We help hundreds of people each year find safe, decent and affordable housing. However, many of the people we serve encounter barriers that prevent them from getting a roof over head, and staying under that roof once they move into their new home.
There is very limited funding for expenses such as security deposits and obtaining proof of identity, both of which are required to sign a lease. Once participants move in, few have the essential items most of us take for granted that make a house a home. These include furniture; dishes, cookware, and utensils; small appliances; and personal care and cleaning products. Many people rely on the bus system as their primary means of transportation, and often don’t have bus fare.
This article in Bridge Magazine, “Poor in Michigan with no ID. ‘I am somebody. I just can’t prove it,'” explains the dilemma and trials of trying to secure a state ID and vital documents.
Our Critical Needs Fund helps fill the gaps that can’t be met through any other funding. 100% of the donations to this fund are used to provide for the unmet needs of the people we serve.