“Piquette Square saved my life, but art saved my soul,” says Derrick Westbrook, a formerly homeless veteran who resides at our Piquette Square and who…
Piquette Square is a 150-unit apartment project in Detroit to house and care for homeless veterans. Piquette Square offers comprehensive support services to help the veterans develop self-sufficiency and reintegrate into the community. Southwest Solutions developed Piquette Square and owns and manages it.
The Piquette Square project is situated on the same ground where the historic Studebaker factory near New Center was destroyed by fire in 2005. The new four-story brick building, at 6221 Brush, consists of 150 affordable one-bedroom units, as well as 11,000 square feet of common area and commercial space. The first tenants moved into Piquette in June 2010.
Piquette Square offers mental health counseling, substance abuse treatment, on-site job training, computer labs, educational programs and other support services to help the veterans develop healthy and independent living skills. Southwest Solutions is partnering with numerous human services providers, government agencies and veterans’ groups to provide access to these services. Piquette Square expands Southwest Solutions’ commitment to place homeless veterans in permanent supportive housing, an evidence-based and proven recovery model.
Piquette fosters a welcoming and dynamic environment. A calendar of regular classes, special events, and social programs engages tenants. These activities are facilitated by Southwest staff, partner program staff, interns and volunteers.
For apartment application information, please email Terri Lopez or call her at 313.297.1325.
Our major donation need at Piquette is financial assistance to sustain the support services provided to the veterans residing there. These comprehensive services help veterans rebuild their lives and reintegrate into the community. To learn how can help ensure that these services continue, please email Bob O’Brien or call him at 313.297.1370. You may also make an online donation. In the online donation form, please specify in the Comments section that your donation is for “Piquette Square support services.”
Piquette Square has become a magnet for volunteers wanting to help veterans in need. To inquire about volunteer opportunities at Piquette Square, please contact Chery Allen at 313.297.1377 or email.
The Veterans Park at Piquette Square is certainly a special and significant place. It not only serves the interests of those who have served, it is designed as a community space that contributes to the rebirth of a Detroit neighborhood that was once the cradle of the auto industry. The mission of the Park is to help veterans improve health and fitness and to provide a gathering place where veterans, their families and the community can connect.
Masco provided $100,000 for overall naming rights to the Park. Many organizations have contributed to create Veterans Park. MSHDA, Wayne County, and NeighborhoodWorks provided a total of $150,000 for environmental cleanup. Funds from donors have been raised through “Naming Opportunities.”
Other naming rights are still available. For more information about these opportunities to help build the Park, please contact Linda Irvine at 313.297.1376 or via email.
We thank all of our donors for their generosity to make the Park a reality. We also thank the Veterans Park at Piquette Square Committee for its vision and commitment:
Half have participated in a job readiness program; one-fifth obtained employment; 20 are enrolled in school to pursue a degree
Piquette Square is located at 6221 Brush Street, Detroit, MI 48202. The office number there is 313.874.7014.