• creating and sustaining Street Outreach Court-Detroit;
  • restoring City funding for emergency warming shelters;
  • enactment of Detroit's "Ban the Box" ordinances, which promote employment and public safety;
  • convincing Michigan's Secretary to State to waive the ID card fee for certain categories of low-income applicants;
  • enactment of the Wayne County ordinance reducing the fee for birth records for indigent applicants;
  • persuading the City to streamline the process for obtaining a low-income exemption from property taxes;
  • personally assisting more than 4,200 Detroiters in acquiring birth records and/or State ID cards they need to apply for jobs, obtain housing, continue their educations, and receive benefits for which they are eligible;
  • providing leadership development workshops for more than 460 indigent and low-income Detroiters.
  • helping more than 2,500 citizens register to vote.

Detroit Action Commonwealth  addresses immediate needs as it challenges institutions that create and perpetuate those needs. Our mission is to advance human development in all of its dimensions: social, economic, political, personal, and spiritual.

Building Power, Changing Lives

Our philosophy

Our accomplishments include:

Founded in early 2008 at a soup kitchen on Detroit’s east side, Detroit Action Commonwealth (DAC)
is a nonpartisan 501(c)(3) nonprofit membership organization. DAC develops individual and collective power to promote opportunity, advance justice, and challenge root causes of poverty and homelessness.

More than 8,000 individuals have taken part in DAC activities to date, and more than 5,000 of them have signed up as members. Our four chapters each meet weekly: at the two Capuchin Soup Kitchens, the Saint Leo Soup Kitchen, and NOAH. Each chapter elects its own officers and raises its own funds.

Celebrating our 10th Birthday in 2018!