Homeless http://michiganradio.org en Business with social mission helps keep homeless warm http://michiganradio.org/post/business-social-mission-helps-keep-homeless-warm <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Starting a business can be hard. How about starting a business with a mission to help end homelessness? Well, that’s even harder.</span></p><p>Stateside’s Mercedes Mejia tells us about the Empowerment Plan. It’s a business with a social mission.&nbsp; The company makes coats that double as sleeping bags, and gives them away to homeless people.</p><p>After nearly two years, its mission is the same. But its business model is&nbsp;evolving.</p><p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 20:30:58 +0000 Mercedes Mejia 16919 at http://michiganradio.org Business with social mission helps keep homeless warm Homeless veteran buried in National Cemetery after 5 months unclaimed in morgue http://michiganradio.org/post/homeless-veteran-buried-national-cemetery-after-5-months-unclaimed-morgue <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A homeless navy veteran died in Ann Arbor last October.</span></p><p>No family members came forward to claim his body.</p><p>So for five months, the veteran’s body lay in the morgue.</p><p>Now, finally, thanks to a few friends who refused to give up, Lawrence Tucker’s body was laid to rest last week at the Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly, Michigan.</p><p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Kate Wells 16797 at http://michiganradio.org Homeless veteran buried in National Cemetery after 5 months unclaimed in morgue Ann Arbor-based non-profit is dedicated to building links between homeless, 'homeful' http://michiganradio.org/post/ann-arbor-based-non-profit-dedicated-building-links-between-homeless-homeful <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It's called "Mission </span>A2<span style="line-height: 1.5;">" – short for Michigan Itinerant Shelter System Interdependent&nbsp; Out of Necessity. This Ann Arbor-based nonprofit is dedicated to building links between homeless and what it calls "</span>homeful<span style="line-height: 1.5;">" </span>Washtenaw<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> County residents. One of its key activities has been running a series of rotating tent cities for the homeless.</span></p><p>But now, Mission A2 is taking things to a new level. They're partnering to buy land and build a permanent settlement called Homeward Bound, a place for Ann Arbor's homeless to begin the process of rebuilding confidence and their lives. Mon, 10 Feb 2014 21:29:36 +0000 Stateside Staff 16380 at http://michiganradio.org Ann Arbor-based non-profit is dedicated to building links between homeless, 'homeful' Bitter cold forcing Michigan homeless to seek shelter http://michiganradio.org/post/bitter-cold-forcing-michigan-homeless-seek-shelter <p>Life-threatening wind chills are keeping Michigan's homeless shelters full. T<span style="line-height: 1.5;">he shelters have been at or above capacity for roughly two months.</span></p><p></p><p>Darin Estep is the director of community engagement for <a href="http://www.voami.org/">Volunteers of America</a> in Lansing. He says the ongoing cold is taking a toll.</p><p></p> Mon, 27 Jan 2014 22:07:30 +0000 Steve Carmody 16199 at http://michiganradio.org Bitter cold forcing Michigan homeless to seek shelter Meet Michigan's homeless, trying to survive this cold http://michiganradio.org/post/meet-michigans-homeless-trying-survive-cold <p><span style="font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 11pt; line-height: 17.5pt; ">A laid-off public school teacher, an evicted retiree, and a man who says he'll sleep on a park bench because he’s too drunk to pass the shelter’s Breathalyzer test tonight. &nbsp;</span></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0.2in; line-height: 17.5pt; "><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Georgia, serif; ">The people at a daytime warming center in downtown Ann Arbor run the gamut.<span class="apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span><o:p></o:p></span></p> Tue, 07 Jan 2014 18:10:43 +0000 Kate Wells 15915 at http://michiganradio.org Meet Michigan's homeless, trying to survive this cold Ann Arbor homeless want warming center to open doors at 40, not 10, degrees http://michiganradio.org/post/ann-arbor-homeless-want-warming-center-open-doors-40-not-10-degrees <p>A group of Ann Arbor homeless people and supporters marched downtown on New Year's Eve, asking the city to change its policy for the Delonis Center on Huron Street.</p><p>The warming shelter at the center is open at night -- but during the day, it opens only when it is 10 degrees, including wind chill, or colder.</p><p>"At 30 degrees you have a risk of frostbite," says Ryan Sample, "and at 45 (degrees), you have a risk of hypothermia with wet clothes."