Southwest Housing Solutions
Piquette Square for Veterans
 
Piquette Square is a new 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 Housing Solutions developed Piquette Square and owns and manages it.

 


Services

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 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 Natail Ruiz or call her at  313.297.1373.

Piquette Square is located at 6221 Brush Street, Detroit, MI 48202. Paul McNeill is the property manager. Contact Paul at 313.874.7014 x.337 or email.


Donations

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."

 

Veterans Park at Piquette Square


The Veterans Park at Piquette Square will certainly be a special and significant place. It will not only serve 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. (See the design of 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.”

Masco provided $100,000 for overall naming rights to the Park. Other donors include:

  • General Motors’ Customer Care and Aftersales’ Veterans Affinity Group – two gifts of $25,000 each for the Park Entrance and the Flag Court, respectively
  • Quicken Loans – $60,000 for the Basketball Court
  • O'Brien Construction – $40,000 for the Garden Pavilion
  • Chase Bank – $25,000 for the Gazebo
  • Military Order of the Purple Heart – $25,000 for the Walking Path
  • Knight Foundation – $20,000
  • Home Depot – $23,800 for the Linear Garden
  • Comerica Bank – $12,000 for two Picnic Tables and two Benches
  • American Legion Auxiliary 17th District Association – $5,000 for the American Flag (one of eight flags in the Flag Court)

Other naming rights are still available. For more information about these opportunities to help build Veterans 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:

  • Melonie Colaianne (Chairperson of the Committee), President, Masco Corporation Foundation
  • Leslie Andrews, Director of Community Relations, Rock Ventures and Quicken Loans
  • Don Gore, President, General Motors Customer Care and Aftersales Veterans Affinity Group
  • Dennis Johnson, Senior Vice President, Comerica Bank
  • S. Gary Spicer, Sr., Attorney
  • Steve Pariseau, Park Architect, Shelter Design Studio
  • Tosha Tabron, Vice President of Global Philanthropy, JPMorgan Chase
  • Mark Keating, Construction Superintendent
  • John Van Camp, President, Southwest Solutions

 


  
   Results



  • 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 are enrolled in school to pursue a degree
  • The total project cost of about $23 million was financed through a combination of tax credits, bond funding, MSHDA chronic homeless funds, and various grants
  • Piquette Square more than doubles the number of long-term supportive housing beds available to homeless veterans in Michigan
  • The 3.28-acre facility is conveniently located about a mile and a half north of the VA Hospital and the Detroit Medical Center
  • The net square footage of the building is 106,000 sq. ft.
  • Piquette Square is not only an important development in addressing homelessness in the city, it contributes to the ongoing growth of the New Center area by adding additional housing units and 5,000 sq. ft. of streetfront commercial space along Piquette Avenue (the commerical space has been rented to the VA for its new Veterans Community Resource and Referral Center)
  • Piquette Square helps revitalize the historic Milwaukee Junction neighborhood, which was once known as the “Cradle of the Automotive Industry,” but had fallen victim to blight and abandonment

Numerous organzations collaborated to fund, plan and provide support services to the Piquette Square project. Our funding partners include:

 


For more information about construction and funding for the project, please email Steve Gabrys.

Piquette Square is an important piece of a major collaborative commitment to address the growing problem of homeless veterans in metropolitan Detroit. There were 3596 homeless veterans in the Detroit area in 2005, according to the city’s Ten-Year Plan To End Homelessness. Through a concerted effort to reduce homelessness among veterans, the number in Detroit has fallen at the start of 2014 to about 1900, according to experts.

“Our veterans have fought to protect the safety and the freedom that we enjoy every day, and we have a duty to provide them with adequate housing and medical care,” said Senator Carl Levin. “Piquette Square is a major development in meeting that hallowed responsibility.”

Piquette is only the second project of its kind in Michigan - joining Silver Star in Battle Creek, Michigan - and is one of the largest in the nation.

See a detailed Fact Sheet about Piquette Square that answers Frequently Asked Questions.

 

 
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