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

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Services

Homeless Services

We are 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. We also provide these service 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 can be found here.  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:

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Advocacy

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We have expertise 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 and that they receive the services they’re eligible for in an appropriate manner.

Coordinated Entry

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The Detroit CoC’s coordinated entry system is called the Coordinated Assessment Model (CAM). More information can be found here. Southwest Solutions is the CAM Lead Agency and we are the CAM Implementation Agency. In this role, we are responsible to meet with any household that enters a Detroit CoC shelter, assess their service needs, assist them with acquiring vital documents (social security card, I.D., etc.), and refer them to a CoC agency that can provide them financial and supportive services assistance.

Housing & Support

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We provide ongoing financial support with monthly housing costs for 104 homeless households. CHS also provides these households 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

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Low Income Housing

We own and manage a low income tax credit housing located on Hubbell Ave., just north of puritan in Detroit, MI. The property has 11 residential units that are rented out at a below market value rate to low income households in need of stable, safe, and affordable housing. We also own and are redeveloping several adjacent properties and have partnered with local businesses and residents during this process in an effort to participate in reducing neighborhood blight.

 

Our Mission & Values

The needs of the household we service come first.  Our mission is to address poverty and housing injustice by empowering individuals and families to be able to live self-determined lives in their community, and to provide support to other community entities with similar values.

The core values surrounding this principle are:

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Service

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Dignity & Worth

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Human Relationships

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Integrity

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Competence

Meet our board of directors 

John M. Stoyka, M.A. 

President & Executive Director

Director of CHS Homeless Services Programs

John Stoyka provides oversight, coordination, training, consultation and advocacy for the CHS staff and partners who serve the agency’s homeless and housing insecure clientele.

John also provides input and expertise on the acquisition and execution of federal, state, and local housing programs for the homeless or at risk, according to federal law, Michigan State landlord/tenant laws, eviction proceedings, and squatter rights, data reporting and quality, and client service coordination.

Marcel Santiz

Chairman of the Board

Camille Price

Secretary

Greg Andrews

Deputy Treasurer

Michael Weil

Treasurer

Yolonda Smalls

Director

Flavu Pop

Director

Nicole Hudson

Director

Michelle Foster

Director

Kyle Bartell

Director

Douglas Jones

Director

Kim Bozich

Director

Matthew Niemi, LLMSW

Chief Operations Officer 

Larry Herren, LMSW

Clinical Therapist

Angela Loewen, BA

Resource Navigator

Cheron Smiley-Calhoun

Resource Navigator Support Specialist

Carolyn Neville, BA

Data Analyst

Titania Harris

Simon House Housekeeper

Debbie Flowers

Recordkeeping Quality & Security Specialist

Wendy Robinson

Volunteer

Matthew Tommelein, BA

Lead Resource Navigator (Shelter & Street Outreach)

Roger Walk, AA

Resource Navigator

Erica Johnson, MS

Resource Navigator

Matthew Bryant

Resource Navigator

Timothy Desaussure

Permanent Housing Case Manager

Jerrell Allen, BSW

Resource Navigator

Dorita Brown, AA

Resource Navigator

Anthony Osley, BA

Quality Control Manager

Hannah Drozdowski, BPA

Housing Support Coordinator

Elaine Stuckey

Permanent Housing Case Manager

Meosha Zachery, BA

Permanent Housing Case Manager

Jerome Montgomery, BA

Permanent Housing Case Manager

Robert Collier, BA

Permanent Housing Case Manager

Deanna Nobouphasavanh, BA

Permanent Housing Case Manager

David Otis, BA

Chief Financial Officer

Debra Cassidy

Accountant

Janice Jedele

Human Resources Manager