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Michigan Coalition Against Homelessness

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Nonprofit Overview

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

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Rating: 5

Working with MCAH has been a wonderful experience. Through workshops, daily tasks, and a great office atmosphere I have really grown at this organization. The complex issue of homelessness is one that was always interesting to me but I didn't know where and how to begin helping. The Michigan Coalition Against Homelessness has given me extraordinary opportunities to educate myself and those around me on this important issue!


Rating: 5

Although my time with Michigan Coalition Against Homelessness (MCAH) has been short lived, the experiences I have gained while volunteering have been rewarding. The amount of teamwork that is produced from this agency is incredible, and effective in raising awareness for local homelessness around our state of Michigan. The MCAH program seeks to provide support and guidance to those who need it, and as a result, the gratitude is well-reflected among the staff and team members. I look forward to the future MCAH has, and the ability the agency has to change the face of homelessness in our own state; and I am honored to have been a part of it.



Rating: 5

My time at the Michigan Coalition Against Homelessness (MCAH) has been very rewarding. Beginning with my first day I immediately felt welcomed by the helpful staff. Within no time I was immersed within the issue area of homelessness, constantly learning and at every turn, being supported by staff members and my supervisor. Frequent connections with the Executive Director always kept me on track and reassured that my work was meeting expectations. I was always encouraged to give my full disgression on issues, insuring that my work had a real impact. This all attributed to the high level of professionalism in my first office experience, helping me develop new and applicable skills for the future. My experiences at MCAH greatly affected me and my outlook, overall leaving a very positive impact.

Kelly Lennon


Rating: 5

The Michigan Coalition Against Homelessness (MCAH) is a wonderful place to volunteer. I felt as though I was part of a supportive team with the staff members, and that we were all working towards the common goal of preventing and advocating for homelessness. My experiences at MCAH were very fruitful, and I appreciated my supervisor's guidance to teach me how a successful non-profit is managed. The skills I developed at MCAH will carry over into any other non-profit organizations, or businesses that I work for, due to their professional nature. I am very grateful to MCAH for investing the time and energy necessary to turn my volunteering time into what felt like a valuable and transferable apprenticeship.