Supportive Housing / Housing Resource Center
Housing Transition Programs
We offer many programs to house homeless individuals and families, depending on their particular situation and eligibility. Our Housing First approach is based on our firm belief that everyone has the right to safe, decent and affordable housing; and that securing housing for the homeless person enables him or her to effectively respond to treatment of mental illness and substance abuse issues that are often the root causes of homelessness. We work to secure the documents and assistance for those in need to become eligible for our housing programs.



  • Project for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness (PATH) is the point of entry for Supportive Housing. Through outreach efforts, PATH caseworkers identify homeless persons with severe and persistent mental illness and link them to community-based services. PATH helps clients access benefit resources through the SOAR process. It also provides services to address the mental health, medical and housing needs of clients. From PATH, clients are transitioned to other programs at the HRC, based on their assessed needs. Through these programs, clients can access support services and/or rental assistance. 
  • Assessment is based on the integrated dual disorder treatment model (IDDT), an evidence-based practice that focuses on integrating mental health and substance-use treatment to be sure that all presenting needs are met at the same time. Clients served by PATH are provided ongoing supportive services by the staff of the Housing Resource Center. Case management helps individuals obtain entitlements, learn the life skills necessary to maintain housing, and coordinate personal needs related to mental and physical health and substance-abuse treatment.
  • Homeless Assertive Community Treatment (HACT) provides intensive services to individuals who have recently exited homelessness and are dealing with mental health and co-occurring disorders. Multidisciplinary teams work with clients in their homes and in the community. Teams consist of social workers, peer support specialists, psychiatric nurses and substance abuse counselors.
  • Less intensive case management services are also available. Service intensity varies based on assessment and the client’s person-centered plan that is tailored to the particular needs, strengths and goals of the individual.
  • The Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program (HPRP) provides temporary financial assistance for low-income families and individuals at risk of becoming homeless or who have become homeless, but who stand a good chance of sustaining stable housing in rental units. The Housing Resource Center serves as the centralized intake office in Detroit to process applications for HPRP funds.
  • Piquette Square provides housing and supportive services to homeless veterans to allow them to reintegrate into their community. This 150-unit apartment building is located in Detroit’s New Center area and is a collaboration between Southwest Housing and Southwest Counseling Solutions.
  • Developmentally Disabled Housing Assistance (DDHA) helps persons with developmental disabilities and their families find affordable, accessible and permanent housing. The program is designed to place people in home settings where they can live more independently. Priority is given to those who are homeless.
  • Youth in Transition (YIT) provides housing and services to youth who have aged-out of the foster care system.

Our Housing Resource Center is at 1600 Porter St., Detroit, 48216. Contact us at 313.963.6601 or email us.



  • Helped 1101 chronically homeless persons and families obtain housing in past eight years, including 127 in 2013
  • 94% of those helped into housing have remained in permanent housing for more than six months
  • Provided outreach to 810 homeless individuals and families in 2013
  • Provided support services to 269 formerly homeless veterans at Piquette Square
  • 92% of the Piquette veterans report they are “significantly better off” since they moved in; half have participated in a job readiness program; one-fifth obtained employment; 20 enrolled in school to pursue a degree
  • Continued to provide support to 280 formerly homeless individuals and families
  • Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program served 736 individuals; provided rapid rehousing services to 489 and homelessness prevention services to 247; one-third of the veterans helped by SSVF are veterans who have returned from the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts; 94% of those served have a household income below 30% of Area Median Income (AMI)
  • National award for “Excellence in Innovation” in 2009 from National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare
  • 93% success rate in housing homeless individuals with mental illness or addiction ⎯ the highest success rate among 500 programs in the nation (2009 statistic)

We help people of all backgrounds, including veterans, youth and families. All our supportive housing staff are trained in our guiding philosophy of recovery and wellness, person-centered treatment planning, and community inclusion of those we serve.

We take a Housing First approach. We believe it is imperative to first provide housing to the homeless person, and then offer the mental health counseling and substance abuse treatment that the person needs to pull his or her life together and reintegrate into society. Almost all of these individuals receive supportive services within three months of being housed, and these services are geared to the particular needs of the individual. Each individual also creates a personal plan to attain several key goals. Within a year, 90% of those we serve in our supportive housing program reach at least one of their life-changing aims.

One third of our staff are peer specialists who know firsthand the experience of homelessness and recovery from serious mental illness and substance abuse. We have more than 20 peer specialists who are in a unique position to assist and encourage the homeless persons who enter our programs. 

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