Southwest Solutions (SWSOL) was founded in 1970 by Monsignor Clement Kern (1907-1983), the legendary pastor of Most Holy Trinity in southwest Detroit. Kern was known as the “conscience of Detroit” because of his passionate commitment to helping the poor and disenfranchised. Clem Kern’s deep passion still animates the organization. Southwest Solutions began as a mental health agency. In the wake deinstitutionalization, SWSOL’s mission was to help the mentally ill live in the community by providing psychiatric counseling and medication. Today SWSOL is made up of two different branches, Southwest Counseling Solutions and Southwest Housing Solutions.
Southwest Counseling Solutions encompasses a broad range of programs for children, youth, adults and families. All these programs provide services that enable and empower individuals and families to change their lives toward a healthier and more hopeful future. In each of these Centers of Excellence - Adult Counseling Services; Early Childhood & Family Literacy; Children, Youth and Families; and Supportive Housing - Southwest Counseling Solutions is recognized as an experienced leader, delivering proven and effective results.
Southwest Housing Solutions began in 1979 and is a leader in the planning, development and management of affordable housing and commercial property in southwest Detroit. Our mission is to revitalize our community through collaborative, innovative and high-quality projects, and by promoting homeownership. We provide housing to low and moderate-income residents, including persons with mental illness and the homeless. We stimulate commercial and cultural development through mixed-use projects. We also develop and implement Neighborhood Preservation initiatives.