According to Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries, over 18,000 people are homeless in Detroit. 30 percent of that number are chronically homeless. Most face other issues: abuse, physical disability, mental challenges, addiction, poverty, joblessness and illness. Fortunately, there are agencies to help. Here are rescue missions, homeless shelters and transitional housing programs for adults. Most all provide or connect clients with food, shower and laundry facilities, education, medical needs, counseling, employment and substance abuse treatment.
* South Oakland Shelters: SOS offers a temporary shelter and warming center that rotates among 67 partner faith groups in Oakland County. Call (248) 809-3773 or check the website for weekly locations.
* Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries (DRMM): This collective mission offers various services based on need. People off all ages can get help. Contact the main Detroit Rescue Mission office at 150 Stimson St. in Detroit to be directed to need-specific services.
Genesis Houses: Operated through DRMM, each Genesis House offers emergency and transitional housing for women and children. Addresses in Detroit are: 131 Stimson, 2015 Webb, and 3840 Fairview.
* Oasis: Located at 13220 Woodward Ave., in Highland Park, Mich., this is an all-male shelter with emergency, transitional and permanent housing facilities.
* Donald F. DeVos Ministry Center: This all-male facility, at 13130 Woodward in Detroit offers permanent housing for disabled men.
* Christian Guidance Center: This shelter is for adult men only and provides detox center and transitional housing for those with co-occurring disorders. It’s located at 91 Glendale in Highland Park.
* Detroit Rescue Mission: This is men-only emergency shelter and transitional housing facility. It’s located at 535 Third St., Detroit.
* Tumaini Center: Part of the Neighborhood Service Organization help web, this emergency shelter is open 24 hours a day, year-round. It serves those whose behavioral problems, mental illness or physical disabilities have left them with no other place to go. Tumaini is located at 3430 Third Ave., in Detroit.
* Juda Transitional and Recovery House: Located at 12126 Stoepel in Detroit, Juda House provides emergency and transitional housing to clients for up to 18 months.
* Mom’s Place II: A mission of Cass Community Social Services, Mom’s Place II is located at 1464 Webb offers temporary shelter for homeless women without children. It’s an adult female-only program and offers day care for working moms or job seekers, parenting classes and support services. Transportation is provided to other CCSS facilities and services.
* Scott Building: At 11850 Woodrow Wilson in Detroit, this the main facility for Cass Community Social Services. Several residential programs are available for adults and women with children. Locations are not listed, due to client confidentiality. CCSS also coordinates a rotating temporary shelter like SOS. Contact CCSS for specific needs.
* Operation Get Down: Located at 10100 Harper, Operation Get Down operates a variety of homeless services including a warming center, emergency shelter and transitional housing.