COTS exists to alleviate homelessness by providing shelter, meals and an array of services which enable people to pursue economic self sufficiency and decent affordable housing. COTS also exists to advocate for long term solutions to the problems of homelessness.
For nearly 35 years, COTS has served the most vulnerable in our community. COTS is one of the largest providers of housing to homeless families in the City of Detroit — sheltering more than 100 homeless children nightly. COTS provides emergency shelter for families, supportive services, mobility coaching through our Passport to Self-Sufficiency™, child care, long-term housing and safe transitional housing for families. COTS’ Passport to Self-Sufficiency™ assists families in reaching their housing, economic, health, education, and career goals through coaching, mentorship, and support as they strive to overcome homelessness and break the cycle of poverty for the next generation and beyond.