Community Housing Network gathers and updates resources on a regular basis, and is happy to share them with the community. See below for the resources. We have additional resources in our Housing Planning Library in the Housing & Transition Planning area of our website.
Can't find what you're looking for or need additional help? Our Housing Resource Center housing specialists are available to assist you Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Please call 248-928-0111 or toll-free 866-282-3119.
Abuse - How to Report
If someone is in immediate danger or crisis, refer to 911.
Knowing where accessible apartments are, how close a particular home is to buses, stores, and restaurants, and how to search for affordable housing is a major step to creating a good housing plan. Additional information is available in the Housing Planning Library located on the Community Housing Network's website.
Each year, typically in
December, HUD releases information about "income limits” that is often one
of the factors used to determine eligibility in housing programs. Programs may
require that the household be defined as "very low income” (under 50% of
the area median income) or "extremely low income” (under 30% of the area
median income) in order to qualify for assistance. Many other programs,
including MSHDA locally, use these numbers to determining if a household meets
the eligibility guidelines for a program.
The information is based
upon the local median household income that calculates what the average total
household income in a local area. HUD did use some additional formulas to come up
with the calculations to equate for differences across the United States and
these numbers have been published in their charts to determine eligibility. For
2015 these numbers were updated 3/6/2015. To use the calculator for the 2015 calendar
year, and look up any area in the United States, please visit:
For easy reference, for
our local area, we have compiled a chart below that has the calculations
already populated for the "Detroit-Warren-Livonia, MI HUD Metro FMR Area”
which includes a geographical area that encompasses Lapeer, Macomb, Oakland,
St. Clair and Wayne counties.
There are a number of agencies that help with clothing, winter coats, work clothes, and supplies for school children. Many faith based organizations and community centers have clothing closets. Community Organizations like Love Inc, Community Action Centers have clothing resources.
Outpatient services provided from a community mental health system is available when a person needs supports to live in their community and has limited resources. The process to get Outpatient services is done through ACCESS. Use this resource for people that ask how to get into a group home, and when direct supports are needed, and their personal resources cannot meet their basic needs.
In-patient services in Macomb County Community Mental Health are sought when a person has mental health crisis, is threatening to hurt themselves, or others. These services may be entered through ACCESS.
Substance abuse in-patient services can be reached through CARE.
Intake to Macomb County Community Mental Health Access Center
Community Mental Health Resources - Oakland County
Outpatient services provided from a community mental health system is available when a person needs supports to live in their community and has limited resources. The process to get Outpatient services is done at Common ground. Use this resource for people that ask how to get into a group home, and when direct supports are needed, and their personal resources cannot meet their basic needs.
Inpatient Services - Oakland County Community Mental Health are sought when a person has mental health crisis, is threatening to hurt themselves, or others these services maybe entered through OASIS
Substance abuse in-patient services can be reached through P.AC.E. Community Mental Health Oakland
Crisis Center (800)
New location 1200
N. Telegraph Rd.
Common Ground Intake to Outpatient Services
Oakland County Community Mental Health more
Community Mental Health Resources - Wayne County
provided from a community mental health system is available when a person needs
supports to live in their community and has limited resources. Use this resource for people that ask how to
get into a group home, and when direct supports are needed, and their personal
resources cannot meet their basic needs.
Wayne County Community Mental Health are sought when a person has mental health
crisis, is threatening to hurt themselves, or others. These services may be entered through WCCMH
Agency by calling the intake/screening line.
Substance abuse in-patient services
can be reached through the mental health intake and screening line.
Wayne County Community Mental Health Intake & Screening (800) 241-4949
This is a 24-Hour Help Line and Mental Health Referral, providing emergency telephone referral and counseling services. The Help Line also links residents to comprehensive ongoing mental health care and treatment services available through the Detroit-Wayne County CMH system. There are also Crisis Screening and Referral Centers for those experiencing a mental health crisis (see below).
Here is a list of criminal background checks. They are helpful when people are considering having a roommate. This list also includes a disclaimer, which will assist in determining whether a person is safe and suitable.
The Department of Health and Human Services is the first stop for
financial resources, food assistance, and home help dollars. Most, if
not all, agencies want to see proof of applying or a denial from DHHS
before providing financial assistance. Callers should complete a State
Emergency Relief (SER) form in order to apply for other financial
assistance. Due to delays in receiving official notification of a
decision it is highly recommended that the applicant make a copy of the
entire packet before submitting to DHHS for their own reference.
