For over 30 years, South Oakland Shelter (SOS) has been ending homelessness for individuals and families in crisis. With an emphasis on homeless prevention, sustainable housing solutions, and career development, SOS implements strategies and programs that provide realistic options for homeless and at-risk people seeking stabilization and self-sufficiency.
In 2014, 97,624 people experienced homelessness in Michigan – an increase of over 4% from 2012.
Of these, 26,490 (27%) resided in Metro Detroit.
80% of our shelter guests successfully secured housing, and a year later 88% of our clients are still in their home.
homeless or at-risk
individuals served in 2015
In 2015 our congregations provided 10,842 nights of shelter and 32,253 meals.
“This past year has really been difficult for me. I found myself homeless after leaving a tumultuous relationship. I entered SOS’s emergency shelter, determined to beat the odds.”
In the spirit of the rent party tradition of Harlem, which offered a DIY solution for families facing eviction in the 1920’s, while playing a major role in the historic development of jazz and blues music, SOS presents: The Rent Party.
Since our inception, South Oakland Shelter has partnered with over 100 congregations of diverse faiths to serve homeless individuals and families in our communities. We are so grateful for our congregation partners that have opened their doors to provide lodging, food, transportation, and meaningful daily interactions with caring volunteers.