Freedom House Detroit (FHD) provides temporary housing; case management services to gain access to medical services, mental health services, pre-employment training, permanent housing search and placement, acculturation and English as a Second Language; legal aid; and basic needs such as hygiene, clothing, shelter, food, etc.
Do you have to be a survivor of torture to be eligible for your services?
No. A client must be an asylum seeker, refugee, or person seeking another form of humanitarian protection (TPS, humanitarian parolee, etc).
If someone is not eligible for your services do you assist with local referrals?
FHD provides referrals to other local legal and shelter services but cannot assist with relocation or services beyond this.
Expanded details of program’s services:
- Legal Aid – All clients in the temporary housing program receive legal aid for their asylum, TPS, or other humanitarian protection applications. FHD represents them at their asylum interview and in court for removal proceedings if applicable. FHD also assists with work authorization applications, adjustments of status and family reunifications.
- Social Services: Each client is assigned a case manager that is responsible for signing the client up for medical, mental health services, local transportation education, health education classes, acculturation workshops, volunteer opportunities, resume writing and employment search, when eligible signing them up for mainstream services (Medicaid, food assistance, etc), and assisting with rental education and housing search.
- Mental Health: Clients are provided individual and group therapy.
- Housing/Shelter: Eligible clients are provided temporary shared housing within the FHD facility. All residents have access to 3 meals and snacks daily, assigned beds and rooms, clothing, hygiene supplies, and access to transportation services. This service is limited to space availability.