Best Practices in Supportive Housing & Homelessness Prevention

Michigan’s Corporation for Supportive Housing defines supportive housing as permanent, affordable housing linked to a range of comprehensive support services for a person experiencing persistent homelessness, chronic mental health, substance abuse, or other chronic health challenges.

The essential features of supportive housing are:

–          It is permanent.

–          Services are voluntary and tenants choose as much or as little service as they desire.

–          Persons have all the rights and obligations of tenants in market housing.

CEDAM members are innovating in supportive housing and homelessness prevention.

In Detroit, Southwest Housing Solutions provides a supportive housing program designed to break the cycle of homelessness that individuals face when they have a history of illness or addiction. Following a philosophy of wellness and recovery, Southwest Solutions offers counseling and treatment to individuals living in supportive housing.

Detroit’s Neighborhood Service Organization offers supportive housing and 24/7 assistance to ill and handicapped homeless individuals.

NCCS Center for Nonprofit Housing addresses the unique needs of the rural homeless population in Newaygo County through the Rural Homeless Housing Initiative.

The Michigan Coalition Against Homelessness provides statewide resources for homelessness prevention.

The Shelter of Flint offers GED preparation training, financial counseling, and other personal development opportunities for their program participants.

In addition to providing affordable, accessible supportive housing, Liberty Hill Housing Corporation also ensures homes are energy-efficient.

Foundation for Mental Health specializes in supportive housing for people with mental illness.

Genesis Nonprofit Housing Corporation couples its supportive housing apartments with community gardens.

Avalon Housing in Ann Arbor partners with Catholic Social Services to offer on-site individualized supportive services for tenants living with challenges like mental illness, physical disabilities or chronic health problems and substance abuse.

Community Housing Network has a new Rapid Re-Housing Program in Oakland and Macomb counties. The focus of this program is to provide housing stabilization through temporary financial assistance and/or services.