This website allows social workers within the OCHN network to search for housing options for individuals receiving services through OCHN.
Per the most recent Campaign to End Homelessness annual report from Michigan State Housing Development Authority and Michigan Coalition Against Homelessness, there were 69,163 literally homeless individuals in Michigan in 2015. More than half of Michigan's homeless population is made up of families, and one in three people who are homeless is a child. People who are homeless come from all walks of life, and do not fit one description. Some of the reasons for homelessness include lack of affordable housing, inability to make a living wage, and health care crises. Additional factors include national and local economic crises, mental illness, domestic violence, lack of affordable health care and other factors.
Realizing that the circumstances of those facing homelessness is varied, the following sites provide CHN services, community services and articles to help you or a loved one access resources to overcome homelessness including temporary shelter, emergency housing funds and permanent supportive housing.
Our Housing Resource Center is a free service and the best first step for anyone in a housing crisis. Our trained specialists can help recommend options connecting callers to programs and resources to assist in resolving a housing crisis.
PATH provides outreach to people experiencing homelessness, or at the risk of becoming homeless, helping them to locate housing and connect with resources and supports.
We help people with disabilities who are homeless and their family members find affordable rental housing.
The PCP should be thought of as a living guide for the person served by Community Mental Health, developed by the individual with help from the supportive team that the individual identifies.
Vital documents are key in order to verify one’s identity and are essential to securing an ID, which allows a person to apply for employment, enter a lease agreement, apply for housing programs, link to benefits, and in some cases, access shelter.
A great challenge for social service agencies is determining the number of sheltered and unsheltered individuals who are homeless in a given area.
Housing barriers include, but are not limited to, low-income, lack of family or friends, substance abuse, criminal records, mental illness, foreclosure and past evictions.
In affordable housing, I see two camps: housing ready and housing first.
Finding good, clean, affordable housing is not easy, but it is essential.
Following the link below, you will find lists of subsidized apartments throughout the local community. Please note that some of the entries in this list are not true subsidized housing but are affordable and provided as additional options for consideration.
The organizations listed in the linked document provide resources to help with basic needs such as shelter, food and clothing.
These organizations will provide help if you or someone you know are suffering from domestic violence.
These organizations provide community mental health services.
These organizations provide services that can help young people who are either homeless or facing homelessness, including in a shelter.
These agencies can help you with clothing, winter coats, work clothes, and supplies for school children.
Emergency homeless shelters provide the first step in assisting those who are literally homeless. These trusted partners provide emergency shelter services.