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Our History & Purpose

The Out-Wayne County Continuum of Care began in 1996 under the name Out-Wayne County Homeless Services Coalition. Since then, it has evolved into a planning body made up of service providers, partner organizations, and community members working towards eliminating homelessness in the Out-Wayne County area. The Continuum of Care (COC) is recommended by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development as a comprehensive and strategic approach to address homelessness. 

Out-Wayne County's CoC Goals

  • Identify supportive services and housing needs
  • Connect individuals and families to affordable housing
  • Increase the capacity of  community partners to  eliminate homelessness
  • Raise and act on issues that cause homelessness and substandard housing.

Come See What We're About!

We welcome everyone from the community to attend our meetings and help to bring about solutions for changes. Katherine W. Phillips stated in Greater Good Magazine “Diversity enhances creativity. It encourages the search for novel information and perspectives, leading to better decision making and problem solving.”  Residents, businesses, service providers and  formerly homeless individuals are encouraged to attend our meetings. The only thing you need is a desire to make a difference in your community by being a part of our conversation.

CSBG-D Innovation Grant
People with Lived Experience Homelessness (PLEH) Program

In an effort to increase the participation of people of different races and ethnicities in the Out Wayne CoC we are working to increase our membership to include people with lived experience homelessness (PLEH).  Their lived experience will bring an awareness of what works, what doesn’t work and what resources need to be available in our communities.

We are currently seeking people who have experienced homelessness in the past seven years to participate in our PLEH Program. Participants will engage directly with the CoC.  Some benefits include:

A tiered stipend for PLEH participants is as follows:

  • $50 attend monthly general membership meetings
  • $75 attend committee meetings
  • $100 join a workgroup
  • $500 be a participant of the Human Library Project

Other compensation will include, technology, peer support, transportation, and professional development, among others.

We are now accepting nominations for PLEH to be apart of this excellent opportunity to join in our effort to end homelessness in Out Wayne County.  

Contact Laura Mann, CoCac Administrator, or 313-463-5444 for more information.