8 Mile and Woodward Project

A collaboration between the cities of Detroit and Ferndale

The 8 Mile-Woodward Improvement Project is a collaboration between the cities of Detroit and Ferndale to address homelessness and panhandling at the 8 Mile and Woodward Intersection, as well as to improve the physical space in that intersection. 

8 Mile and Woodward Bridge
Handup Campaign

Our goals are to:

  1. Assist individuals experiencing homelessness at the Intersection to secure safe, affordable, and permanent housing;

  2. Reduce the need for individuals to rely on panhandling to meet their basic needs;

  3. Connect these individuals to appropriate primary health, behavioral health, and workforce development services as identified; and

  4. Improve conditions and overall harmony between the people at the intersection, the physical intersection, and the surrounding neighborhoods by coordinating these human services efforts with the physical improvements planned for the Intersection to effectively move people from homelessness into housing.

Help partners from Detroit and Ferndale assist those experiencing homelessness and panhandling at 8 Mile/Woodward get housing and other support they may need. Donations will help meet the immediate needs of those HandUp serves so that they can move toward self-sufficiency. Find ways to donate here.


Provide supportive services in a way that enables clients to secure safe and affordable housing and economic stability.

  • Client-centered approach
  • Focus on harm reduction first
  • Partners & resources from both sides of 8 Mile
  • Data based strategy
Housing First 

Assist homeless people to secure safe, affordable, permanent housing

Connecting Services

Connect homeless people to primary health, behavioral health, and workforce development services

Reducing Panhandling

Reduce the need for clients to rely on panhandling in order to meet their basic needs


Trained professionals will work directly with individuals to identify their needs, co-create an appropriate plan and support them through the process to receive service



Join the Cities of Detroit and Ferndale as we host a virtual meeting to continue the community discussion on the Woodward and 8 Mile underpass/intersection project.

This meeting will provide a brief update on human services, followed by a presentation by The People of Detroit of their rendering for the intersection.

ZOOM Meeting  |  Wednesday, June 16 at 6PM

Join online: bit.ly/2Rm3f9V
Meeting ID: 976 8170 6634
Passcode: 496244

Join by phone: 301-715-8592
Passcode: 496244



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