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Housing Counseling & Homeless Services


​​​​​​​Call to speak ​with an advisor:  248-858-5402
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Certified advisors offer F​REE housing information, education and referrals in a confidential setting.

April is Fair Housing Month

In Oakland County, fair housing laws guarantee all citizens equal opportunity in secure housing of their choice regardless of race, color, sex, national origin, age, marital status, religion, disability or family status. Laws apply to the sale, rental, financing and advertising of housing nationwide. The Oakland County Community & Home Improvement Division can assist residents in cases of suspected housing discrimination. Inquiries may be directed to a housing counselor at (248) 858-1891.

Press Release – April is Fair Housing Month

Fair Housing Workshop

Build a better community with equal housing opportunities for all residents.

This workshop is a must for partners receiving funding through Oakland County Community Development Block Grant, HOME Investment Partnerships Program, Emergency Solutions Grants Program and Homeless Assistance Programs. Led by Steve Tomkowiak, executive director, Fair Housing Center of Metropolitan Detroit, the workshop covers:

  • Definition of fair housing and why it is important—beyond being in compliance with the law
  • Ways to make sure fair housing practices are happening in your community
  • Fair housing marketing outreach materials you can use
  • Information on filing a housing discrimination complaint with state and federal offices
  • How to meet with a certified housing counselor, at no charge
RSVP to: chambersd@oakgov.com | (248) 858-0493
Cost: Free | Advance Registration is Requested by April 29


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Preventing Mortgage or Property Tax Foreclosure

Understand your options if you're having trouble paying your mortgage or property tax.

Reverse Mortgages for those Aged 62 or Older
Are you a good candidate for a reverse mortgage?

Home Buying Process
Learn everything involved in buying a home.

Tenant Rights and Responsibilities
Find out about security deposits, leases, maintenance and affordability.

Credit and Budget Issues
Advice and coaching on financial matters. 

Home Repairs, Subsidized Housing and Rental Assistance for Low to Moderate Income Households
Are you eligible for programs that can help with needed house repairs, increased accessibility or making housing more affordable.

Housing Discrimination
File a complaint if you feel discriminated against when seeking housing financing or looking for a home or rental property.

Preventing Homelessness
Get referrals to agencies for help with rent, utilities, and security deposits.

Emergency Housing Support

Oakland County housing counselors can provide referrals to various agencies for short-term help to prevent homelessness. Or Oakland County housing counselors can quickly rehouse individuals through the Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) program.  

Financial assistance is available to help pay rent, utilities and moving expenses as well as security and utility deposits.  Housing relocation and stabilization services include case management, outreach and engagement and housing search and placement.

Support is given to area homeless shelter providers for operations, maintenance and essential services. ESG funded emergency shelters in Oakland County served more than 1,000 homeless adults and children last year.


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​Housing Counseling Spanish Brochure
Housing Counseling Brochure - Spanish
Equal Housing Opportunity logo                          Approved agency of the U.S. Department of Housing and
                          Urban Development and Michigan State Housing Development Authority. 
                          Funded by U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.​​