Supportive and affordable housing is a challenge for many Washtenaw County residents.

Securing housing can be particularly difficult for those exiting jail and transitioning back into the community, as well as those with mental health or substance use disorders. Accordingly, the millage is playing a key role in developing sustainable solutions to housing needs.

Supportive Housing Contracts

The millage provided over $1 million in grants to four housing organizations: The Shelter Association of Washtenaw County, Avalon Housing, Ypsilanti Housing Commission, and Ozone House. These three-year grants provide additional shelter beds, fund behavioral health and primary care services, and strengthen case management to ensure that client needs are met.

Homelessness Prevention Support

A $15,000 millage grant allowed WCCMH to provide diversion activities for individuals who may be at risk for homelessness. This can include money to pay for food, utility assistance, and discharge planning—ensuring patients in emergency departments have safe housing before leaving. These actions are aimed at preventing individuals from needing to stay in shelters.