homelessness http://michiganradio.org en Stateside for Thursday, March 20th, 2014 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-thursday-march-20th-2014 <p>The Justice Department is investigating General Motors for delaying a recall of more than a million and a half cars. On today's show: how is this recall affecting GM's reputation?</p><p>And, a<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;new Michigan law will now allow you to literally BYOB, bring you own bottle of wine to a restaurant.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Also, s</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">tarting a business can be hard, but what about starting a business with a mission to help end homelessness? That's exactly what&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">the Empowerment Plan aims to do.&nbsp;</span></p><p>First on the show,&nbsp;Rick Pluta,&nbsp;Captiol Bureau Chief for the Michigan Public Radio Network and co-host of It's Just Politics, joined us to talk about how Lansing plans to spend surplus money.</p><p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 21:21:03 +0000 Stateside Staff 16918 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Thursday, March 20th, 2014 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 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' 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 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 Video: homeless Michigan veteran gets a makeover http://michiganradio.org/post/video-homeless-michigan-veteran-gets-makeover <p>This video chronicling the makeover of a Michigan homeless veteran has been viewed millions of times online.</p><p>http://youtu.be/6a6VVncgHcY</p><p>The nearly three-minute video featuring Jim Wolf of Grand Rapids has gotten more than 5 million clicks on YouTube as of Saturday.</p><p>The time-lapse video was produced by community event organizer Rob Bliss with support from a nonprofit group helping homeless veterans.</p> Mon, 11 Nov 2013 00:27:46 +0000 Associated Press 15216 at http://michiganradio.org