We provide direct services as an opportunity to challenge the inequality that is seen in our community while creating an opportunity to organize those who are in need to become victors instead of victims against the system.

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Every Friday at 9:00am

Conner Capuchin Soup Kitchen
4390 Conner Ave, Detroit, MI 48215

An innovative court program that supports people while they address the root causes of their homelessness


In 2011, with support from our friends, Street Democracy and the Capuchin Soup Kitchen, we launched Street Outreach Court Detroit (SOCD) at the 36th District court to end the criminalization of poverty. The establishment of 36th District Court’s Street Outreach Court Detroit is a true example of collaborative effort leading to collaborative impact. 

DAC led the organizational effort by obtaining the commitment of the key community and governmental stakeholders and leading organizational meetings, while Street Democracy focused on the legal framework of SOCD, drafting court guidelines, process-mapping, external case management systems, creating a network of pro bono counsel, and program evaluation and improvement. In June 2012, after over 13 months of preparation and obtaining approvals, SOCD become the 23rd homeless court in the US. 

Street Outreach Court Detroit (“SOCD”) offers individuals who are homeless the opportunity to resolve certain civil infractions and misdemeanors by crediting their personal efforts to improve their lives toward their outstanding fines, costs and jail time.

Their efforts are guided by social service professionals and may include job training, education, drug rehabilitation and mental health treatment. By addressing all issues that led to their homelessness, SOCD gives participants the relief and tools they need to prevent.


How it Works?

Get A Plan

Participants meet with a social service nonprofit ("Provider") to create an individualized, achievable Action Plan to end their homelessness. After 30 days of progress, Participants are eligible to apply for the program.

Work the Plan

Participants continue working on their Action Plan under the close supervision of the Provider. During this time, Providers provide SOCD with regular status updates on Participants' progress.

Get Relief

Participants who demonstrate sustained effort toward their Action Plans are scheduled for an SOCD Hearing at Capuchin Soup Kitchen. After the Participant offers proofs of their progress, SOCD closes or dismisses all eligible cases, waiving most fines.

Interested: Join us Tuesdays at 11am for intake or call to see if you qualify:
4860 15th St
Detroit, MI 48208
(313) 451-4419

A new name, but our fight for living wage employment stays the same. 

Detroit is one of the most politically and economically marginalized communities in the country. To make matters worse, people of color and native Detroiters have largely been left out of Detroit’s recent “resurgence”. Detroit remains challenged in providing resources for all its citizens – especially the estimated 5,000 citizens returning to Wayne County each year from prison. Poor people, especially people of color, face a far greater risk of being fined, arrested, and even incarcerated for minor offenses than other Americans. Detroit cannot fully come back without providing opportunity for all its residents.

At a time when baby boomer workers are aging out of the workforce, employers need all the new candidates they can find. For all of the city’s residents to be fully incorporated in its resurgence, those who were formerly incarcerated and other “low-income” residents must be central and given opportunities for success. The JOBS (Job Opportunities for a Better Society) Project would act as a hiring hall for locals by systematically recruiting and bringing together individuals who face ongoing discrimination in the job market because of a record of past offenses and others within our community who struggle at finding employment to participate in the program. 

JOBS trains its participants to act on issues as leaders in their communities and in their workplaces. Through strategic partnerships with employers throughout the Metro Detroit region, JOBS has put over_ Detroit citizens to work in living wage jobs.

Every ___, participants, guests, and leaders gather at two training sites. We share our stories, listen to each other, and become leaders as we take part in this second chance jobs movement.