EMPOWERING COMMUNITIES TO PREVENT AND END HOMELESSNESS
The Michigan Coalition Against Homelessness works with over 650 agencies to improve our systems and knowledge so that we can better serve those experiencing homelessness in Michigan. Through innovative trainings, resources, and technical support, we empower our community partners in the vital work they do at the local and regional level.
MCAH offers regular webinars on topics of interest to service providers, advocates, and other stakeholders. Miss one of our webinars? Recordings are now available on our YouTube channel.
Homeless Awareness Month
Homeless Awareness Month (HAM) takes place every November in Michigan to raise awareness about issues relating to housing insecurity and homelessness and to get communities invested in making a difference. MCAH promotes HAM throughout Michigan, providing support for local partner events and leading the state’s communication and awareness raising campaign.
Michigan’s observance, which has taken place for nearly 20 years, has become an essential part of our collective effort to promote awareness and understanding of those experiencing homelessness.
We’ll be hosting and promoting events around the state during the entire month of November, and we want you to join us! Participate in our Michigan Homeless Awareness Month Facebook group, register your event to be shared in our public Homeless Awareness Month calendar, and help raise awareness through MCAH’s social media educational campaign on Facebook and Twitter.
Homeless Not Hopeless
This year was predictably unpredictable. Providing services and securing housing for our communities’ most vulnerable residents is always challenging, but this year homeless service providers have had to continue this difficult work while adapting to more clients, constantly changing health and safety guidelines, and drastic changes in their own lives.
Community action is essential in our collective fight to end homelessness. The last year has illustrated how challenging it can be when we can’t lean on our loved ones for support. But communities are rising to the challenge and carrying on.
In addition to our regular work to raise awareness around experiences of homelessness in our state, for this year’s theme we want to highlight the hope that exists in our communities.
Homeless Awareness Month Events
Since 2009, members have provided services to over 32,000 individuals. In the 2019 – 2020 program year, members provided services to 2,415 individuals, assisted 193 in obtaining housing, and assisted 35 in obtaining employment.
Communities First, Inc.
Community & Home Supports, Inc.Community Action House
Family Promise of Grand RapidsLighthouse
Shelter Association of Washtenaw County