Alternative housing for residents of tent city

Jun 1, 2012

 Residents of a tent city near Ann Arbor could soon have more permanent housing arrangements.

The state's affordable housing agency is working to find places to live for the roughly five dozen people who live at "Camp Take Notice."

Sally Harrison is with the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA). She says this effort is part of a broader initiative to end homelessness in Michigan by 2017.

"For some people who can get into apartments and housing immediately, we will do that immediately, because we have rental assistance available," says Harrison.

She says that for those campers who need more assistance to get housed, they will be relocated to hotels and shelter beds.

"We truly believe that ending homelessness has to do with a place to live ... and that a home is a house or an apartment, a building, a structure that's secure and safe and provides quality housing for you and your family," says Harrison.

The Michigan Department of Transportation owns the land the tent city has occupied for more than two years.

- Julia Alix Smith-Eppsteiner, Michigan Radio Newsroom