Homeless, Not Helpless......

People United As One (P.U.A.O.) was formed by homeless people in 1991 to help severely low income people make the transition into independent, and self-sufficient living. The organization has managed a twenty unit single room occupancy, transitional housing program since 1991. The building is located in the Cass Corridor area in the heart of the inner city of Detroit, Michigan.

In addition to housing, the residents receive assessment/appraisal and needs service plan. They can receive counseling in life management skills, behavior modification and job readiness. We also provide referrals to Alcoholic & Narcotic Anonymous counseling if needed, as well as referrals to permanent housing.

P.U.A.O is committed to helping people raise their lifestyles above the poverty level, to developing affordable housing, jobs, and educational opportunities for themselves. P.U.A.O serves the homeless, low income, parolees, and persons with HIV.

People United As One established in May 1991 by the homeless and formally homeless individuals. PUAO is a non-profit organization dedicated to addressing homeless issues. Our program has afforded homeless individuals the opportunity to obtain basic living skills training, financial assistance, life management skills, social and psychological counseling, support services, and in several cases, the ability to continue or complete education goals. Since our inception our transitional housing program has serviced over 500 homeless residents. We have actualized a 78% overall success rate which includes a 52% success rate of hard core cases, fully transcending to a productive and self-sufficient lifestyle. In January 1999, PUAO entered into a joint venture limited partnership with Phoenix Communities Inc., a leader in affordable new residential housing development. This minority collaborative has completed the nearly $5 million, 38 one and two bedroom apartment development. The official opening of this new construction multi-family housing development, was held March 27, 2002. With the culmination of this project we are elated to provide permanent housing for low and moderate-income persons. Our transitional housing program has implemented our new human supportive service program, “Make It Happen in Detroit.” MIHID is formulated to help our families take control of their lives for the betterment of themselves and their families.

Pleas view the photos from our grand opening.