</p> Tue, 31 Dec 2013 23:27:36 +0000 Tracy Samilton 15851 at http://michiganradio.org Ann Arbor homeless want warming center to open doors at 40, not 10, degrees Lansing homeless shelter closed for code violations http://michiganradio.org/post/lansing-homeless-shelter-closed-code-violations <p>Michigan’s homeless face another night of bitterly cold temperatures tonight.</p><p></p><p>In Lansing, the city’s decision to close one shelter has made finding a warm place to sleep more difficult.</p><p></p><p><a href="http://www.lansingstatejournal.com/article/20131211/NEWS01/312110012/City-Lansing-homeless-shelter-not-safe?nclick_check=1">Lansing City Outreach</a> helps people with drug and alcohol problems, and it has opened its doors overnight for homeless people who can't get into other shelters. In the past, the shelter has accommodated 30 to 40 people on a cold night.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 12 Dec 2013 22:34:05 +0000 Steve Carmody 15674 at http://michiganradio.org Lansing homeless shelter closed for code violations Michigan's student homelessness problem is growing http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-student-homelessness-problem-growing <p dir="ltr" style="margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The number of K-12 students in the U.S. without a home is on the rise.</span></p><p>More than 1.1 million children in the U.S. were homeless in the 2011-2012 school year, according to the Department of Education.</p><p>Suzi Parker at <a href="http://www.takepart.com/photos/poverty-in-the-us-homeless-students-by-state/4-michigan">takepart.com</a> looked at the numbers and found that Michigan has one of the fastest-growing homeless student populations in the country.</p><p>In Michigan,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.takepart.com/photos/poverty-in-the-us-homeless-students-by-state/4-michigan">43,418 students</a>&nbsp;were homeless in the 2011-2012 school year, compared to <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20111218/NEWS06/112180464">30,671</a>&nbsp;in the 2010-2011 school year:</p><p> Wed, 11 Dec 2013 17:27:08 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 15633 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan's student homelessness problem is growing Battle Creek homeless shelter giving thanks for the community's response http://michiganradio.org/post/battle-creek-homeless-shelter-giving-thanks-communitys-response <p>The people who run a homeless shelter in Battle Creek are giving thanks for the way the community has responded to their need this Thanksgiving.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.thehavenbc.org">Haven of Rest</a> shelter was among the hundreds of thousands of utility customers that lost power for several days earlier this month, after a severe windstorm blew through the state.</p><p>Without electricity, days-worth of meat and produce spoiled in the shelter’s refrigerators.</p> Wed, 27 Nov 2013 20:31:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 15459 at http://michiganradio.org Battle Creek homeless shelter giving thanks for the community's response Good news for Michigan’s economy http://michiganradio.org/post/good-news-michigan-s-economy <p></p><p>Half a century ago, America suffered one of the most traumatic events in our history: The assassination of President Kennedy. But while it is important to remember that, it might also be good to consider that there is a bunch of good economic news today. Good news, especially for Michigan.</p><p>Yesterday, University of Michigan economists presented their annual November forecast. They saw good things ahead, with the national economy growing almost twice as fast over the next two years as now.</p><p>Two experts from the Research Seminar in Quantitative Economics predicted five million new jobs over the next two years. Unemployment, they predict, will fall from just over seven to about six percent.</p><p>Meanwhile, they predict the automakers will sell half a million more units next year than this, more still in 2015, and the housing market will also grow. &nbsp;Inflation will stay low and oil prices will remain steady. This is all very good news, if true.</p><p> Fri, 22 Nov 2013 13:23:26 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 15394 at http://michiganradio.org Good news for Michigan’s economy Non-profit: 19 housing units available for every single homeless person in Kent County http://michiganradio.org/post/non-profit-19-housing-units-available-every-single-homeless-person-kent-county <p>A non-profit group in Grand Rapids is re-energizing its effort to get people who are homeless into permanent homes.</p><p>Well House has been around since the late 1970s. About a year ago, the non-profit emergency homeless shelter Well House was in danger of closing. That’s when its new executive director Tami VandenBerg pushed the group to switch gears and provide permanent homes instead.</p><p>“If you’re in an emergency shelter, it is unbelievably challenging to get a job, take any medications, or stop using or reduce using substances. It’s just virtually impossible,” VandenBerg said.