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.
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.
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:
ST LEO’S SOUP KITCHEN
4860 15th St
Detroit, MI 48208