STREET DEMOCRACY

A legal nonprofit that is working with community to transform systems of oppression into systems of opportunity.

Detroit, MI   |  https://www.streetdemocracy.org

Mission

To use our legal skills and representation of indigent people to transform systems of oppression into systems of opportunity.

Ruling year info

2008

Executive Director

Jayesh Patel

Main address

440 Burroughs

Detroit, MI 48202 USA

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EIN

20-5175478

NTEE code info

(Alliance/Advocacy Organizations) (R01)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Street Outreach Court Detroit

In 2012 Street Court Outreach Detroit (SOCD) was established to offer individuals experiencing housing instability a path out of criminal justice entanglement. SOCD works by crediting their efforts to improve their lives towards outstanding fines, costs and jail time.

Participants start with partnering social service agencies to craft an Action Plan that addresses the root causes of their homelessness, like job training, education, drug rehabilitation, mental health treatment etc. Upon completion, they are referred to Street Democracy, where we provide additional social work services, collect proofs of completion of those services, and obtain consents for relief from the prosecutors and judges.

By rewarding their hard work addressing the root causes of their homelessness, SOCD gives participants the tools—and the legal relief—they need to prevent a slide back into homelessness.

Current Community Partners
Capuchin Soup Kitchen, Neighborhood Legal Services, SHAR, Southwest Economic Solutions, St. Leo’s Soup Kitchen, Southwest Economic Solutions, Volunteers of America Michigan

How SOCD Works see SOCD’s formation and process documents
Step 1: Participants meet with partnering service nonprofits ("Provider") to create an individualized Action Plan to address their homelessness. After 30 days of progress, the Provider may refer Participants to SOCD.
Step 2: If admitted, Participants moved onto the SOCD docket. and any warrants are recalled. Participants continue working their Action Plan.
Step 3: Participants who demonstrate at least 90 days of sustained effort on their Action Plans are scheduled for a Hearing at Capuchin Soup Kitchen where the Judge will close or dismiss all eligible cases, waiving most fines.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Economically disadvantaged people
Incarcerated people

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Chair of the ABA Commission of Homelessness and Poverty 2020

Financials

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STREET DEMOCRACY

Board of directors
as of 02/22/2022
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Board chair

He/Him Jiten Ghelan

Promethean Power Systems

Francine Banner-Hubbard

University of Michigan-Dearborn

Mary Jones

Detroit Action

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Not applicable
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Not applicable
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable