To learn more about ways to give and to volunteer to help, contact:
5475 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, MI 48202
Office phone: 313-577-9933
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services – Conner Service Center has committed two case workers that will help currently registered WSU students navigate how to apply for state benefits such as food subsidies (SNAP benefits), rental, cash, childcare and utility assistance. They are located in the Welcome Center, room 252.
Conner Center hours: Monday thru Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (excluding State holidays)
May-July hours: Tuesday and Wednesday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Please follow the links below for additional helpful resources:
MSHDA and its many partners across Michigan have already trained and provided technical assistance, implemented remarkable programs, garnered funding from a great many resources, and made a great leap forward in ending homelessness in Michigan by 2016. Across Michigan, there are more affordable housing units, more support for homeless individuals and families, more programs to connect the homeless with housing, and more grants and programs to assist regional efforts. Yet there is much to be done to reduce homelessness. We are deeply appreciative of our partners and funders for their compassion and generosity, and eager to find others willing to help with this critically important work.
Food & Nutrition Programs
The Food and Nutrition Programs include the administration of the USDA Child Nutrition Programs as well as the USDA Household Programs. Please use the navigation buttons to explore our website for in-depth coverage of these topics. Please feel free to contact our staff, should you require additional information.
- Child and Adult Care Food Program: 517-241-5353 or 517-335-2403
- Food Distribution: 517-241-5348
- School Nutrition Programs and Summer Food Service Program: 517-241-5374
- Child Nutrition Training Calendar
Homelessness can happen to anyone with many households just three paychecks away from losing their home. While MCAH does not provide direct services, we encourage you to work with a provider in your area and hope we can guide you as you seek assistance to stay in your home or find new housing.
The W Food Pantry-The W Food Pantry is dedicated to enhancing the lives of currently enrolled students at Wayne State University by providing resources that include but are not limited to food along with various feminine hygiene products and toiletries. It is located at 703 W. Kirby Detroit, MI 4820. For more information call 313-577-0154 from 3:30 – 8:00 p.m. or 313-577-1010.
Hours: Monday - Thursday: 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.- Friday / Saturday: Closed-Sunday: 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit- For over 95 years, Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit has been a leader in making a difference in people's lives by helping them find work, hope and pride in their life and in their career. Goodwill delivers many services and programs based on the needs of those they serve.
The National Association for the Education Children and Youth- The National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY) is a national membership association dedicated to educational excellence for children and youth experiencing homelessness. Through state and federal policy and technical assistance to our members, students, and the public, we change systems so all children and youth can learn, succeed academically, and achieve their dreams.
National Coalition for the Homeless- The National Coalition for the Homeless is a national network of people who are currently experiencing or who have experienced homelessness, activists and advocates, community-based and faith-based service providers, and others committed to a single mission: To prevent and end homelessness while ensuring the immediate needs of those experiencing homelessness are met and their civil rights protected.
Covenant House Michigan- Covenant House Michigan is a faith-based nonprofit organization that provides hope to homeless, runaway and at-risk youth ages 18-24. We provide shelter, educational and vocational programs, as well as other support services, to help overcome hurdles such as homelessness, unemployment, inadequate education, violence, drugs and gangs. Our goal is to redirect them onto a path toward meaningful and successful adulthood.
Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries- DRMM is a faith-based, non-profit organization, recognized by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) and has devoted a wealth of resources to meet the basic needs of humanity while motivating individuals to rebuild their lives, one life at a time. Services offered include meals, housing, treatment, and more.
Coalition on Temporary Shelter- COTS, (Coalition of Temporary Shelter), exists to alleviate homelessness by providing an array of services that enable people to achieve self-sufficiency and obtain quality affordable housing. COTS also exists to advocate for long term solutions to the problems of homelessness. Since 1982, COTS has been committed to serving the most vulnerable members of the Detroit community with a rich continuum of programs and services that empower people. COTS is proud to report measureable results of the agency's efforts.
United States Interagency Council on Homelessness - Coordinates and catalyzes the federal response to homelessness, working in close partnership with Cabinet Secretaries and other senior leaders across our 19 federal member agencies. By organizing and supporting leaders, we drive action to achieve the goals of the federal strategic plan to prevent and homelessness--and ensure that homelessness in America is ended once and for all.
