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).
As a board member I have watched MCAH grow in services and relevance over the past five years. The staff is incredible and driven by the mission. I am always impressed and heartened to hear and witness the work happening in all the communities in Michigan. Keep up the great work!
I've been a Board member of the Michigan Coalition against Homelessness for the past six or more years. I worked as Executive Director of a non-profit development organization for affordable, permanent, and supportive housing of homeless individuals and families with disabilities for the past ten years. I have found the Coalition very helpful since it quantifies the issue of homelessness in our State, and has become very effective at working with community organizations in addressing ten year plans to end homelessness in our state. I have been happy with Coalition's ability to seek and work within partnerships in accomplishing this very important work. It is one of the most efficient organizations I have had the pleasure of working with in my 30 years of non-profit organization administration.