6/5/16 — Strengthening Our Community Through GOOD Housing
On April 8, 2016, Goodwill Northern Michigan opened Carson Square—a new 36-unit, 100% permanent supportive housing community. Within 45 days of officially “cutting the ribbon” for Carson Square, Goodwill’s Housing Support Services team worked together with local partners to fill 27 of the units at Carson Square (update: July 2016, all units are filled).
“This is a big win for our community,” said Sakura Raftery, Director of Housing. “We’ve really embraced the ‘Housing First’ approach to develop and provide safe, affordable, and permanent housing with ongoing supportive services to assist in achieving housing stability and individual well-being.”
Current Carson Square resident, Alicia, is one of the individuals recently housed. After struggling to survive and living on the streets, an illness landed Alicia in the hospital. She was transferred to the Goodwill Inn soon after. It was the first time in two years she had a safe and secure home to start her journey toward independence. Now, through her own hard work and the support of Goodwill’s expert housing support team, Alicia is looking forward to building upon her strengths and achieving her goals.
Goodwill is part of a network of collaborative partners and agencies, continually working toward ending homelessness in our community. Over the last year, Goodwill’s housing program served 1,027 individuals, including 75 veterans, 71 families, and 74 children. Family room occupancy at the Goodwill Inn was at 100% and we continue to have a need for family units. Read more about our GOOD Happenings.