Michigan's Campaign to End Homelessness
Because the problem is so devastating, so large, and so challenging, our response must be both compassionate and bold. That’s why, in 2006, Michigan announced a statewide plan to end homelessness. It began with a community plan to organize and deliver housing and services to meet the specific needs of people who are homeless as they move to stable housing and maximum self-sufficiency. This collaborative group is the Continuum of Care (CoC). In 2006, there were 476 CoC’s nationwide and 60 in Michigan. Each of the 60 CoC’s wrote plans to address the problem in each of Michigan’s 83 counties. These local groups were organized into regional councils charged with assuring that limited resources are put to the best possible use. Then, state agencies and private partner organizations created more than 40 innovative statewide programs to address specific needs and provide resources. Working together, we will put an end to homelessness in Michigan.
Our Work Begins Here
This Web site is a critical tool to help local and state partners share information to better work together. They can visit, report progress, access data by region, connect with resources, share information, and share successes. This place will be the meeting ground for our campaign – the campaign to end homelessness.
The 2nd edition of Michigan’s statewide 10-year Plan to End Homelessness was revised and published in October 2010. The Plan provides a frame work for local communities, statewide partners, and stakeholders to strategically end homelessness throughout the state of Michigan. The six core initiatives identify key areas of focus, and include housing resources, tools, and performance measures.
In 2006, rising to the national and state challenge, 83 counties began being covered by the 60 CoC’s comprehensive 10-year plans to end homelessness. With Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) technical assistance, these plans were developed by community-based coalitions of local stakeholders, including homeless service organizations, churches, the business community and local government. These plans and groups have been organized into regional councils to make certain that limited resources are put to the best use.
With these plans in place and being enhanced, and baseline regional homelessness data established, even at this early stage in the 10-year campaign, several service areas have begun to lower the rate of homelessness.
The Michigan State Homeless Management Information System (MSHMIS) is a single database platform that provides an unduplicated count of homeless persons living in each region of Michigan. The system also measures patterns of service use and the effectiveness of the services delivered, providing the ability to assess progress across programs and regions. It was developed to improve consistency of reporting among Michigan’s Continuum of Care (CoC) network and includes information from all the service organizations in each region, a total of 524 organizations statewide.