</p> Mon, 18 Nov 2013 12:30:00 +0000 Lindsey Smith 15312 at http://michiganradio.org Non-profit: 19 housing units available for every single homeless person in Kent County Detroit apartment building turned into housing for homeless http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-apartment-building-turned-housing-homeless <p>An apartment building on the northwest side of Detroit re-opened on Thursday to provide housing to homeless people.</p><p>Cass Community Social Services spearheaded the project to renovate the Arthur Antisdel Apartments on Woodrow Wilson.</p><p>Executive Director Faith Fowler says the building attracted crime when it was vacant. She says it will now provide permanent housing for 41 people.</p><p>"It saves a building that was worth saving and puts it to good purpose." she said.</p> Mon, 11 Nov 2013 13:39:43 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 15202 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit apartment building turned into housing for homeless Getting through school when you have no home http://michiganradio.org/post/getting-through-school-when-you-have-no-home <p></p><p>If you could walk into any school in Michigan and look around at the students, you might not realize it, but somewhere in there you would see students who are homeless.<br><br>There are more than 37,500 homeless students in Michigan, and that's up 66 percent in the past four years. So, even as the economy begins to struggle its way toward recovery in Michigan, we have a rising number of homeless students trying to struggle their way through school.<br><br>Joining us to talk about the challenges that homelessness poses to students and to the school districts are Angela Parth, the executive director of "The Connection Youth Services" in Livingston County, and Holly Fiedler, the homeless Liaison and Social Worker at Milan Area Schools.</p><p>Listen to the full interview above. Tue, 16 Apr 2013 21:12:22 +0000 Stateside Staff 12166 at http://michiganradio.org Getting through school when you have no home In this morning's news: Right to work in court, MI credit rating, homeless students http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-news-right-work-court-mi-credit-rating-homeless-students <p><strong>Right to work goes to court</strong></p><p>"An Ingham County judge today will decide whether to let an anti-right-to-work lawsuit go forward. The ACLU of Michigan says the new state law should be tossed out because it was passed in violation of the Open Meetings Act. The suit says lawmakers deliberately locked members of the public out of the state Capitol as the legislation was introduced and passed in December," Jake Neher <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/lawsuit-toss-out-right-work-goes-court-week">reports.</a></p><p><strong>Michigan gets a better credit rating</strong></p><p>Two credit rating agencies have upgraded their outlook for Michigan.</p><p>"Yesterday Fitch and Standard &amp; Poor’s joined Moody’s in upgrading the state’s credit rating. An improved credit rating may help the state get more favorable rates when it needs to borrow money," Steve Carmody <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-credit-rating-getting-better">reports. </a></p><p><strong>More homeless students in Michigan</strong></p><p>"The state Department of Education says Michigan has seen a 66 percent rise in homeless students over four years. More than 37,500 homeless students attended Michigan schools in 2011-12, up from about 22,600 in 2009-10," the Associated Press reports.</p><p> Wed, 03 Apr 2013 12:34:32 +0000 Emily Fox 11983 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's news: Right to work in court, MI credit rating, homeless students Counting Michigan's homeless http://michiganradio.org/post/counting-michigans-homeless <p>Michigan organizations that help homeless people are taking part in a “snap-shot” census. The federal government requires the overnight count every other year. It’s part of the Obama administration’s <a href="http://www.usich.gov/">plan to eradicate homelessness</a> by 2020.</p><p>The census must happen on a single night during the last ten days of January. The count includes people who are in shelters, transitional housing, and on the street.</p> Sun, 27 Jan 2013 20:48:06 +0000 Kyle Norris 10960 at http://michiganradio.org Counting Michigan's homeless Stateside: Fending off bitter temperatures with shelters http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-fending-bitter-temperatures-shelters <p><em>The following is a summary of a previously recorded interview. To hear the complete segment, click the audio above. </em></p><p>During these frigid weeks the warmth of a home is invaluable.</p><p>But for the homeless, these winter conditions pose life-threatening challenges.</p><p>Reverend Chico Daniels, president and chief executive of <a href="http://www.meltrotter.org/home">Mel Trotter Ministries</a> and <a href="http://casscommunity.org/services">Cass Community Social Services </a>&nbsp;executive director, Reverend Faith Fowler, spoke with Cyndy about the necessity of homeless shelters in the winter.