In Michigan, the "housing wage" needed to pay for a modest two-bedroom unit is $17.25 an hour.* Michigan's minimum wage is $9.45 an hour. As the gap between income and housing cost grow, more families face homelessness.
Without your generosity, many families would not have a comfortable and safe place to stay with nutritious meals. When you give to COTS, you support mothers and children escaping domestic violence, young parents who have aged out of foster care services, and fathers having trouble finding shelter for themselves and their children.
Won't you please consider a gift today to to help families as they build better futures for themselves and improve their quality of life?
With your help, we continue to invest in housing solutions and services that increase housing stability, improve health, and decrease the number of chronically homeless individuals. In the past year:
COTS Family-Only Emergency Shelter moved to Peggy's Place in Detroit's Fitzgerald neighborhood. It operates at capacity with an average of 40 families daily.
- 322 children were served
- 198 adults were served
- 48,177 meals were served
- 2,875 hours of childcare were provided
More than 200 households were provided housing in either one of COTS properties or one of nearly 200 leased homes in and around metropolitan Detroit. Their housing is provided at an affordable rate with access to community-based services and resources that address their immediate and long-term needs.
- 292 children were served
- 216 adults were served
According to The National Alliance to End Homelessness, today more than ever, there is a shortage of quality, safe, and affordable housing for low-income families in Detroit. In response to this issue, renovations began at COTS historic building in Midtown Detroit. This renovated space will offer 56 two- and three-bedroom apartments for families who have experienced housing instability. They will benefit from resources such as transportation, employment, education, arts, culture, and entertainment - things that many of them have not had consistent access to and things that will support their family stability and overall success.
Your support continues to provide shelter, food, and other necessities while also allowing families at COTS to focus on things such as training for jobs, enrolling in school, or learning how to budget. Thought COTS Passport to Self-Sufficiency™, families have access to coaching, mentoring, and community resources that help reach their housing, economic, health, education, and career goals. The action plans that they create help to eliminate barriers that may have contributed to their homelessness while also helping to break the cycle of poverty for the next generation and beyond.
Together, we fuel their determination to reach their goals, move into housing, and obtain family stability.
*Source: National Low Income Housing Coalition's annual Out of Reach report.