Vision Statement

Severe Weather Network mobilizes community resources providing physical, mental and spiritual refuge for individuals struggling with homelessness in Livingston County.

Our Mission

The Severe Weather Network, a collaborative effort with the Salvation Army, the Oakland Livingston Human Services Agency (OLHSA) and local churches, partners with community organizations, agencies and faith communities.  We attempt to provide emergency, overnight refuge on life-threatening nights during the winter months for individuals surviving homelessness.  In addition, we connect homeless individuals with community action agencies committed to providing the services necessary to assist with transition into affordable housing.

Structure of the SWN

The 2018-19 Severe Weather Network (SWN) is a non-profit, 501c3 which operates a nightly Severe Weather Center (SWC) located at an assigned host church site.  Partner churches typically provide, for a one week period of time, nightly volunteers to operate the SWC. An SWN Steering Committee Member is assigned to be the liaison for each SWC site.

SWN Leadership

Governing Board and Advisors

Partnering Organizations

Homelessness in Livingston County

About Livingston County

Homelessness is defined as individuals living outside, in tents or cars, as well as individuals not able to maintain their housing situation and are forced to stay with friends, and/or extended family members.

In the year 2017, there were 823 documented occurrences of homeless individuals in Livingston County, including 64 homeless veterans, and 414 homeless students.

On any given day, there are approximately 100 homeless individuals in Livingston County, which has no designated emergency shelter and a lack of affordable housing.

SWN Center Locations

December (Men and Women) – Emrich Retreat Center – 7380 Teahan Road, Brighton

January-February 10:  (Men and Women) – 2/42 Church Brighton

February 10 – March 31- (Men and Women) – Chilson Hills Church, Howell

April 1 – April 14 – (Men and Women) – Emrich Retreat Center – 7380 Teahan Road, Brighton 48116

2018 Statistics

Livingston County