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Emergency Needs Program

During these uncertain times and financial hardships, Novi Youth Assistance wants you to know we are here to help!
Every youth 17 and under, who lives in the city of Novi or attends school in the Novi school district whose family is low-income, qualifies for a $150 emergency needs grant once per fiscal year.
If you are requesting help for rent, utilities or other bills, please include the bill and payment information with your application. Many bills can be paid electronically. If you are applying for food, gas or clothing assistance, we will provide a gift card. NYA will not write checks to individuals.
Please fill out a separate application for each child.  It will be quickest to scan applications to both and If you cannot scan applications, you can mail them to the Novi Civic Center located at 45175 W. Ten Mile Road, Novi, MI 48375 or use the drop box located outside the Novi Civic Center building.
Emergency needs requests will be forwarded from the NYA office to a committee, who will then vote on the need requested. All requests made will remain confidential.
Please call 248-347-0410 with any questions. We will do our best to be swift with all requests for assistance.

Emergency Needs Grant Policy
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Emergency Needs Grant Application


The health and safety of our families, volunteers, community, and employees are our highest priority. During this time, the Novi Youth Assistance office will be physically closed, and our community events will be suspended. However, our caseworker, Lisa Shields, is available remotely, and will continue to provide prevention resources and services. You’re welcome to contact her directly at 248-766-2103 or email at

The Oakland County Health Division (OCHD) has released various toolkits to help community sectors prepare for and prevent the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in our communities. Toolkits and prevention resources are available at for the public, healthcare providers, businesses, schools, childcare centers, faith-based organizations, senior centers, food service workers and first responders.

To access information for parents and caregivers on how to talk with children and teens about infectious disease outbreaks in your community, & click here. For information on how to manage anxiety and take care of your mental health during this confusing and difficult time,

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We Can Help

If you know of a family or a student in need of help, they can be referred to Lisa Shields, or Maria Castrodale, at Novi Youth Assistance.

Please email the Referral Form to the NYA secretary, Maria, or Lisa directly. We are working remotely and any faxes will not reach us.

Click here for more information regarding our services.

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