On July 1, 2019, South Oakland Shelter and Lighthouse of Oakland Country merged. Together, we are building brighter futures by being a stronger champion for those in need. The new Lighthouse offers the following services.
Emergency Food, Utilities, and Services
We are a lifeline for clients in crisis. Our pantry locations in Clarkston and Pontiac help feed more than 5,000 families each year, with 40% of recipients being children. Fresh fruits and vegetables are also delivered to homebound seniors.
Over 60 partner congregations host homeless guests for one week, providing a place to sleep, three hearty meals, fellowship, activities, and transportation services. We provide more than 11,000 nights of lodging each year and 80% of our shelter guests successfully exit into housing.
Our two-year transitional housing program for domestic violence victims and formerly homeless women with children provides intensive case management and wrap-around services. We serve more than 50 women and 100 children annually, with 88% exiting into stable housing.
Life Skills, Financial Literacy, and Follow Up Care
We help clients achieve long-term self-sufficiency through life skills, parenting, job training, money-management education, workshops, and follow-up care. 98% of our formerly homeless participants maintain their housing for the full-year of the follow-up care program.
Affordable and Supportive Housing
We develop and provide wrap-around services for single- and multi-family affordable and supportive housing units through our 70 apartments and 13 single-family homes and duplexes. We also provide assistance and supportive services to tenants of public housing commissions and private landlords. We are particularly excited that we just broke ground on our 64-unit Coolidge Place affordable residential development in Oak Park.
HandUp.org is a web-based social enterprise serving more than 100 homeless service agencies and their clients. HandUp Detroit’s organizations are working together to raise awareness and lifesaving support for clients, and have collectively raised more than $3.1 million in direct financial assistance.