Sarah Rahal

The Detroit News
Published 11:07PM ET on November 10, 2023
Highland Park ― Sheldon Cage, an Army veteran, was living on his own, working until his home bills exceeded his paycheck.

Last year, Cage moved into a group home for veterans in Westland but didn’t have any privacy from his four other roommates, especially when his six-year-old son came to visit on the weekends. That was until a case worker at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs recommended Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries, a nonprofit that recently opened veteran-exclusive supportive housing in Highland Park.

“I really had bad thoughts about Highland Park, but when I saw how nice the unit was, I realized the area is what you make of it,” said Cage, 47. “Ever since then, I’ve been watching the city transform as far as blight, painting murals and bringing the city back to life. Here, veterans are treated special. I know it’s a bad circumstance why I’m here and I don’t want to be treated that way. I’m treated with respect and so do other people who live here and I appreciate that most of all.”

Experts say creating more permanent housing for veterans is a key way to reduce homelessness and one local nonprofit is doing more on that front. In the last year, Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries has converted 60 of its transitional units into permanent housing for veterans exiting homelessness.

The initiative is being done in coordination with Community Solutions, the Rocket Community Fund and the Home Depot Foundation.

The Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries is having transitional housing for veterans in Highland Park upgraded. Over the last year, 60 apartments were remodeled in partnership with Community Solutions, Rocket Community Fund and The Home Depot Foundation to provide permanent housing for veterans.

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