National Runaway Switchboard
This hotline helps runaways find local shelters, transitional housing, and other resources. It can
even help arrange for them to get a free bus ticket home. Please look under "Emergency Travel" for information on companies that will transport the runaway home FREE! Volunteers and professional
staff also work to prevent troubled kids from leaving home in the first place.
National Runaway HOTLINE
National Hope Network
(Runaway & Suicide Resources)
Michigan Runaway Hotline
Gateway Community Services Statewide Crisis Line
Wayne County Behavioral Health
Psychiatric Intervention Center Helps
Covenant House Michigan
Covenant House Nineline 1-800-999-9999
2959 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Detroit MI 48208
Offers young people counseling, education and vocational programs, legal services, substance
abuse prevention, parenting classes, mentoring, ESL,cultural enrichment programs and shelter
from the streets. Staffers take calls on any subject and have access to a database of 30,000 social services agencies throughout the country, including the 15 Covenant House shelters. Ages 13 to 22.
Alternatives for Girls JUST ADDED 4/8/2013
903 W. Grand Blvd.
Detroit MI 48208
Alternatives For Girls helps homeless and high-risk girls and young women avoid violence, teen pregnancy and exploitation, and helps them to explore and access the support, resources and opportunities necessary to be safe, to grow strong and to make positive choices in their lives. AFG accomplishes this mission through three key services: AFG Prevention, the AFG Shelter/Transition
to Independent Living Program (TIL) and AFG Outreach.
The Basic Center Program (BCP) is a voluntary 21-day residentail program for female youth (15-17
years old) who are at-risk of running away from home or involuntarily removed from the home by
a family member or legal guardian. While participating in the BCP, the youth and the family receive
individual, family and group counseling and case management. FYI: Alternatives for Girls does not
ascribe to a specific religious belief but supports the individual practice of each shelter participant.
Wayne Metro Community Action Agency
2121 Biddle Ave.
Wyandotte MI 48192
The YARD (Youth and Runaway Drop-in Center)
1638 Eureka (corner of Eureka & 17th Street)
Wyandotte MI 48192
Phone: 313-410-1493 24 hr. Crisis Line: 734-400-3929
A newly created drop-in center for runaway and homeless youths that provides a safe place
for youth ages 12 to 22 to receive assistance and support. Has computers available for youth
to complete homework, apply for jobs and education assistance as well as hygiene kits. The
program will also help secure a safe place for young people to stay. The YARD is open from
2 p.m.to 6 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays and additional hours and days will be added as the
Counterpoint Shelter & Crisis Center
3000 Hiveley Road
Inkster, MI 48141
24-hour crisis line: 866-672-4357 Open to youth ages 10 to 17.
Offers youth (ages 10-17) a safe, short-term place to stay, while we counsel your entire family
to work through problems. Transitional Living Program is available for ages 16-20.
Girls and Boys Town National Hotline
This crisis, resource, and referral line is designed to help young people with problems ranging
from fighting with parents and bullying to sexual assault and drug abuse.
16318 E. Warren
Detroit MI 48224
Ages 12-19 multi-center.
Children's Crisis Screening & Intervention
The Guidance Center
13101 Allen Rd., Ste. 400
Southgate, MI 48195
Phone: 734-785-7704 (After 5 p.m. 888-711-5465)
Emergency assessment and referrals for children between 3-17 years old.
My Sister's Place
P.O. Box 13500
Detroit MI 48213
313-779-3106 24-hour crisis line
Domestic violence assistance; shelter, legal advocacy, counseling.
Matrix Human Services
120 Parsons Street
Detroit MI 48201
Phone: 313-831-1000 OR 313-873-0678
Housing for runaways, "throw-aways" and homeless teenagers, including those that are HIV+,
1705 Washtenaw Avenue (AATA Bus #4)
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Crisis Line 734-662-2222 (24 hours)
Monday thru Thursday 9 -8 p.m., Friday 9-5 p.m.
Ypsilanti Youth Drop-In Center
102 North Hamilton (1 block from bus station)
Ypsilanti MI 48197
A community-based agency, offers a array of free services and support including housing,
crisis intervention, life skills training, counseling, case management and safe activities to
runaway, homeless and at-risk youth (ages 10-20) and their families. Also LGBTQ Youth
Services, Independent Living Support, "Miller House", weekly activities, youth community
service and Ypsilanti Youth Drop-In Center.
65 Cadillac Sq. 30th Floor, Suite 3000
Detroit MI 48226
Wayne Homeless Network Project for runaways and the homeless. Designated to return
runaway youth to their state of origin.
Common Ground Sanctuary
1222 S. Washington
Royal Oak MI 48067
Crisis Line: 248-547-2260
A 3-week voluntary residential counseling program for youths ages 10-17 with a focus on
family reunification. The program has NO GEOGRAPHICAL RESTRICTIONS.
Ruth Ellis Center
77 Victor Street (at John R)
Highland Park, MI 48203
An emergency shelter with an 18 month program for independent living for ages 16 to 21.
