What We Do

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.

The Challenge

In 2015, 69,163 people experienced homelessness in Michigan
– of these, 21,284 (27%) resided in Metro Detroit.

Our Results:

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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 2016

white-houseIn 2016 our congregations provided 11,072 nights of shelter and 33,216 meals.

Our Impact

“A lot of times people say that you are one paycheck away from being homeless, and it’s true.”

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You can make an immediate and lasting difference in the lives of individuals and families in need.

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The Rent Party

In the spirit of the rent party tradition, which offered a DIY solution for families facing eviction in the 1920s while playing a major role in the historic development of jazz and blues music, South Oakland Shelter presents: The Rent Party. The event will be held on Saturday, June 3rd at the former Stanley Kresge estate – renovated by Paddy Lynch – in the Arden Park-East Boston Edison Historic District.

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Our Partners

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.

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Leadership

South Oakland Shelter is lead by an experienced Board of Directors and a staff of diverse individuals who are committed to ending homelessness and strengthening our community.

Financials

Find out more about South Oakland Shelter’s financial information according to our 2016 audit.

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