Homeless Services

Although Oakland County has a strong economy and many resources, there are still residents that are forced to choose between necessities like buying food, paying rent, or going to the doctor. At any given time there may be approximately 1200 persons experiencing literal homelessness, residing on the street, in a shelter, a place not meant for habitation, or in transitional housing. Neighborhood and Housing Development Division works closely with community partners to help those on the brink of or actively experiencing homelessness.

Some traditional "helpful" actions may disqualify individuals from receiving assistance from established programs, therefore, connecting the person to local organizations instead of giving them money directly (i.e., paying for hotel nights, creating GoFundMe accounts, etc.) is the best way to help. Remember to be cautious about sharing anyone's personal stories and details on social media accounts. Volunteering and/or donating to a local agency that works with unhoused persons is always helpful.

Lighthouse began in 1985 and has grown to serve residents with housing and other basic needs through wraparound services.

Call (248) 920-6000 (select prompt #1) for assistance with shelter needs or email shelter@lighthousemi.org. The Lighthouse website also gives information on its services.
Intake begins nightly at 5:00 p.m. on a first come, first served basis at: 249 Baldwin Ave, Pontiac, MI 48342.

If you are trying to assist someone experiencing homelessness, call (248) 499-7345 or visit the HOPE website for more information.
Blueprint to End Homelessness

Sen. Rosemary Bayer secured the $250,000 grant for the Blueprint to End Homelessness in 2019, but COVID-19 interrupted the completion of the plan until earlier this year. The plan is dedicated to eradicating homelessness in Oakland County through prevention, housing with wraparound services, reforming the system of care, and engaging the community.

The task force included Oakland County Neighborhood and Housing Development and Community Corrections, Alliance for Housing, Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine, HOPE, Community Housing Network, Lighthouse, Haven, Samaritas, Street Democracy, City of Ferndale, Centro Multicultural de la Familia and many others. Alliance for Housing was a valuable partner during the development process and as the lead non-profit agency dedicated to ending homelessness, coordinating housing, and funding to support Oakland County citizens experiencing homelessness it will be a lead partner during the implementation phase.