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Agency Overview


Guided by our belief that no one should live in poverty, Wayne Metro empowers people and communities to be strong, healthy and thriving.


Through our work to diminish poverty, we envision communities where all people have hope and opportunities to realize their full potential.

Strategic Result

Deliver a collective impact to create social and economic mobility for people and communities through advocacy, resources and collaborations.

Our Story

Founded in 1971, Wayne Metro Community Action Agency (Wayne Metro) provides essential services, diversified programming, and community resources to low- and moderate-income individuals and families throughout all of Wayne County. Over the last four decades, the Agency’s budget has grown from $100,000 to over $30 million while continuing to maintain a low administrative rate (8%) that allows $.92 of every funded or donated dollar to be utilized for direct client services.

As a result of this outstanding programmatic and fiscal track record serving Out-Wayne County, the State of Michigan named Wayne Metro the Interim Community Action Agency for the City of Detroit in Spring 2013, with the designation becoming permanent in 2015. Today, Wayne Metro supports all of Wayne County with more than 50 programs with over 300 employees, and is proud to be one of the most innovative Community Action Agencies in the entire country.

About Community Action

The concept of Community Action was initially pioneered in 1961 by President John F. Kennedy through a new initiative that brought together local officials, service providers, and neighbors to address juvenile delinquency in the United States. Building on the success of JFK’s program, activists began recruiting people from all community sectors to plan and implement programs that would help people grow out of a life in poverty. The core principle behind these projects focused on entire communities working together to improve conditions for the disenfranchised.
After becoming President in 1963, President Lyndon B. Johnson further expanded on those ideas. In his State of the Union message to Congress in January, 1964, President Johnson declared: “Let us carry forward the plans and programs of John F. Kennedy, not because of our sorrow or sympathy, but because they are right…This administration today, here and now, declares an unconditional War on Poverty in America.”
From the “War of Poverty” came the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964, which was designed to eliminate poverty by providing opportunities for education, training, and employment for all United States Citizens. Many initiatives developed through the Economic Opportunity Act are still in place today, including Community Action Agencies like Wayne Metro.

Our Partners

Wayne Metro’s growth and success in serving the low-income individuals and families of Wayne County could not be achieved without the many forms of support so generously provided by the following corporations and organizations.

  • Ann Arbor Housing Commission
  • Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy
  • Bureau of Community Action and Economic Opportunity
  • Chase Bank
  • ChristNet
  • City of Inkster
  • City of Lincoln Park
  • City of Southgate
  • City of Westland
  • Colina Foundation
  • Comerica Charitable Foundation
  • Community and Economic Development Association of Michigan
  • Community Choice Credit Union
  • Corporation for National and Community Service
  • CSH
  • Daly Merritt Insurance
  • Delta Dental Foundation
  • Department of Energy
  • Detroit Public Television
  • DTE Energy
  • Fair Food Network
  • Federal Home Loan Bank of Indianapolis
  • Fifth Third Bank
  • Fish and Loaves Community Food Pantry
  • Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern MichiganIslamic Relief USA
  • Key Bank
  • JPMorgan Chase
  • Michigan Association of United Ways
  • Michigan Community Action Agency Association
  • Michigan Department of Education
  • Michigan Department of Human Services
  • Michigan Muslim Community Council
  • Michigan Public Service Commission
  • Michigan State Housing Development Authority
  • National Equity Fund, Inc.
  • Plymouth Housing Commission
  • Plymouth United Way
  • PNC Foundation
  • Talmer Bank and Trust
  • Target Corporation
  • The Heat and Warmth Fund
  • The PrivateBank
  • The Senior Alliance Area Agency on Aging 1-C
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
  • United States Department of Agriculture
  • United Way for Southeastern Michigan
  • VSP Vision Care
  • Wayne County
  • Wayne County EDGE
  • Wayne County HOME
  • Wayne RESA
  • Westland Housing Commission
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