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) The Department of Housing and Urban Development administers programs that provide housing and community development assistance. The Department also works to ensure fair and equal housing opportunity for all.
National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth- A national membership association dedicated to ensuring educational equity and excellence for children and youth experiencing homelessness. We provide technical assistance and share best-practice implementation strategies to build the capacity of individuals, agencies, and organizations to ensure the academic success of children.
The National Network For Youth - Public education and policy advocacy organization dedicated to the prevention and eradication of youth homelessness in America for over 40 years.
The President's Commission on the Status of Women (COSW)- The COSW advises Wayne State University's Office of the President and the larger campus community on issues facing women students, staff, faculty, and alumni including gender equity and equality, social justice, and intersectionality. The Commission advocates for women through programming, university service, outreach, research, and policy recommendations.
WSU Academic Success Center - The mission of the Academic Success Center (ASC) is to ensure that all Wayne State University students become self-determined, motivated and independent learners. We accomplish this through instruction and services that support students' development of skills to achieve academic excellence.
WSU Student Disability Services - Student Disability Services works to create inclusive academic environments by promoting the construct of universal design throughout the university. To this end, SDS provides academic accommodations, resources and training in assistive technology, and information to foster understanding of disability throughout the university community.
Cass Community Social Services - Cass Community Social Services is Detroit-based agency dedicated to providing food, housing, health services, and job programs.
Free Legal Aid Clinic - The Free Legal Aid Clinic is a student-run, 501(c)(3) nonprofit, legal aid organization established by Wayne Law students in 1965. For more than 50 years, we have provided Wayne County's elderly and indigent populations with quality legal representation
Homelessness in the US: Sleep Study and Accommodation Directory - A listing of shelters in Michigan that offer one of three types of shelter: emergency overnight shelter, day shelter, or transitional housing.
36th District Court - 'Street Outreach Court Detroit' (SOCD) - Street Outreach Court Detroit offers individuals who are homeless the opportunity to resolve certain civil infractions and misdemeanors, including warrants, by crediting their personal efforts to improve their lives toward their outstanding fines, costs and jail time. Their efforts are guided by social service professionals and may include job training, education, drug rehabilitation and mental health treatment. Attorneys provide additional representation in other criminal and civil matters that adversely affect their ability to get and stay stably housed.
Capuchin Soup Kitchen - Offers multiple programs including meal programs, substance abuse treatment, job opportunities at the "On the Rise Bakery", children's programs, spiritual care, and more.
Neighborhood Legal Services Michigan - A regional business and non-profit collaborative coordinating Southeastern Michigan community outreach and pro-bono partnerships for advocacy, education, and resources of human survival. Abused and homeless individuals, children, seniors and those with life-challenging illness can sometimes qualify to receive services free of charge.
St. Leo's Church Soup Kitchen - St. Leo's Soup Kitchen is a non-profit, non-denominational organization that strives to provide sustenance, medical and dental care and other social services as needed to less fortunate members of the Detroit community provided at no cost to all that come. Open Tuesdays - Fridays from 11:30am-12:30pm.
Detroit Action Commonwealth - A a nonpartisan 501(c)(3) nonprofit membership organization. DAC develops individual and collective power to promote opportunity, advance justice, and challenge and change root causes of poverty and homelessness.
Everyone needs a little help sometimes. Whether you need some free food, diapers for your baby, a quick cash loan, assistance with your rent and utilities, some fresh clothing or a homeless shelter, you'll find services in and near Detroit, MI here to help you now.
Homeless Shelters and Supportive Housing
Detroit, MI list of housing resources we have uncovered: Homeless Shelters, Supportive Housing, Halfway Housing, Transitional Housing, Day Shelters, Low Income Housing, Residential Alcohol and Drug Treatment Centers.
Street Democracy - Legal services for homeless wherever they are. By partnering with social service agencies, we can provide coordinated human and legal services to make our clients' progress permanent.
Start Sleeping - Provides the best resources possible to help those in need get a good night's sleep. Start Sleeping keeps an up-to-date Sleep Accommodation Directory for every state and information on how to contact each of these accommodations. They offer resources for services like shelters, healthcare, food and other social services. Other resources for veterans, men, and available resources all over the state of Michigan. Sleep Accommodation Directory - Michigan