Empower

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.

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Trainings & Educational Opportunities

Agencies across Michigan are doing amazing things to prevent and end homelessness, and MCAH works to bring in exciting new resources so we can always be improving. We hope you’ll join us at one of our upcoming trainings.

Have a training topic that you’d like us to bring to Michigan, or have a specific topic that you need some technical assistance on? Contact Allison Green at agreen@mihomeless.org // 517-853-3888.

Webinars

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

“Destination Home:  Sharing the Common Goal of Housing For All” 

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? 

 

Thank you to our 2023 artwork winner!

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 Toolkit and Resources

For more information, contact Amy Stephenson at:  astephenson@mihomeless.org

Homeless Awareness Month Events

AmeriCorps Programs

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.

Direct Service Program

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.

Member Information

We are currently taking AmeriCorps Member applications through this link until September 13th. 

Host Site Information

If you are interested in becoming a host site or learning more about the program, contact Eric Krogsrud at ekrogsrud@mihomeless.org

 

 

VISTA Program

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.

For more information about either program, contact the program director, Kelli Beavers, at kbeavers@mihomeless.org or 517-853-3897.

You can also access our FAQ MCAH’s AmeriCorps Communication & FAQ 2023.