Freedom House Detroit is the only organization in the United States providing shelter, legal services and comprehensive social services at no charge and all under one roof for asylum seekers--refugees from around the world who are fleeing violence and persecution due to their political beliefs, religious affiliation, nationality, race or sexual orientation.
Freedom House was recently informed that its Housing and Urban Development (HUD) grant, which accounts for 60% of the annual budget and which it has received for the last 20 years, would not be renewed due to shifting priorities at the federal agency The rejection comes despite the fact that Freedom House is one of Detroit’s most successful HUD grantees: 93% of Freedom House’s clients exit the program into permanent, independent housing.
Effective April 1, 2017, Freedom House must operate without HUD funding. In order to continue to provide quality comprehensive services to individuals from around the world fleeing persecution and torture, seeking asylum, we need your help.
While we work to secure sustained funding, we will lower our shelter capacity to 25-30 residents (from 40). Even so, we need your help to bridge the funding gap and ensure our residents’ safety and freedom. Freedom House needs to raise $100,000 by April 1, 2017. These funds will enable us to continue to provide comprehensive services to our residents through the end of the year.
Freedom House Detroit is a temporary home for indigent survivors of persecution from around the world who are seeking asylum in the United States and Canada. Our mission is to uphold a fundamental American principle, one inscribed on the base of the Statue of Liberty, providing safety for those “yearning to breathe free.”
Guided by our belief that all persons deserve to live free from oppression and to be treated with justice, compassion and dignity, we offer a continuum of care and services to our residents as well as to other refugees in need. We advocate for systemic change that more fully recognizes the rights of asylum seekers.