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Financial Stability

Livingston County is a strong community with thousands of working families, including 20%* who are living on a paycheck-to-paycheck treadmill. In addition seven percent of residents meet the federal poverty definition. Livingston County United Way works collaboratively with local initiatives to break down barriers and give people a better shot at a good life.

Our work focuses on financial stability initiatives that move families from:

  • Crisis-management to solid ground
  • Housing and food insecurity to safety and health
  • Uncertainty to a better quality of life through education, assistance and empowerment.

*based on 2014 Census data.

Empowering Families (2016 Highlights)


Eviction Diversion Program

We brought legal and one-time rent assistance to the 53rd District Court enabling 133 families to stay in their homes, reducing court costs, protecting credit histories, and helping individuals to understand their rights and responsibilities as tenants. Learn more.  – Homeless Continuum of Care Committee

My Free Taxes

Last tax season, 99 working families got back over $215,000 in tax refunds and Earned Income Tax Credits with this free, online, self-preparation and tax-filing program. – United Way Program

Education Project for Homeless Youth

In 2016, 33 homeless youth were able to participate in field trips, athletic programs, and leadership programs. Investments also covered graduation costs, tutors, and other necessities for a successful education and graduation. – Homeless Continuum of Care Committee

Leveraged Foundation Funds  NEW

Our support, a collaborative environment, countywide focus, and the commitment of coalition partners attracted a $145,000 Healthy Food Connect Grant from the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan. The grant supports expansion of food and nutrition initiatives to reach all corners of the county. – Liv. Co. Hunger Council

My Smart Money  NEW

This free, online resource helps people on the path to financial security with tips and planning tools for life’s milestones. – United Way Program

Save the Date: Community Connect 2018

The 11th Annual Community Connect provides a one-stop-shop for social services, legal and utility assistance/information, health screenings, free clothing, books, food, personal care items and more. Open to anyone in Livingston County. Located at Parker Middle School. Hosted by the Homeless Continuum of Care Committee. Click here to download the event flyer.

Livingston County United Way sponsors, coordinates volunteers, and helps to organize this event. Questions? Contact dgehringer@lcunitedway.org.

To donate services, items, or for event information, contact arennie@cmhliv.org.

Financial Stability Community Investments

Download 2017-2018 List

Livingston County Fact Sheets