homelessness http://michiganradio.org en Getting a state ID for the homeless? It's complicated http://michiganradio.org/post/getting-state-id-homeless-its-complicated <p></p><p>Advocates for the homeless say getting a state identification card is much too complicated. There are many people who are homeless and are in need. They want to get their lives together, but need legal ID. Without it, they can't get a job, medical help, or housing.</p><p>But there can be many obstacles to overcome in order to get a state ID: You need a birth certificate, Social Security card, high school transcripts, a lease, or other documents that most homeless people just don’t have.</p><p>Elizabeth Kelly, executive director of Hope Hospitality and Warming Center in Pontiac, and Greg Markus, the founding organizer of the Detroit Action and Commonwealth, discussed the issue on Stateside.</p><p>Kelly says one of the issues homeless people face is that some documents, such as Bridge cards – a state-issued benefits card – or IDs issued by homeless shelters, &nbsp;aren't accepted by the Michigan Secretary of State as proof of identification.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Greg Markus said the state needs to be more sensitive to the problems of the homeless.</span></p><p>Markus says the Secretary of State will now, after a long battle and lawsuit, accept proof of income during the application process, but he adds this will still exclude those who have no income.&nbsp;</p><p>Kelly said the hurdles are keeping many homeless permanently, and forces some to panhandle or other pursuits in order to provide for themselves.</p><p>“How we handle and take care of those in need defines us,” Kelly said. “As a society, this is something that cannot be tolerated.”</p><p><em>*Listen to full interview above.</em></p><p><em>– Bre’Anna Tinsley, Michigan Radio Newsroom. </em> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 22:22:52 +0000 Stateside Staff 17916 at http://michiganradio.org Getting a state ID for the homeless? It's complicated 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