Human Relations & Community Services

Upcoming HRCS events and offerings!

State MDHHS COVID-19 Vaccine Webinar Series

The State of Michigan is hosting a series of virtual town hall meetings about the COVID-19 vaccine through Facebook Live on the MDHHS Facebook page. On Thursday, residents will have the opportunity to hear about the safety, efficacy, and importance of the COVID-19 vaccine for safely opening Michigan.

New Grant Opportunity

The HRCS Department is now accepting applications for Human Services grants for 2021-2022. Please visit our funding administration page for more information. An updated Conflict of Interest form for applicants was posted on 2/3/2021.

COVID-19 Related Housing Resources

Are You Facing Eviction? Are you a landlord trying to work with tenants that have been hit hard because of the coronavirus pandemic?
The State of Michigan has a COVID-19 program to help. The Eviction Diversion Program has been established to keep you housed and provide relief to your landlord. Here are some links to help you navigate this process:

The Human Relations and Community Services Department pursues City Charter and Ordinance mandates to address human services needs in the Lansing area and help cultivate a community climate of diversity, equity and nondiscrimination. Pursuant to these mandates, the Department performs numerous functions that seek to improve the quality of life for all Lansing citizens.

Department's Focus

The Department's Human Services focus includes assessing community needs, developing grant proposals and related programs based on identified needs, providing support for local nonprofit service providers through funding agreements, monitoring City-funded programs and providing technical assistance to agency funding recipients.

Human Relations activities include neighborhood dispute mediation, investigation of citizen complaints against police personnel, enforcing Davis Bacon Prevailing Wage laws (local and federal), monitoring City government EEO compliance, and participation in community groups addressing a wide range of social equity concerns.

Department Responsibilities

The Department also provides leadership in broad-based community initiatives such as resolution of homelessness, organizing health care access for uninsured residents, infant mortality prevention, juvenile delinquency and drug abuse prevention, and refugee resettlement. A complete, detailed description of departmental functions and related information can be accessed through the subject links found on this page.