A Look at Over 34 Years of Service
In the Beginning: When the Macomb Coalition for Emergency Shelter (MCES) was founded in 1984, it was for the purpose of creating a place for homeless men and women to find shelter from the elements. Until 1984, the only shelter for those without permanent housing was Turning Point, which had been founded in 1979 as a facility for survivors of domestic assault, primarily women and their children.
While this group considered transitional shelter also, their first concern was developing emergency shelters. And so a non-profit association of service providers was created and named to reflect that commitment.
The Work Begins: At that point MCES founders began the campaign which would result in The Salvation Army MATTS (Macomb's Answer to Temporary Shelter) facility opened in Warren. Subsequent to that, MCES participated in helping form MCREST (Macomb County Rotating Emergency Shelter Team) founded in 1988 by a small number of volunteers and dedicated churches.
Today: Today, the Macomb Homeless Coalition attracts diverse agencies, non-profit organizations, business leaders, government entities and interested county citizens to collaborate closely on the needs, solutions and efficient delivery of services to our county's citizens who are homeless or at-risk of becoming homeless. Our Point-in-Time Count of January 25, 2017 showed 354 people who were found on the streets including 52 children. 2573 of our citizens that were served from July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017.. The Macomb Continuum of Care oversees the analysis and coverage of services while dedicated service providers assess, assist and refer the individual need. Statistics are maintained for results measurement and show that Coalition members have provided over 3000 county citizens a more permanent housing solution over the past three years.
Future: Our challenging economy has forced more individuals and families than ever to ask for help and has resulted in a higher number of citizens without homes or to become at-risk. Significant effort is being put forth through homeless prevention programs to stabilize a family or individual's situation while working on a more permanent solution. Consider assisting the Macomb Homeless Coalition through volunteerism and membership to this important work.
Macomb Homeless Coalition Bylaws
To act as an advocate for the homeless and potentially homeless in Macomb County by Collaborating efforts that promote and sustain self-sufficiency.