There are many support groups and advocacy agencies to support those with disabilities. The below list are a few that CHN works with regularly. A search on the internet for any known disability will find an advocacy agency for that disability. Advocacy agencies are great for resources specific to the particular disability.
Emergency Basic Needs, Services, and SMART bus map, in Oakland County
Oakland County Basic Needs Map and Service list here.
SMART launched its new website
to give quick access to information. The site is mobile device-friendly,
designed to work on any smartphone or tablet. The one-click, icons take you to the
most popular pages - Schedules and Fares and Passes. The newest feature - Bus Tracker - gives you the buses arrival time to your
bus stop. more
Employment & Vocational Resources
This document provides resources for a variety of needs, including links for those interested in pursuing employment as well as supportive environments for those with disabilities.
Placement and Vocation (877) 620-7943 Clinton Twp (586) 412-1510 more
Fair Housing Act: Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968, as amended, prohibits discrimination in the sale, rental, and financing of dwellings, and in other housing related transaction, based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status, and disability. Section 504 of the Rehabilitation act of 1973: requires reasonable accommodation in rules, policies or service to people with disabilities. Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990: prohibits discrimination based on disability in programs, services and activates provided or made available by public entities. HUD enforces title II when it relates to state and local public housing, housing assistance, and housing referrals.
Fair Housing Center
Macomb, Oakland, Wayne (313) 963-1274
Housing and Urban Development
Enforces fair housing act and America’s with Disabilities Act (800) 669-9777 more
Fair Market Rent
FMR stands for Fair Market Rent and is an established average rent for the local area. Because it covers a wide expanse (three counties locally) this cannot be confused with rent reasonableness for a specific community. There are two different calculations used in our area depending on the program funding. There are often HUD FMR and HUD MSHDA. It is often important to check the funding source when a person is involved with a specific program (i.e. Section 8, local subsidies, or leasing assistance)to determine what number to provide.
The FMR is needed when getting financial assistance from a housing commission or other grants. These numbers represent the maximum allowed and considers number of bedrooms for the unit. Number of bedrooms is typically based on two heartbeats per room, but can often be calculated with extenuating circumstances such as disability, gender and generations that comprise the specific family makeup.
Housing Financial Assistance can be for a variety
of purposes, depending on specific program criteria and eligibility, as well as
funding availability. Limited, short term financial assistance can sometimes
include funds designated for preventing evictions, assisting an individual or
family in securing new housing, or helping with utility shut offs or
reconnections. Please note the programs could be at Community Housing Network
or partner agencies and community partners.
Often, agencies providing assistance want to be the
"payee of last resort” and require documentation to demonstrate that the
applicant first sought out other resources. It is recommended that those
interested in assistance fill out an SER (State Emergency Relief) Form at DHS
to meet this requirement. It is also strongly encouraged that before submitting
the completed form, which the applicants make a copy to demonstrate that they
applied. For more specific information about DHS in a local area please visit http://michigan.gov/dhs/0,4562,7-124-5459_5461---,00.html.
Angels of Hope 47496 Greenbriar Lane Macomb, MI 48044 (586) 226-3146 Cash grants offered to family with children who have cancer.Including: rental, mortgage assistance, autoor home repair, utility assistance.
Food resources are available in most local communities through faith based organizations. Rather than have a list by city we have provided a link that will allow you to find a local food pantry in your area.
We provide housing to meet a variety needs in the SE
Michigan community. This video offers tours of some of our housing
options, explains how these options meet residents’ needs, and highlights how we
have creatively utilized multiple funding streams to develop safe, decent, and
affordable housing. It is available full screen on our Video Page.
CHN is again one of Crain's Cool Places to Work!
Community Housing Network is excited to once again be one of Crain's Cool Places to Work! Check out Crain's list here, and check out our video for just some of the reasons why CHN is a great Cool Place to Work.
For a third year in a row, CHN a Top 100 Workplace!
For the third year in a row, Community Housing Network has been chosen as a Top 100 Workplace by the Detroit Free Press in the small company category!
New design for our CHN Housing Hub blog!
We are excited to announce a
brand new look for our CHN Housing Hub blog, launched at the beginning of the year!
Our staff experts in multiple areas of housing share useful and valuable
information in each post in six categories: Inclusive Communities; Housing
Crisis; Fair Housing; Housing Stability; Long-term Housing Solutions; and
Housing Policy. Your comments are also welcome for each post!
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