthcare for Homeless Veterans (HCHV)
4646 John R.
8:00am-8:00pm (S-S)


Veteran Comm. Resource & Referral Center (VCRRC)
301 Piquette St.
8:00am-2:00pm (M-F)


Medical teams visit homeless shelters to check for COVID-19 symptoms
The City is working closely with the 31 shelter providers in the city to ensure they have necessary personal protective equipment.  It also has set up a 125-bed facility in partnership with the Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries where homeless individuals at shelters who are exhibiting symptoms of illness can be taken and screened.  Each individual will have his or her own private room so they will not be exposed to others.  After being examined by medical staff, it will be determined on a case-by-case basis if each individual needs to be taken to the hospital, held for further observation or is well enough to return to the shelter.


List of Homeless Shelters in Detroit

  • Alternatives for Girls
    903 W Grand Blvd, (313) 361-4000
  • Cass Community Social Services
    11745 Rosa Parks Blvd, (313) 883-2277
  • COTS
    26 Peterboro St, (313) 831-3777
  • Covenant House Michigan
    2959 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, (313) 463-2000
  • Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries, (313) 993-4700
    150 Stimson Stree
    3840 Fairview
    12900 W. Chicago
    3535 Third St.
  • Freedom House
    1777 N Rademacher St, (313) 964-4320
  • Love Outreach
    17646 Greenview Ave, (313) 371-9100
  • Mariners Inn
    445 Ledyard St, (313) 962-9446
  • Michigan Veterans Foundation
    4626 Grand River Ave, (313) 831-5500
  • NSO, (313) 883-7246
  • Operation Get Down
    6821 Medbury St, (313) 925-4100
  • St. John
    14320 Kercheval, (313) 823-8323
  • The Salvation Army
    3737 Humboldt, (313) 361-6136
  • YWCA, (313) 259-9922


Free rapid testing for restaurant and bar employees

Detroit restaurant and bar employees may schedule an appointment for a free COVID-19 rapid test at the Detroit Health Department, 100 Mack Ave. To schedule an appointment call (313) 230-0505. Testing may be conducted every two weeks.

The test takes about 30 minutes, with results in 15 minutes. Employees who test negative will receive a sticker to display at their work place. Individuals who test positive will be asked to self-quarantine for 14-days. You will also be asked for a list of those you may have been in close contacts so they too may be consulted and protected from COVID-19.


City of Detroit
The City of Detroit created a hub for all the resources and information your business needs during the COVID-19 crisis.


Detroit Means Business
The City and other regional partners have come together to provide businesses guidance and recommendations for safely reopening their businesses and navigating the COVID-19 crisis moving forward.

Wayne Metro CARES Assistance

Wayne Metro understands that Detroiters are facing unprecedented challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In an effort to respond to the immediate needs of Detroit residents, Wayne Metro is implementing the CARES Relief & Recovery Services. Through this new initiative, residents of Detroit may qualify for assistance in the following areas; Food and Income Support, Water and Energy Assistance, Rent and Mortgage Assistance, Property Tax Assistance, Emergency Home Repair and Funeral Services for qualifying residents.

How to Access CARES Funds
Access the Wayne Metro CARES Relief & Recovery Services visit here or call the Wayne Metro CONNECT Center at (313) 388-9799. The CONNECT Center hours are Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m., and Saturdays 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.

Who Qualifies?

  • 200% of Poverty
  • Layoff, Decrease in Hours, Recipient of Unemployment
  • Child in Head Start or have a child receiving free or reduced lunch
  • Receipt of benefits through the Michigan Department of Health and Human Service (MDHHS)
  • Benefits to include but not limited to: SNAP, TANF, SDA, Medicaid and childcare benefits
  • Current enrollee in other assistance programs (Ex. WRAP, MEAP, HUD programs) that currently have income guideline restrictions
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Michigan Humane Society’s Pet Pantry program offers temporary, emergency pet food assistance for cats and dogs. Program hours are 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays located at 6175 Trumbull Ave, Detroit MI 48208. The Pet Pantry is operating via contactless, curb-side pick-up. No appointment needed. If you have questions, please contact (313) 324-8735.