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What We Do

For over 30 years, South Oakland Shelter (SOS) has been ending homelessness for individuals and families in crisis. With an emphasis on homeless prevention, sustainable housing solutions, and career development, SOS implements strategies and programs that provide realistic options for homeless and at-risk people seeking stabilization and self-sufficiency.

The Challenge

In 2015, 69,163 people experienced homelessness in Michigan
– of these, 21,284 (27%) resided in Metro Detroit.

Our Results:


80% of our shelter guests successfully secured housing, and a year later 88% of our clients are still in their home.

homeless or at-risk
individuals served in 2017

white-houseIn 2017, our congregations provided 11,114 nights of shelter and 33,324 meals to individuals and families experiencing homelessness.

Our Impact

“I want you to know that your help makes a difference. It’s made a difference in my life. I hope you continue to help other families that have been in my situation,” -Samantha

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Stay up to date with new activities, volunteer opportunities, and upcoming events at SOS through our monthly e-newsletter.

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You can make an immediate and lasting difference in the lives of individuals and families in need.

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The Rent Party

For the past two years, South Oakland Shelter has presented The Rent Party as an homage to the tradition of the 1920s that offered a DIY solution to families facing eviction while also playing a major role in the development of jazz and blues music. This year’s event will be held on Saturday, June 2, 2018 from 6:00 PM until 11:00 PM at the historic Stanley Kresge Estate in the Arden-Park East Boston Edison neighborhood of Detroit. We hope you will join us this year for what promises to be a roaring good time!

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Our Partners

Since our inception, South Oakland Shelter has partnered with over 100 congregations of diverse faiths to serve homeless individuals and families in our communities. We are so grateful for our congregation partners that have opened their doors to provide lodging, food, transportation, and meaningful daily interactions with caring volunteers.

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South Oakland Shelter is lead by an experienced Board of Directors and a staff of diverse individuals who are committed to ending homelessness and strengthening our community.


Find out more about South Oakland Shelter’s financial information according to our 2017 audit.

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