Alcoholism and addiction are root causes of homelessness. Chemically dependent individuals need meaningful sobriety in order to be self sufficient.
The original site at 112 Chapin Street was once a crack house—one that was transformed in 1998 into a transitional home for recovering men. A simple concept was developed to help motivated addicts and alcoholics find recovery in a safe and sober environment.
One house became two, then four, and over the years the Chapin Street Project has continued to grow. By 2019 the project included small houses and apartment complexes, housing up to 186 men and women each day.
Each resident must get a job, attend daily AA or NA meetings, and pay a modest amount for room and board. In addition, all residents must do service work with other addicts and alcoholics, as well as volunteer in some other form of community service.
Each house or apartment is a simple community that values sobriety and responsibility. The Chapin Street Project changes lives. The program includes:
Residential structure provided by volunteer house managers who live on site and supervised by Dawn Farm staff. Additional therapeutic services are offered as needed in other Dawn Farm programs. Residents can stay from six months to two years.
AA/NA attendance, required daily.
Vocational support. Residents must obtain and continue full-time employment during their stay. Dawn Farm maintains relationships with employers throughout the community to help connect residents with employment opportunities.
Community Work, teaching Chapin Street residents about contributing to the community.
One of our primary goals is to help residents find a place within the recovering community. We work hard to help them develop a foundation in local 12 step groups and to build meaningful relationships with others in recovery.
If you or a loved one suffer from an addiction, transitional housing may be an option.
How to get in:
All applicants must attend an information session prior to admission into this program. This session lasts 45 minutes and is held at 12pm every Tuesday. Applicants can attend any one of the following three ways:
- In person at Dawn Farm Spera Center, located at 502 W Huron St. Ann Arbor, MI 48103 IN PERSON INFO SESSION IS CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
- Via teleconferencing by clicking here. This can be done on computers or cell phones with a camera and microphone.
- Via phone conferencing, by calling (585)-532-5446 and entering the PIN: 369 478 030#
If joining by video or phone, please print this document ahead of time if you can. Please call 734-669-8265 and ask for the intake team if you have any questions about this.