Emergency Hardship Program

Sometimes, unforeseen and unavoidable circumstances such as sudden illness, family crisis, or natural disaster can result in a traumatic or emergency financial crisis for a faculty or staff member. The Emergency Hardship Program was established for such times.

When our colleagues face sudden and significant hardships and are left without sufficient funds for rent, utilities or other immediate and essential expenses, the Emergency Hardship Program can provide resource recommendations and, in specific emergency cases, one-time funds up to a maximum of $800 to bridge the gap.

The Emergency Hardship Program began with a grant from the University of Michigan Credit Union and matching funds donated by faculty and staff. The program is currently supported with a generous donation from TCF Bank. Other donors include individual faculty and staff members, MHealthy Active U teams, the University of Michigan Skilled Trades Union, and others.

To date, there have been 175 emergency hardship grants awarded and the program has provided counseling and/or community resource information to more than 1,000 members of the university community.

For more Information, contact: (734) 936-8660.

"The Emergency Hardship Program is a simple way to make a meaningful difference to friends and colleagues when they need it most." - Laurita Thomas, Associate Vice President for Human Resources