Anthony Clemons had been living in an abandoned house in Detroit for more than three years. He was working at a warehouse, but his low…
The Coordinated Assessment Model (CAM) is a systemic approach to homeless programming that focuses on aligning the needs of households that are experiencing homelessness or a housing crisis with the best program to address their needs.
The Homeless Action Network of Detroit (HAND) is responsible for developing a Coordinated Assessment Process for the Detroit Continuum of Care, which includes numerous local organizations and initiatives that serve the homeless population. Southwest Solutions serves as the CAM Lead Agency in this process, which is being implemented jointly by our agency and HAND.
The CAM process will direct households that are in need of homeless assistance to a common access point where they are assessed using a universal screening and subsequently, a common assessment tool. Based on the thorough assessment, a coordinated referral will be made to the most appropriate service provider in the Detroit Continuum of Care.
CAM aims to improve Detroit’s homeless system and effect:
Households will also see better outcomes as it will no longer be left to chance that they are receiving the most appropriate services available given their needs.
Our supportive housing programs to address homelessness are located at our Housing Resource Center (HRC). The HRC is at 1600 Porter St., Detroit, 48216.
Rental and Leasing Assistance Program
The clients at Southwest Counseling Solutions lack a fixed and adequate nighttime residence. They reside at public or private operated shelters designed to provide temporary living accommodations or in a place not designed for or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings.
The Rental and Leasing Assistance Program is a HUD funded program at Southwest Counseling Solutions which is designed to provide housing and supportive services for homeless individuals.
The person must be an single or accompanied adult with a severe and persistent mental illness or co-occurring illness and who is literally homeless.
Permanent Supportive Housing
Permanent Supportive Housing provides case management and community support to clients housed through Southwest Solutions’ subsidies. Our team of clinicians works with clients, landlords, and other community agencies to help the client address those issues that might put them at risk for future homelessness. Our goal is to help people stay stable in housing.
Our agency follows the “Housing First” model of ending homelessness, which means we 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. To that end, we are not functioning as agents of law enforcement, nor do we have authority over clients. However, we can act as liaison between client and landlord to resolve issue before they become serious. As such, we encourage landlords to contact us with any concerns.
The Rapid Re-Housing Program provides rental assistance and security deposits as well as landlord advocacy, assistance with finding affordable housing and case management assistance to families and/or individuals who are homeless with the goal of moving them into permanent housing.
The Homeless Prevention Program provides case management and grants to struggling households.
Piquette Square Support Services
The 150 formerly homeless veterans at our Piquette Square are still dealing with the issues that led to their becoming homeless. These issues include mental illness, PTSD, substance and alcohol abuse, medical problems, unemployment and underemployment, and more. The Piquette Square Supportive Services (PSSS) program seeks to address those issues through counseling, case management, and connecting the veterans to the resources they need at the VA, other government agencies, and community organizations. These supportive services are essential so that the veterans can maintain housing stability and regain functioning to rebuild their lives.
The PSSS staff consists of a Resident Service Coordinator, Clinical Housing Specialists, and a Program Supervisor, who, in collaboration with the veterans, develops, implements and monitors the veterans’ Housing Stability Plans.
Services are offered on site in veteran’s unit or referrals to community partners and the VA Medical Center. The services include:
Based on the needs of the individual, the program makes referrals to outside agencies (i.e., VA Medical Center) for:
Supportive Services for Veteran Families
The Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program aims to improve very low income veteran families’ housing stability. SSVF provides outreach and case management services and assists participants in obtaining VA benefits and other public benefits. Veterans may qualify for short term rental assistance or assistance with first month’s rent, security deposit and /or utility assistance.
94% of those helped into housing have remained in permanent housing for more than a year.