EMPOWERING COMMUNITIES TO PREVENT AND END HOMELESSNESS
The Michigan Coalition Against Homelessness works with over 650 agencies to improve our systems and knowledge so that we can better serve those experiencing homelessness in Michigan. Through innovative trainings, resources, and technical support, we empower our community partners in the vital work they do at the local and regional level.
MCAH offers regular webinars on topics of interest to service providers, advocates, and other stakeholders. Miss one of our webinars? Recordings are now available on our YouTube channel.
Homeless Awareness Month
2024 Theme HAM
“Everyone Has A Role In Ending Homelessness”
How can each one of us play a role in ending homelessness by breaking down the barriers homeless and housing-challenged folks face in achieving safe and affordable long-term housing?
Homeless Awareness Month (HAM) takes place every November in Michigan to raise awareness about issues relating to housing insecurity and homelessness and to get communities invested in making a difference. MCAH promotes HAM throughout Michigan, providing support for local partner events and leading the state’s communication and awareness raising campaign.
Michigan’s observance, which has taken place for nearly 20 years, has become an essential part of our collective effort to promote awareness and understanding of those experiencing homelessness.
We’ll be hosting and promoting events around the state during the entire month of November, and we want you to join us! Register your event to be shared in our public Homeless Awareness Month calendar, and help raise awareness through MCAH’s social media educational campaign on Facebook.
Homeless Awareness Month Events
The Michigan Coalition Against Homelessness AmeriCorps Program has operated through MCAH since 2009 and places AmeriCorps service members with homeless service agencies across the state.
Our direct-service program connects service members (full-time or half-time) with housing and homeless service providers to help address gaps in services and increase the organization’s ability to provide these services. Members may serve in one of three available position types: Housing Search & Information Specialist, Outreach Specialist, and Resource Generation & Management Specialist. During the yearlong term of service, members will engage with those experiencing or at-risk of homelessness to provide services meant to provide connections to available services, assist with obtaining and maintaining housing, and to increase self-sufficiency and income.
We are currently taking applications for service member terms running January 22, 2024 – January 17, 2025
Applications can be accessed here.
Host Site Information
We’re currently seeking host site organizations for 23 member positions (17 full-time, 6 half-time). If you are interested in becoming a host site, contact Kelli Beavers at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Capacity Building to End Homelessness AmeriCorps VISTA program is a capacity-building focused national service program.
Our capacity-building program connects members (full-time) with housing and homeless service providers to provide indirect services meant to increase capacity, allowing the organization to become more efficient and effective in their operation. In this program, members complete service activities for one-year service terms in any of the following service areas: Community Assessment, Community Awareness & Engagement, Developing/Expanding Partnerships & Networks, Financial Resources, Material Development, Outreach, Program Development & Delivery, Technology Use, and Volunteer Recruitment & Management.
We’re currently accepting applications for host site organizations on a rolling basis.