Michigan gets $4.5 million to serve homeless population in Detroit, Lansing area, Berrien County

LANSING, Mich. – (RealEstateRama) — People who are chronically homeless and dealing with severe mental illness, substance use problems or other disorders will receive services through $4.5 million in federal grant funds recently awarded to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

The U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has approved a three-year grant of $1.5 million per year to MDHHS. Grant dollars will expand to Berrien County and the Greater Lansing Area the successful Michigan Housing and Recovery Initiative now operating in Detroit.

“This is important work that will move us closer to ending chronic homelessness in Michigan,” said MDHHS Director Nick Lyon. “People experiencing homelessness face significant challenges. We need to continue providing services that remove these barriers and help people move toward life-long success.”

MDHHS will subcontract with the following agencies to serve 410 families and individuals in Detroit, Greater Lansing and Berrien County throughout the grant period: Emergency Shelter Services, Berrien County; Mid-Michigan Recovery Services, Greater Lansing area; Neighborhood Service Organization, Detroit; Southwest Counseling Solutions, Detroit.

Services will include outreach, housing navigation, mental health and substance use services, linkage to primary health care and mainstream benefits, and ongoing housing case management. People will receive services and case management under the Housing First model, which values housing as the primary need to be addressed and then wraps intensive services around the household to address barriers.

In addition to providing services, MDHHS will use grant dollars to enhance statewide partnerships and improve the overall infrastructure of the homeless service delivery system in Michigan. Goals will include improving employment outcomes, increasing affordable housing options and addressing gaps in services by leveraging Medicaid and improving partnerships with primary healthcare providers.

Contact: Bob Wheaton 517-241-2112

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