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Causes: Human Service Organizations, Human Services

Mission: The Michigan Coalition Against Homelessness (MCAH) is a statewide association consisting of housing, shelter, and service providers to the homeless as well as concerned citizens. It provides information, data, training, best practices, and advocacy on issues pertaining to affordable housing and human services. Incorporated in 1991, MCAH is a 501 (c ) (3) organization. MCAH pursues public awareness, advocacy, collaboration, data collection, and technical assistance to help reframe the way homelessness is perceived, and what and how services are provided to effectively address the issue. MCAH’s mission is to decrease the incidence of homelessness, improve the quality of services provided to people who are homeless, and effect systemic change relating to the root causes of homelessness.

Results: Success is be measured through utilization of the standardized data form that each event participant must complete when they enter homelessness assistance and prevention events. Through the use of this form, Continuums of Care (CoCs) are able to track the services that attendees access via the events. Corresponding follow-ups and referrals can also be tracked, when needed, to determine the level of continued progress/success.

Geographic areas served: The state of Michigan.

Programs: Project Homeless Connect (PHC), Homeless Awareness Week (HAW), CTEH AmeriCorps Program, and Michigan's Campaign to End Homelessness (CTEH).

Community Stories

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The issue of homelessness is a very complicated one and because of its complexity it has a myriad of human service agencies and not-for-profit organizations that are working on behalf of various population segments. It's extremely important to have a collective voice that will seek to enhance homeless services and, more importantly, seek to end homelessness altogether. MCAH is unique in it role and mission and the state is well-served by its efforts.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Michigan Coalition Against Homelessness (MCAH) has achieved statewide recognition for its advocacy role in support of the Michigan statewide campaign to end homeless. MCAH is also recognized across the state, and nationally, for its implementation of the Michigan Statewide Homeless Management Information System (MSHMIS). I have worked in the human services field, in various capacities, for 36 years and have begun my fifth year as part of the MCAH professional team. I see, on a daily basis, the dedication to informing policy and budget priority decisions, in the advocacy realm, and providing capable MSHMIS support to every county and region in Michigan. Through these efforts, there is much greater awareness of the nature and extent of homelessness in Michigan and local communities are better equipped to help homeless persons acquire stable housing and become productive citizens. I fondly think of our organization as the "A Team."

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been working for the Michigan Coalition Against Homelessness since March '12. In the time I've been here, I can see that all of the staff are compassionate toward the needs of homeless individuals. Most of the staff have the only complaint that they wish they could do more. MCAH is a wonderful organization that promotes homeless advocacy and awareness through several programs and its efforts through the Michigan Statewide Homeless Management Information System. With such a great group of people, I wouldn't want to work anywhere else!

Michelle105

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Michigan Coalition Against Homelessness (MCAH) has been raising awareness successfully for the homeless population for quite some time. Their involvement in providing grants to local counties through Project Homeless Connects has not only raised more awareness in local communities, but raised awareness statewide. The MCAH AmeriCorp program seeks out to help directly serve the homeless population as well as increase volunteerism for this population.