To provide leadership to address homelessness.

Ending Homelessness

HAND is a leader in ending homelessness in Detroit, Hamtramck and Highland Park. It is our mission to end homelessness and help others with a similar mission find the funding and resources to make this a reality. We do this by raising awareness, securing funding and collecting data on people experiencing homelessness in the region.

What We Do

The Homeless Action Network of Detroit (HAND) was created by local service providers, as a regional planning  organization, to provide leadership to address homelessness in Detroit, Hamtramck, and Highland Park and coordinate funding and provide access to resources to support their mission of ending homelessness in the region. Since 1996, HAND has served as the region’s leading resource on issues related to homelessness. This includes coordinating funding and resources to the agencies supporting people experiencing homelessness.

HAND is dedicated to increasing awareness of homelessness in the region and advocating for solutions that will address and end homelessness in our community.  To accomplish this HAND directs the regions Homeless Management Information System (HMIS), to ensure we have accurate information on who is homeless in our community, what their needs are, and what is working to address those needs.

As a resource for identifying the solutions to end homelessness and advocating on behalf of those who are homeless, HAND works its members, which include service providers, community development organizations and governments to finding and implementing solutions to address homelessness in our community.

By The Numbers

  • In January 2015 - 564,708 people were homeless on a given night in the United States according to HUD's 2015 AHAR Report.
  • Of that number, 206,286 were people in families with children and 358,422 were individuals.
  • In 2014, there were 97,642 people counted as homeless in Michigan.
  • 16,040 people who were homeless were counted in the HMIS during 2015, in Detroit, Hamtramck and Highland Park.
  • 193 were children, under the age of 18, without a parent or caregiver.
  • 5,990 were adults and children in families.
  • 2,107 were Chronically Homeless
  • 1,562 Veterans were served in 2015.
  • Approximately 9% of people who were homeless reported having some college education.