Getting a boost to a new life
Wellspring Lutheran Services has identified that the lack of safe and affordable housing is one of the most significant challenges facing our children and families, particularly young adults. A survey of former Wayne County foster care youth revealed that 47% of the respondents have experienced one or more periods of homelessness prior to age 20 and 23% were homeless immediately upon leaving foster care.
To meet these challenges, Wellspring Lutheran Services worked with the Damone Group to develop Oakman Place at 811 Oakman Blvd. in Detroit to help struggling families. Oakman Place offers nine one-bedroom and 15 two-bedroom units on Oakman Boulevard, just east of the Focus: HOPE campus. The one-bedroom units are reserved for homeless youth and one of the two bedroom units for homeless families. The remaining units have been made available to families at 60% AMI (Area Media Income) or below.
Wellspring Lutheran Services provides an opportunity for homeless youth to obtain housing and supportive services as they move into the adult world of self-sufficiency and independence. Supportive services are provided onsite, including case managers, educational liaisons and employment specialists.