Improving Detroit One Home at a Time
Community & Home Supports serves Detroit and its surrounding communities by providing financial assistance, supportive services, & counseling to individuals and families experiencing housing crises
CHS is a member of the Detroit Continuum of Care (CoC). The Detroit CoC is a network of nonprofits and government agencies in Detroit that work together to provide services to Detroit’s homeless and at risk households. Our organization also provides these services for those who are unsheltered or living in a place not meant for human habitation such as a car, park, or abandoned building. More information on our various programs can be found below.
The existence of a CoC is a requirement for any community in the U.S. requesting federal funding for homeless services. We support the Detroit CoC by playing three primary roles:
Our expertise lies in areas such as initial contact and assessment with homeless and at risk households; landlord/tenant law; and federal, state, and local homeless policies and regulations. We use our expertise to advocate for individuals – ensuring that they know and understand their rights. We help our clients (individuals and families) receive the services they’re eligible for in an appropriate and empowering manner.
Within the Detroit CoC, the coordinated entry system is called the Coordinated Assessment Model (CAM). CHS serves as the frontrunner for Resource Navigation services in the Detroit CoC in conjunction with the CAM Lead Agency, Southwest Solutions. In this role, CHS staff are responsible to meet with any household that enters a Detroit CoC shelter. When meeting with clients, we assess their service needs, assist them in acquiring vital documents (social security card, I.D., etc.), and refer them to a CoC agency that can provide them financial and supportive services. CHS has provided these services since the CAM inception in 2015. We have been able to play a critical role in creating the current processes, policies, procedures, best practices, and continuous quality improvement of housing navigation services and housing quality in the Detroit CoC. We are committed to using data-driven solutions to provide the highest level of housing counseling services to the highest volume of clients by using HMIS (the Homeless Management Information System) and comparable data bases to provide critical system analysis and triage.
Housing & Support
Through our Permanent Housing and Rapid ReHousing programs, CHS provides formerly homeless households ongoing financial support for monthly housing costs. These households also receive assistance with supportive services such as mental health counseling, substance abuse counseling, healthy living counseling, tenancy management, budget and financial counseling, and other services based on their needs. The ultimate goals for each household we service are empowerment and independence.
Low Income Housing
In addition to homeless services, CHS owns and manages a low income tax credit housing located on Hubbell Ave. in Detroit, MI. The property has 11 residential units that are rented at a below market value rate to low income households in need of stable, safe, and affordable housing. We also have ownership of and are redeveloping several adjacent properties. We partner with local businesses and residents during this development process in an effort to participate in reducing neighborhood blight.
Our Mission & Values
Community Home and Supports Inc. is a nonprofit corporation and is operated exclusively for educational and charitable purposes within the meaning of section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 or the corresponding section of any future Federal tax code.
At Community & Home Supports, Inc. our purpose is:
(a) To empower families to be able to live Self-Determined lives in their community
(b) To provide support to individuals, organizations and communities in order to assist individuals and families to achieve greater independence.
The core values surrounding these principles are: