Homelessness Solutions

Community Action Alger-Marquette is the Housing Assessment and Resource Agency (HARA) for the following counties in the U.P.


Baraga Luce (SSVF only)
Chippewa (SSVF only) Mackinac (SSVF only)
Delta Marquette
Dickinson Menominee
Gogebic (SSVF only) Ontonagon (SSVF only)
Houghton Schoolcraft

For a list of Low-Income/Affordable Housing Properties in the U.P., Click Here

Emergency Solutions Grant

The Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG), funded by MSHDA, is a program that provides funding for people who are either literally homeless (ie. living on the streets, in a car, in a shelter or a safe haven) or could become homeless due to an imminent pending eviction. Those with an income of 0-30% of the Area Median Income for where they live may potentially qualify for our Rapid-Rehousing or Prevention services. These services may include case management, an emergency hotel voucher, help with a security deposit and/or short-term rental assistance, and help with past due rent, all of which would possibly prevent the client from becoming literally homeless. Please call 1-800-562-9762 Ext. 207 to do an assessment, or visit our Helpful Links page for more resources.

MSHDA Housing Choice Voucher

MSHDA Housing Choice Vouchers (HCV) are made available by the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development and local Public Housing Authority to provide rental subsidies to very low-income families, elderly and disabled people. Their income must be under 50% of the Area Median Income for the location they are planning to live. Those who receive a voucher are then able to look for housing wherever a MSHDA voucher is accepted. To see if the HCV Waitlist is open in your county click here. To apply for an HCV, click here. If you are homeless, please call 1-800-562-9762 Ext. 207 to do an assessment over the phone BEFORE applying for a MSHDA voucher online.

Supportive Services for Veteran Families

The Supportive Services for Veterans Families (SSVF) is a Rapid Re-Housing and Homelessness Prevention program serving active duty military Veterans and their families who are below 50% of the Area Median Income and are either homeless, or at-risk of becoming homeless. The services provided could include case management, an emergency hotel voucher, help with a security deposit and/or short-term rental assistance, outreach, and helping Veterans obtain other benefits that would prevent them from becoming homeless such as health care services, transportation services and assistance with overdue utilities. Please call 1-800-562-9762 Ext. 207 to do an assessment, or visit our Helpful Links page for more resources.

Family Self Sufficiency

The Family Self Sufficiency (FSS) program is available for our clients who are in Alger, Marquette, Houghton and Keweenaw Counties who have a MSHDA HCV or PBV housing subsidy. For those enrolled in the program, when a participant’s rent is increased due to earned income, the increase they pay in rent will be put into an escrow account. Once the tenant completes the 5-year program, they will receive their escrow money and be able to put it towards a down payment on a house, pay off debt, use it towards educational expenses, purchase a vehicle or spend it however they wish to. CAAM has two FSS Resource Coordinators who work with eligible participants. The FSS program is a voluntary program that encourages HCV participants to be economically independent and self-sufficient. The participant must comply with the FSS Contract of Participation, seek and maintain suitable employment, develop and achieve personal goals, attend a Financial Capability Management class or complete an online session, meet in person with their FSS Resource Coordinator twice per year and be in contact by phone or email twice per year. To graduate from the program, the participant must be employed the last 12 months of the contract, no household member can be receiving TANF during the last 12 months of service and they will have met their goals and received a certificate from the Financial Management course. The Resource Coordinator can assist with helping to improve or gain employment, develop a family budget, increase education by obtaining a GED, vocational training or college credit. For more information, please call Eleanore at 906-225-5484 or Stephanie at 1-800-562-9762 Ext. 351.

Heating & Utility Assistance

Community Action Alger-Marquette periodically receives funding for emergency heating and utility assistance for those individuals or families who have past due bills or may be in danger of running out of fuel. A call to our intake specialist can help determine if you are eligible and if funding is currently available.

Deliverable Fuel
  • Assists with payment of deliverable fuel such as propane, fuel oil, wood, wood pellets, etc.
  • If applicable, fuel tank must be at or below 25% in order to qualify.
  • Household's gross income must be below 150% of the 2017 Federal Poverty Guidelines.
  • Will need to provide proof of gross income and identification.
  • Program designed to help get clients out of crisis for the next 30 days.
  • Not intended to pay off arrearages.
Metered Utilities
  • Assists with payment for metered heat and electric.
  • Bills must be past due.
  • Household's gross income must be below 150% of the 2017 Federal Poverty Guidelines.
  • Will need to provide proof of gross income and identification.
  • Program designed to help get clients out of crisis for the next 30 days.

Eligibility: 2017 Federal Poverty Guidelines

Family Size

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Add $522.00 for any additional family member.

Please call 1-800-562-9762 Ext. 206 for more information.

Weatherization Assistance Program

The Weatherization Assistance Program has been funded primarily by the Federal Department of Energy since 1979. Additional funding is also provided by the Federal Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. Low-income homeowners and renters are provided services such as weather-stripping, caulking, and insulation of attics, walls and crawl spaces. The goal of the Weatherization Assistance Program is to lower energy costs to the individual thereby freeing up precious income that can be applied toward another living expense or to make paying the high energy bills more attainable through energy efficiency measures.

A great deal of technology is involved with testing the homes and developing a “game plan” under this program. An extensive energy audit is performed on each home along with a “Blower Door Test,” which indicates the number of air changes per hour in a given dwelling. A house that is too tight can cause indoor air quality problems, and may result in respiratory ailments; while a house that is not tight enough will allow too much cold air infiltration. We examine and test the efficiency of the heating units in a home, and also test for the amount of carbon monoxide in the ambient air of the home. A compilation of all of these tests then determines what weatherization measures will be installed in a home, based upon the savings to investment ratio.

Eligibility for this program is based on the gross income of all household members. Written verification of income and home ownership or rental status is required. Please call 1-800-562-9762 for more information.

***Please note – This is not an emergency home repair program.***

Home Repairs

Alger County Home Rehabilitation Program

On behalf of Alger County, CAAM administers the Alger County Home Rehabilitation Program. This program is available only to homeowners who reside in Alger County. Eligible improvements are limited to emergency home repairs that pose a serious and immediate threat to the health or welfare of the household and/or community, the existing conditions are of recent origin or recently became urgent (generally within the last 18 months), repairs do not disrupt any lead paint on the property, the recipient is unable to finance the activity on his/her own, and other sources of funding are not available. Eligible repairs may include:

  • Furnace or water heater repair or replacement
  • Septic system or well repair or replacement
  • Roof repair or replacement
  • Other necessary emergency repairs upon approval

Ineligible improvements are:

  • New garages
  • Outbuilding improvements or construction
  • Screened porches, decks or patios
  • Air conditioning, unless prior written proof or medical necessity is provided to MSHDA.

All work done is performed by local licensed private contractors.

Eligibility for the CDBG Home Rehab Program is based upon gross household income and the number of occupants in the home. Written verification of income, homeownership and home insurance is required. Once the work is done on a home, a lien will be placed on the home for the cost of the job. Please call 1-800-562-9762 Ext. 222 for more information.

If you are interested in applying, please fill out our Pre-Qualification Form and email it to knelson@communityactionam.org, or mail it to the CAAM, CDBG Program, 1125 Commerce Drive, Marquette, MI 49855.

For a list of other home repair programs in Alger and Marquette Counties, click the county below:

Marquette County

Alger County

Affordable Housing

Grandview Marquette

The former Holy Family Orphanage, has been rehabilitated into The Grandview Marquette and opened its doors in December 2017. Constructed in 1915, the building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The new residences offer working families 56 units of affordable rental housing that is easily walkable to the conveniences, amenities and opportunities in central Marquette. Fourteen units are supportive housing units for formerly homeless persons and families in need of some level of support. Grandview Marquette is a secure facility with a full-time on-site manager. It is fully ADA-compliant and accessible.

  • One, Two and Three bedroom Units
  • Laundry included in the three bedroom apartments.
  • Shared laundry rooms on each floor.
  • Heating and Cooling System
  • Tenants will be responsible for Electric, Cable and Internet
  • No Smoking
  • One Elevator
  • Numerous Security Cameras
  • On-site housing supports
  • On the MarqTran bus route
  • Accepts MSHDA Housing Choice Vouchers

Applicants must meet current income qualifications with an annual household income less than:

30% AMI

40% AMI

50% AMI

60% AMI

1 Person





2 Person





3 Person





4 Person





The following is the price of rent per unit type as of May 2018:

30% AMI

40% AMI

50% AMI

60% AMI

1 Bdrm





2 Bdrm





3 Bdrm





Please call 1-800-562-9762 Ext. 110 for more information!

Lost Creek

CAAM partnered with Trilogy Development Company, a for profit developer from Kalamazoo, Michigan, to build two affordable housing developments in Marquette County starting in 1997. The first development was the Lost Creek Apartments and Town Homes, which is a senior housing development for ages 55 years or older, located in Marquette Township on County Road 492 behind Culvers and Goodwill off of US-41. Lost Creek is a 151-unit development for seniors. Rental rates are based on income for 90 of the units, while the other 60 units have no income qualifiers and rents are based on the current market. Lost Creek offers residents an attractive senior community in a rural, wooded setting and that includes amenities such as libraries, comfortable lounge areas and a walking trail around the property. It also includes a 7,000 sq. ft. community building which houses an CAAM Community Nutrition Congregate Dining Site for seniors and a commercial meal preparation kitchen for Home Delivered Meals (Meals on Wheels) to the surrounding area. In 2000, CAAM received the prestigious “Peterson Award” for the best supportive housing provider in Michigan for Lost Creek.

  • One and two bedroom apartments and townhome units, and one three bedroom townhome
  • Washer and dryer included in each unit
  • Heating and Cooling Systems
  • Tenants are responsible for Electric, Heat, Cable and Internet
  • No Smoking
  • One Elevator in each apartment building
  • One the MarqTran bus route
  • Accepts MSHDA Housing Choice Vouchers

Applicants must meet current income qualifications with an annual household income less than:

50% AMI

60% AMI

Over 60% AMI

1 Person



Market Rate Unit

2 Person



3 Person



4 Person



The following is the price of rent per unit type as of May 2018:

50% AMI

60% AMI

Market Rate

1 Bdrm Apt




2 Bdrm Apt




1 Bdrm TH




2 Bdrm TH




3 Bdrm TH




Please call 1-800-562-9762 Ext. 151 for more information!

The Preserve at Orianna Ridge

The Preserve at Orianna Ridge is the second development in CAAM’s portfolio. It is an 80 unit affordable family development located in the City of Marquette on Pioneer Road. It is a mix of 1 and 2 story apartments and town homes. All rents are based on household income. Twenty of the units were constructed and are set-aside for residents with special needs. A collaboration with other service providers in the area allows these individuals with developmental disabilities the opportunity to live independently and also receive assistance with their day-to-day living needs. The Preserve at Orianna Ridge won an honorable mention in the 2005 national award program sponsored by the Affordable Housing Tax Credit Coalition. Please call 906-225-4075 for more information!

Snowberry Heights Senior Housing

This most recent addition to CAAM’s affordable housing real estate portfolio is Snowberry Heights, located in the City of Marquette. It is an eleven story 191-unit development for low-income elderly persons. It is a mix of 1 and 2 bedroom apartments and has amenities such as laundry facilities, community room, hair salon and air conditioning in each unit. All rents are based on income and all of the apartments carry a H.U.D. Section 8 Project Based Housing Voucher. CAAM joined with its newest partner, Millennia Housing, Inc., a for profit developer from Valley View, Ohio to purchase Snowberry Heights in 2006 and by doing so, guarantees this complex to remain as affordable housing for 35 more years. For more information please call 906-228-4160!

CAAM does not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status, and disability.