</p><p>“In the Cass Corridor we have a warming center for 50 homeless women and children. Beyond that we have two regular shelters and some transitional housing,” said Fowler. Wed, 23 Jan 2013 21:11:32 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 10906 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside: Fending off bitter temperatures with shelters Stateside: Homeless shelters get a makeover http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-homeless-shelters-get-makeover <p>Imagine what you might know about physical space and tranquility if you lived in a drug house, an abandoned building, or jail.</p><p>That’s the experience for many of the women who stay at the <a href="http://www.drmm.org/default.htm">Women and Family Treatment and Shelter at Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries</a>. They often come from intense circumstances to the shelter, in order to make big changes in their lives.</p><p>The shelter is housed in a former convent. On the third floor everything reeks of fresh paint. A professional paint company has donated the paint and man power to paint the walls. The long hallway is now sky-blue and the twenty rooms where the women live now have fresh coats of cotton-candy pink and lemon-yellow paint.</p><p>Terry Grahl runs the non-profit <a href="http://enchantedmakeovers.org/">Enchanted Makeovers</a> and she’s making this large-scale renovation happen by coordinating a symphony of volunteers and businesses. She got a church in Taylor to making curtains for all the rooms. An artist from Georgia is coming in to paint murals on the walls and the shelter is also getting new ceiling fans and new floors. Thu, 10 Jan 2013 22:01:17 +0000 Kyle Norris 10706 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside: Homeless shelters get a makeover Michigan man transforms vacant fire station into homeless shelter http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-man-transforms-vacant-fire-station-homeless-shelter <P>Fire stations across the state are being left abandoned as fire departments shrink and consolidate. Now a man hopes to transform one of those vacant stations in Flint into a homeless shelter.<BR><BR>John Bone says he's transforming an eye sore into a place where up to 100 people in need can find a bed and a shower.</P> <P>Bone was unemployed this November when his aunt gave him the dilapidated fire station on King Avenue. Sun, 23 Dec 2012 17:07:41 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 10428 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside: Med team brings "street medicine" to Detroit's homeless http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-med-team-brings-street-medicine-detroits-homeless <p>Several Wayne State University students started <a href="http://streetmedicinedetroit.org/">Street Medicine Detroit</a> in May.</p><p>They’d heard about a similar program in Pittsburg and they were inspired. They partnered with a Detroit non-profit called <a href="http://www.nso-mi.org/index.php">Neighborhood Service Organization</a> and together they created a mobile medical clinic.</p><p>Philip Ramsey is a community outreach specialist with NSO. (Rumor has it that if you’re trying to locate a specific homeless person, and you give Ramsey the vaguest of details, he can go out and find that person who might be living in a tent next to highway.)</p><p>It’s Ramsey’s job to<a href="https://www.facebook.com/StreetMedicineDetroit"> drive the med team</a> around the streets and back-alleys of Detroit and to help them locate homeless people who are in need of medical services.</p><p>So once a week, the van rumbles down Michigan Avenue past prostitutes on the corners and a young man pushing a baby stroller. &nbsp;Ramsey helps the team find people who are lying down on the ground or sitting on the curb. He says additional clues that someone may be homeless are people with dirty clothes and uncombed hair, or people who are openly drinking. Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:56:28 +0000 Kyle Norris 10417 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside: Med team brings "street medicine" to Detroit's homeless Stateside: Investigating Detroit's homeless population http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-investigating-detroits-homeless-population <p>Airing this week will be a series of stories Michigan Radio’s Kyle Norris compiled on Detroit’s homeless population.</p><p>To introduce the series,&nbsp; Norris spoke with Meghan Takashima of the <a href="http://www.csh.org/">Corporation for Supportive Housing.</a></p><p>They spoke about some of the misconceptions people have about those without a home.</p><p>Norris began by noting her inspiration for the stories.</p><p>“Something is drawing me to these stories…when I’m with homeless people I have to be real, I have to be a human first and a reporter second,” said Norris. Mon, 17 Dec 2012 19:40:11 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 10400 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside: Investigating Detroit's homeless population