Southwest Counseling Solutions
Supportive Housing / Housing Resource Center
Our supportive housing program serves individuals and families who were once homeless by providing permanent housing and a full range of support services to deter the cycle of homelessness they have experienced in the past. Supportive housing brings together the Housing and Counseling sides of Southwest Solutions to create an innovative strategy for ending homelessness that is nationally recognized by advocates for the homeless as a model of excellence and effectiveness. We are deeply committed to the principle that homelessness can be resolved.

 


Services:

  • Through outreach efforts and appointments, caseworkers at our Housing Resource Center (HRC) identify homeless individuals with mental illness who are eligible for direct housing placement.
  • Our housing transition teams at the HRC place individuals into permanent housing and secure the housing subsidies (rental assistance, vouchers and other financial support) for which the individuals are eligible.
  • Individuals are linked with the clinical and case management services they require to treat their psychiatric, substance abuse, health, social, and other needs.
  • We engage landlords and tenants in a Blended Management approach that establishes mutual responsibilities, facilitates communication and mediation, and averts crises and evictions.
  • We help persons with developmental disabilities and their families find affordable, accessible and permanent housing.
  • Go-Getters Drop-in Center serves homeless adults and adults with mental illnes by providing a dynamic environment where consumers, with the support of their peers, can continue their recovery journey and improve their quality of life.
  • 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.

Our primary goal in working with people who are homeless is to transition them to permanent housing. By emphasizing "housing first" and then following up with support services that focus on the person’s needs and which promote recovery, we reduce the number of people experiencing homelessness. In fact, the vast majority of those we help are able to end their homeless condition and become reintegrated into society. Our scattered-site housing approach places formerly homeless persons throughout the community.

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

 

 



   Results


  • 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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Helping returning veterans stabilize their lives: SSVF

There are more than 300 SSVF programs in the country. Southwest Solutions’ program is recognized as one of the best. Since it began in 2011, our program has assisted about 1,000 veterans and their families. In the past year, 33% of the veterans helped by our program are veterans who have returned from the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts. The national average is 20%.

Christopher Franklin, 27, needed a safe and stable apartment for himself and his two-year-old daughter, who stays with him regularly.

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