Southwest Solutions

aka Southwest Counseling Solutions, Southwest Housing Solutions, Southwest Economic Solutions   |   Detroit, MI   |  www.swsol.org

Mission

The mission of Southwest Solutions is to enhance the quality of life, success and self-sufficiency of individuals and families in Detroit. Founded in 1970 as a community mental health agency, the nonprofit organization now provides more than 40 programs that together serve over 12,000 people a year. Our programs include mental health counseling, children and youth services, affordable and supportive housing, veteran services, homeownership services, real estate and commercial development, financial coaching, job training and adult literacy, and more. We are the lead agency to end homelessness in Detroit. Southwest Solutions integrates its services in a holistic approach to address the multiple needs of those we assist so they have the best chance to improve their lives and futures.

Ruling year info

1986

President and CEO

Sean de Four

Main address

5716 Michigan Avenue, suite 3000

Detroit, MI 48210 USA

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EIN

38-2672000

NTEE code info

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Economic Development (S30)

Housing Development, Construction, Management (L20)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We address multiple needs and issues related to poverty, mental health, homelessness, affordable housing, illiteracy, unemployment, and more.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Counseling and Wellness

Southwest Solutions provides many program to help individuals of all ages improve their behavioral and physical health and their quality of life.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Families

We provide a broad range of services and housing assistance for families, veterans and individuals experiencing homelessness or at-risk of homelessness.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Southwest Solutions and our partners offer a comprehensive array of programs to assist veterans who are homeless, formerly homeless, or at-risk of becoming homeless. These programs provide services and resources, including the opportunity for housing or housing assistance, to help the veterans avoid or recover from homelessness, develop self-sufficiency and reintegrate into the community.

Population(s) Served
Veterans

Southwest Solutions offers a variety of workforce development programs to help individuals acquire the education, skills, training, and job opportunities to secure sustainable employment. These programs are designed to address the particular needs and barriers of the individuals seeking work and greater economic security and success.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Economically disadvantaged people

Southwest Solutions provides a wide variety of programs to help families and individuals find, buy, repair and keep their homes. We also provide affordable, quality apartments and townhomes for rent.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Economically disadvantaged people

Southwest Solutions is a nationally recognized leader in the planning and implementing of a comprehensive and innovative neighborhood revitalization strategy. This strategy involves rehabilitating buildings to provide hundreds of affordable and supportive housing units, eliminating blight, building new construction, promoting homeownership, and creating and leasing space for commercial, cultural and community use.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our mission is to enhance the quality of life, success and self-sufficiency of individuals and families in Detroit. We implement a holistic approach and engage in a comprehensive neighborhood revitalization effort.

The men and women in our community struggle with multiple needs ranging from homelessness, illiteracy, unemployment, mental and physical illness and more. To solve a single issue, does not necessarily improve the livelihood of the individual we are seeking to help. Consequently, we offer a range of services to offer those we help the greatest chance of success.

Southwest Solutions operates with a combined annual budget of approximately $43M and we employ 340 individuals.

Southwest Solutions is the largest provider of behavioral health services in southwest Detroit and serves 2,500 individuals each year. We have placed into housing more than 1,900 homeless persons. More than 2,000 people reside in our quality, affordable apartments and townhomes that we have developed or redeveloped. More than 2,400 families are homeowners due to our programs. Our workforce development programs have assisted 2,750 adults improve their job skills. More than 800 ethnic and immigrant entrepreneurs have graduated from our entrepreneurial training program.. Through GED/ESL training we have helped 1,500 individuals qualify for employment and job training opportunities.

We continue to seek new, innovative and effective ways to improve the quality of life for those in our community.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Southwest Solutions

Board of directors
as of 02/22/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Stephanie Miller


Board co-chair

Mark Lezotte

Ron Rose

Daniel Share

Duane Lewis

Angela Baldwin

Elaine Buckberg

Brad Critchfield

Albert Fields

Naheed Huq

Vanessa Johnson

Steve Kosuda

Chris Lezovich

Milton Mack

Ashley McLeod

Aleksandra Miziolek

Avec O’Brien

Doris Patrick

Joe Tasse

DeWayne Wells

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 5/17/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data