Substance Abuse Recovery

The Co-op
People with serious mental illness often struggle with substance abuse and homelessness. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Association, between 20 and 50 percent of clients in mental health settings have a co-occurring substance use disorder and approximately 35% of all homeless adults suffer from a mental illness. Still, there are few programs designed to address both disorders and provide supportive housing. In Ann Arbor, the only program fulfilling all three functions is the Co-op run by Synod Community Services.

The Co-op, located in Ann Arbor, is a single-room occupancy program offering sober housing with on-site staff support for up to six men. Tenants share common areas and, in addition to recovery services, receive support in learning self-sufficient skills including cooking, laundry, budgeting and cleaning. Many of the men who move to the Co-op are homeless.