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Community Scholarship Fund

The Southwest Solutions Community Scholarship Fund provides college financial assistance to students from southwest Detroit. The value of the scholarship is up to $10,000 for four years of college. The deadline to apply is April 30.

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Parent Support Partners help recovery-based counseling Veterans Park inauguration on May 21 GM Gala for Piquette Square on May 9 Knight Foundation capacity-building grant to Southwest Solutions ProsperUS and MCR partner to help entrepreneurs Dinosaur family fun event at our ELC Southwest Solutions earns Green Organization designation Deconstruction opportunities in Detroit (Freep op-ed)

New adult literacy program brightens prospects ProsperUS annual convening video Community Schools gather partners and momentum Piquette Square Honor Guard in Macomb Daily Job fair with Black Ties Staffing nets 60 jobs Donors brighten holidays for families in need ELLP: Helping families learn together
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Excellence and Efficiency

- Seth Lloyd, Chairman of the Southwest Solutions' Board
  “Southwest Solutions has earned a national reputation as a leading provider of human services and as a model of community and economic development. We are also known for our cutting-edge and strategic thinking. In 2005, we were named “Best Managed Nonprofit” by Crain’s Detroit. We are committed to excellence, innovation and efficiency in every aspect of our organization and programs.”
Southwest Solutions
  • Innovative
  • Caring
  • Resourceful
  • Well-managed
  • Fiscally sound
  • Committed to excellence


Southwest Solutions is nationally recognized as a model of community building. We are a leading provider of both human services and affordable housing and economic development. Our goal is to improve the health and wellbeing of individuals and families, while making southwest Detroit a place where people choose to live because of its vitality and diversity. We help those who were at the margins of society turn the page and write new chapters of resilience and purpose.

Our programs are wide-ranging and work in concert to create a full system of support that promotes recovery and improves quality of life. We serve people of all ages and backgrounds. And, when we cannot accomplish a project or program on our own, we collaborate with other agencies to address identified needs and build effective partnerships.

The structure of Southwest Solutions has four parts, each a 501(c)(3): Counseling, Housing, Economic Solutions, and Administration. The programs that we provide are generally organized under Counseling, Housing or Economic Solutions, although, quite often, all four parts of Southwest Solutions come into play in a program’s operation. 

Southwest Counseling Solutions is divided into four major program areas or Centers of Excellence: Adult Counseling Services; Early Childhood & Family Literacy; Children, Youth and Families; and Supportive Housing. Each Center of Excellence offers many different programs and services.  

Southwest Housing Solutions is divided into two major program areas: Housing and Real Estate Development and Property Management.

Southwest Economic Solutions encompasses a broad range of programs and services that provide opportunities for individuals and families to achieve greater economic success.

The Administrative Services Organization (ASO) of Southwest Solutions includes our financial operations, Human Resources, and Fund Development and Public Affairs. Our Community Organizing initiative is also part of our ASO.


To see news articles and photo essays about our programs, please visit the News page for the particular program by following these links:


This video features Freddie Harris, a talented artist who was homeless for a dozen years before receiving housing and counseling services with us. To see additional videos, please visit out YouTube channel.