Employment Linkages provides employment search, placement, and job support to homeless individuals. Services are offered in partnership with homeless shelter and transitional housing providers to meet the specific employment needs of the homeless or recently housed.
Services include one-on-one counseling, work experience placements, job search support, and job placement.
For more information please contact Wayne Metro's Call Center at (734) 284-6999 or (313) 388-9799.
The Out-Wayne County Homeless Services Coalition is an informal partnership between over thirty agencies, organizations and governmental units that works to bridge the gaps that lead to homelessness. Formed in 1993, Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency is the lead organization in the Coalition. Shortly after the formation of the Coalition, member agencies also formed a Continuum of Care (CoC) that would address the specific needs of Out-Wayne County's homeless population while fostering better communication and closing service gaps.
The mission of the Out-Wayne County Homeless Services Coalition is to eliminate homelessness in the Out-Wayne County area. Toward this end, the Coalition established a 10 Year Plan to end Homelessness. The Plan identifies economic and social issues at the local and state level that contribute to homelessness and substandard housing, while also proving direction for the Coalition to work toward.
The Coalition works together to improve the capacity of all community partners to help homeless, imminently homeless and marginally housed persons locate, secure and sustain permanent housing.
Member agencies include:
Wayne Metro's Shelter + Care Program provides permanent housing rental assistance to homeless mentally-ill/dually-diagnosed individuals and families. Housing and services are designed to meet the on-going needs of program participants in order to maintain housing stability, foster self-determination and maximize independence.
Housing is offered in scattered-site, private-market units and is selected based on the desire and needs of each resident. Support services provided by partner agencies continue for the duration of tenancy.
In 2011 Wayne Metro received funding from the Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families for a Runaway and Homeless Youth Outreach Program. Through the Program, Wayne Metro is outreaching to runaway and homeless youth on the streets. Staff members have information on local resources, as well as hygiene kits and food packs to distribute. Outreach services are currently underway and a 24 hour crisis line has also been set-up to increase access to supportive services.
In addition, Wayne Metro has also created a Drop-in Center for homeless youth. The YARD (Youth and Runaway Drop-in) is located in Wyandotte (1638 Eureka Rd.) and provides a safe place for youth ages 12-22 to receive assistance and support. The YARD is open during after-school and evening hours, call (313) 400-3929 for specific hours.
The YARD has computers available for youth to complete homework, apply for jobs and education assistance as well as connect with their social networks. In addition, youth have access to a shower and laundry. Hygiene kits are also be available for youth that are on the street or visit the drop-in center. Additional services such as employment assistance classes and health screenings will be implemented as the program develops.
The goal of the outreach and YARD program is family reunification and moving homeless youth into safe and supportive housing
Wayne Metro's Street Outreach Program works closely with the Homeless Youth Education Project to provide support and resources to homeless children and families to ensure that they receive high-quality educational experiences like their peers.
Wayne Metro has partnered with Monroe County Opportunity Program (a sister CAA) to provide valuable case management and housing stability services to United States Veterans and their families that are homeless or on the verge of homelessness.
In addition, the program provides both in-house and outside referrals to additional services that clients can utilize to stabilize their housing situation and move towards self-sufficiency.
If you are a resident of Monroe County, please visit www.monroecountyop.org or call (734) 241-2775.
If you are a resident of Out-Wayne County (excludes Detroit), please contact (734) 284-6999.
Detroit residents may visit www.swsol.org/counseling or contact Southwest Counseling Solutions at (313) 963-6601.
The Wayne Homeless Network Project provides a comprehensive range of services to homeless individuals and families in Out-Wayne County and was innovatively designed based on the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Continuum of Care model. The project demonstrates that in a designated geographic area, a Continuum of Care system can efficiently provide a full spectrum of services through an effective collaboration of partners and resources.
The project includes outreach, case management, transitional housing, transportation, permanent housing placement, and direct linkage to appropriate services as required. These services may include but not be limited to mental health counseling, substance abuse treatment, school advocacy, and employment services.