One of only 3 youth social service agencies in the nation helping LGBT teens & youth
experiencing homelessness. It also provides short-term and long-term residential space
and support services.
R.E.A.C.H. Runaway Program
914 Church Street
Flint MI 48502
Teens only....meals and clothing
The Angel House (AKA Krat & CO)
PO Box 40629
Redford MI 48239
A community based, non-profit organization that has a vision of breaking generational curses
within families who choose to live on the welfare system. The Angel House will provide adequate housing, education, guidance, and self-enrichment training for young women ages 14 through 21
years of age who may have experienced a temporary setback due to life-changing events while
striving to take care of family responsibilities. Young women will have the opportunity to become
self-employed and/or independent contractors in areas such as information technology, tax preparation, real estate, photography, cosmetology, insurance and fitness instructors. Other miscellaneous services may include worship services, licensed day care services, individual and group counseling sessions, adequate housing during and after completion of the program.
Stand Up For Kids
Detroit MI 48216-1935
P.O. Box 11
Royal Oak MI 48067
Mobile Outreach Line: 888-365-4KID
A national all-volunteer organization with chapters in 31 states whose mission is to save homeless
and at-risk youth from a life on the streets. Detroit's chapter has an outreach program that seeks to
find and assist/mentor homeless and runaway youth under age 21. They search the streets each week
to locate kids in order to get them into shelters and provide emergency needs such as food packs and
hygiene packs. Also provides services to unaccompanied kids who are staying in shelters or motels.
Creating Independence and Outcomes Program (CIAO)
1641 Porter Street
Detroit MI 48216
You must be a Wayne County resident between the ages of 17 and 20 years old and in foster care for
at least one day on or after your 14th birthday to participate. This program assists young adults, aged
17-21, who have transitioned or are transitioning out of foster care. Each person develops a concrete
and realistic plan that guides their educational, career and personal goals. The programs staff guides each youth in the development and implementation of their future plans by offering direct counseling, remediation, employment opportunities, training, supportive and follow-up services and referrals to community resources.
Don Bosco Hall
Detroit MI 48206
A private non-profit agency which focuses on family reunification, youth rehabilitations, youth protective service, mentorship, recreation and preparing youth with the interpersonal, technological and educational skills which enhance their ability to reach their greatest potential. The agency colloborates with other community organizations and businesses to provide an effective network of services to the local community. Offers a large variety of services.
Youth Independent Living Skills Preparation
Wayne County Regional Office
12723 Telegraph Road, Suite 200
Redford, MI 48239
The Judson Center Independent Living Preparation group is designed to offer self-sufficiency preparation to youth ages 14 to 18 years within Judson Center's Foster Care programs. The goal is
to provide youth with skills to become self-sufficient and thereby avoid homelessness as they "age
out" of the foster care system. Designed to teach skills related to job seeking, money management, housing and household maintenance, emergency and safety, relationship and health issues, education and career planning, transportation and legal rights and responsibilities.
Holy Cross Children's Services / Supervised Independent Living
5690 Cecil Avenue
Detroit MI 48210
Designed for young women and men ages 16-21 who have successfully completed residential or foster care programs but who cannot return to the home of their home of their parents for whatever reason.
Offers a large variety of services.
Supervised Living Facilities
22400 W. Seven Mile Road
Detroit MI 48219
Offers Pre-independent Living and Supervised Independent Living programs designed to assist youth
to prepare for life on their own. Staff helps youth enroll in school, find housing, secure a job, learn basic living skills, and provide counseling, support and supervision. Primarily serves Wayne County youth ages 16-18 who are leaving foster homes or residential treatment facilities.
St. Peter's Home for Boys
16121 Joy Road
Detroit MI 48228
St. Peter's Home for Boys provides residential and educational care to adolescent boys ages 12-19.
Those admitted to St. Peter's are court wards due to a history of abuse and/or neglect. St. Peter's
also has a nonresidential educational program for boys & girls ages 15-17. Non-residential participants are in foster homes, residential care facilities or a supervised independent living program.
Edwin Danby Memorial Children's Home
Detroit MI 48219
Food, transportation & counseling for boys & girls ages 7-17. Must be referred by Michigan D.H.S.
Off the Streets (OTS) Male
10612 E. Jefferson
Detroit MI 48214
Phone: 313-824-4520 Hotline: 313-873-0678
Food, transportation & counseling for runaway males ages 16-19. Parental permission required.
Off the Streets (OTS)
680 Virginia Park
Detroit MI 48202
Phone: 313-343-0084 (24 hours) Hotline: 313-873-0676
Food, transportation & counseling for runaways ages 12-17. Parental permission required.
Family Youth Intervention
4227 Bart Street
Warren MI 48091
Food, transportation & counseling for runaway teens & girls ages 12-17. Parental permission is required.
Family Youth Interventions
418 Cass Ave.
Mt. Clemens MI 48043
15 day residential adolescent shelter for youth ages 10-17 who are runaways, are homeless or are experienceing a crisis at home or in school. Helping families help youth become successful adults.