Community Housing Network assistance programs.

A wide area is supported by Community Housing Network, or CHN. The agency administers solutions across the counties of Oakland, Macomb, and Wayne in Michigan, which are the state's largest. More details on their programs are below, but they mostly resolve around rehousing and homeless prevention. They also administer government aid from Shelter Plus Care and other solutions.

Oakland HOME is for potential buyers. It is for residents with a low income and/or poor credit scores. This program is federally funded and a key partner is the government in Oakland County, as they administer it. The goal is to create affordable housing for low to moderate income households.

All properties in the HOME program undergo extensive rehab or modifications to ensure the home is maintenance-free for several years. This work can address new roofs, windows, doors, flooring, kitchen appliances, cabinetry, updated plumbing and electrical, etc.

In addition to the repairs, Oakland County grants each approved applicant assistance which helps fill the financial gap between their mortgage loan and purchase price. Disabled people and the working poor in Southeast Michigan, including Detroit, often need help in finding options for suitable housing, and HOME can fill that need.

CHN recognizes the importance of this issue, and therefore have created a number of Housing and Transition Planning tools to help this population. There is also help for their families, caregivers, and other support people. While some of the low income clients may be able to successfully find housing with minimal assistance from the agency, they will also provide more intensive one-on-one guidance, as needed.

Resources provided by GMOA - Getting My Own Address include guidance in developing long-term housing plans. Services are available from Community Housing Network to residents of Oakland, Macomb, and Wayne Counties who have any type of disability. All support professionals, family members, and relatives are included in the process to ensure the highest level of success.

PATH, or the Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness programs are regarded as a tool for leading to services and support for homeless and at-risk individuals with a disability. It is also for people with a serious mental illnesses and/or substance abuse disorders, with priority given to those who are literally homeless and living on the streets.




There may be assistance with accessing all available entitlements and benefits, plus links to resources for housing, homeless prevention and other services. This is available toward the goal of forming a network of support for clients who are transitioning into permanent housing.

In addition, the PATH team routinely conducts outreach throughout Oakland and Wayne County to identify those who are not being helped by some of the more traditional government services and resources. PATH services, including cash grants for rent, are offered through the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Continuum of Care (CoC) Program.

Additional referrals to mainstream physical or mental health care care and substance abuse service systems are available, as well. For more information, call the non-profits Housing Resource Center at 248-928-0111.

The non-profit CHN is administrator of a number of HUD Homeless Assistance Grants, which is used to pay for the Leasing Assistance and Shelter Plus Care Programs. These resources assist people in finding affordable rental units for disabled individuals and their families.

Shelter Plus Care from Community Housing Network is available to Oakland County individuals and families who lack fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residences. This would apply to those who are living in a place not for human habitation, is in a privately operated shelter designated to provide temporary living arrangements, or on the streets. There is also support for people in congregate shelters, transitional housing, and hotels and motels.

CHN offers programs and resources for veterans as well as their families. They provide programming and support in the areas of housing, grants for utilities, financial assistance, and care for physical disabilities. Additionally, they operate the following housing stability programs for veterans. There are funds for security deposits as part of Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG), Foreclosure Prevention Counseling, Homeless Leasing Assistance Programs, and more.




Christmas help is offered for the very low income and people in shelters as part of the CHN’s Adopt A Family Program. This provides free holiday gifts and basic necessities, even including meals, to clients and their families. Most people that apply are on very limited incomes and might otherwise go without gifts during the holidays.

Since many of the clients, including children, are in the process of transitioning from homelessness and are working toward gaining financial stability and permanent housing in Wayne or Macomb County, they are in need of very basic items. So around the holidays there may be free boots, hats, coats, toys and gloves, along with clothing and household items.

Community Housing Network has a few offices, as noted here.

  • Oakland County - 570 Kirts Blvd., Troy, MI 48084, 248-928-0111
  • Wayne Office is at 35425 W. Michigan Ave., Ste. 3649, Wayne, MI 48184,  main phone 734-419-7538
  • Macomb Office is at the Hope Center. The address is 33222 Groesbeck Hwy., Fraser, MI 48026, or call 866-282-3119.



By Jon McNamara

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