Southwest Economic Solutions

The mission of Southwest Economic Solutions
(SWES) is to provide opportunities for individuals
and families to achieve greater economic success.
We promote and preserve homeownership
and advance financial literacy, and have
become a leader in workforce
development and adult literacy
services. All our services are
free or low-cost for eligible individuals
and families.


Adult literacy

Our Adult Learning Lab in southwest Detroit helps adults improve their literacy, math and computer skills so they can be better qualified for employment. These services are free for eligible participants.

The Adult Learning Lab is located at 4214 Vernor, across from Clark Park.

Center for Working Families

Our Center for Working Families (CWF) is based on a promising national concept and is designed to help low-income families reach financial stability, access income supports, develop educational and employment opportunities, build wealth, and move up the economic ladder. Participants are assisted by a financial coach, workforce development coach and benefits coach.

Financial coaching

Financial coaching helps participants manage income, reduce debt, review credit, and plan for a more successful economic future. We offer one-on-one financial coaching and financial capability workshops.

Homeownership assistance

We offer a variety of programs to help your family buy a home or keep your home. Our agency is HUD-approved and our professional counselors are MSHDA-certified and NeighborWorks-trained and certified. We have English/Spanish bilingual counselors available.

Foreclosure counseling

The foreclosure intervention counseling provided by Southwest Economic Solutions serves homeowners throughout the metro Detroit and tri-county area. 

Homebuyer services

We offer homebuyer education classes, pre-purchase counseling and financial coaching through one-on-one sessions, group workshops, and community events. We offer special programs to help aspiring homeowners qualify for incentives such as downpayment assistance and low-interest home loans. We also offer assistance for current Detroit homeowners to apply for the City’s no-interest home repair loan program.

Workforce development

We offer several programs to help eligible participants obtain the skills, resources and opportunities they need for gainful employment.

Earn + Learn

Earn + Learn is an innovative and comprehensive model of workforce development that involves multiple partners working together to train, place and maintain participants in employment.

Career Center

The Detroit At Work Career Centers are a free resource for Detroit residents looking to start a new career or improve their career prospects. The Career Centers match workers with training programs and job opportunities.


Our Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Program (HVRP) helps homeless vets find meaningful employment so that they can be productive members of the community. HVRP is funded by the federal Department of Labor. The program assists homeless vets with resources, vocational training and job opportunities.

My Next Move

My Next Move teaches about career development, job readiness, life and leadership skills, and financial literacy. It also provides tutoring in math, reading and GED preparation. Its aim is to help participants increase their confidence and skills to achieve their career and educational goals.


YouthBuild is a community-based pre-apprenticeship program that provides job training and educational opportunities for at-risk youth ages 16-24 who have previously dropped out of high school. 

Contact and location

Southwest Economic Solutions (SWES) is located at the Welcome Center at 2835 Bagley, Suite 800, Detroit, MI  48216. To learn more about SWES programs or schedule an appointment, call us at 313.841.9641 or email us.

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