Essential Services

Click here for Health Department updates  

Click here for information about the "Stay Home, Stay Safe" Executive Order

This page will be regularly updated as new information becomes available.

Childcare

  • Under the "Stay Home, Stay Safe" executive order, childcare providers are only open for essential works as defined by the executive order. To learn more, go to https://www.helpmegrow-mi.org/essential

Evictions

Health Insurance

  • Individuals in need of health insurance can contact Washtenaw Health Plan by phone to receive assistance applying for Medicaid and follow up to make sure they get the coverage they need
    • English: 734-544-6778
    • Spanish: 734-544-2949
    • Arabic: 734-544-9729
  • To learn more, go to https://www.healthcarecounts.org/

Internet

Medical

Transportation

  • Beginning March 18, TheRide is suspending the collection of fares on all fixed-routes and demand response services to limit passenger and driver interaction.
  • Due to lower demand for services, TheRide is reducing service levels beginning March 18. While our service is still running, we urge you to follow the directions of health officials and not travel unless absolutely necessary. 

  • Service on AirRide, direct service to Detroit Metro Airport from the Blake Transit Center has been suspended until further notice.  

  • The Ypsilanti Transit Center, Blake Transit Center and the AAATA (2700 S. Industrial Highway) front desk will be closed to the public beginning Wednesday, March 18. 

Unemployment

Utilities

Water:

  • City of Ann Arbor - Services have been restored to households with prior shutoffs. Water services will be maintained for households with delinquent payments.
  • Ypsilanti Community Utilities Authority – Services have been restored to households with prior shutoffs. Water services will be maintained for households with delinquent payments.
  • Ann Arbor Township – Services have been restored to households with prior shutoffs. Water services will be maintained for households with delinquent payments.
  • City of Dexter – Residents having difficulty paying their utility bills are strongly encouraged to contact the City of Dexter to make payment arrangements. They can do so by calling the City’s Utility Billing Clerk at 734-580-2232.
  • City of Chelsea – Information Pending
  • City of Milan  – The City will continue to bill and collect funds but aren’t enforcing due dates or adding penalties to late payments. These guidelines have been enforced from Friday, March 13th through the end of April. Residents of Milan also have the ability to set up payment plans with no interest during this time.
  • City of Saline – Residents having difficulty paying their utility bills are strongly encouraged to contact the City of Saline to make payment arrangements. They can do so by calling the City’s Utility Billing Clerk at 734-429-4907 ext. 2204 

Energy

  • DTE (Electric) - Shutoffs for non-payment for low-income eligible customers as well as for senior citizens have been suspended. For those in need of payment assistance due to loss of income or medical condition, contact 1-800-477-4747.
  • Consumers Energy (Gas) – Shutoffs for non-payment for low-income eligible customers as well as for senior citizens have been suspended. Contact 1-800-477-5050 with any questions.

School Food Distribution

  1. General Information
  2. Ann Arbor Public Schools
  3. Chelsea District Schools
  4. Dexter Community Schools
  5. Lincoln Consolidated Schools
  6. Manchester Community Schools
  7. Milan Area Schools
  8. Whitmore Lake Public Schools
  9. Ypsilanti Community Schools

Click the title of each school district to view information about their food distribution plans.

Information will be updated regularly as each school district continues to work out details. If you have questions or need to provide information on food allergies or other information, please contact your local school district directly.

Other Community Food Distribution

  • Click here to view Food Gatherer’s up to date list of pantry locations.
  • SOS has pantry days on Tuesday 1-6pm and Wednesday 9-1pm. Appointments are available by calling 734.484.9945 on Thursday and Friday prior to pantry day. Walk-ins will be accepted with limited pantry access. Emergency groceries are available as well.
  • Peace Neighborhood Center is hosting produce distribution on Fridays 10am-12pm at their main location (1111 N. Maple Rd, Ann Arbor).
  • Hope Clinic will be distributing hot meals to go in the evenings on Saturdays, Sundays, Mondays, and Thursdays. They will have emergency groceries available during operating hours.
  • Community Action Network’s Bryant Community Center Market (3. W. Eden Ct., Ann Arbor, MI 48108) is open to all Washtenaw County residents with newly updated hours:
    • Mon-Tues 10am-4pm | Wed-Thurs: 8:30am-4pm | Fri: 10-4pm
  • Faith in Action is providing curbside food service at both of their pantries. Call 734.475.3305 (Chelsea) or 734.426.7002 (Dexter) for before you arrive and to receive more information.