homelessness http://wemu.org en Ann Arbor Mayoral Candidates Share Thoughts On Affordable Housing And Homelessness http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-mayoral-candidates-share-thoughts-affordable-housing-and-homelessness <div>Ann Arbor homeless advocates hope the large turnout at a mayoral forum on the issue will show it's a priority to voters. &nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">If nothing else all four City Council members appearing on the democratic ballot for mayor pledged to commit financial and political capital to ending homelessness in the city by 2018.</span></div><p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 08:57:28 +0000 Andrew Cluley 48848 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor Mayoral Candidates Share Thoughts On Affordable Housing And Homelessness Week Of Service To Help MISSION House In Ann Arbor http://wemu.org/post/week-service-help-mission-house-ann-arbor <div>The Ann Arbor area's homeless community is getting some help next week from local Presbyterian churches. About 300 volunteers will spend time working on <strong><a href="http://www.missiona2.org/" target="_blank">MISSION</a></strong>'s home on Stone School Road. &nbsp;</div><p> Mon, 19 May 2014 21:26:07 +0000 Andrew Cluley 46095 at http://wemu.org Week Of Service To Help MISSION House In Ann Arbor Washtenaw County Property Values Rise http://wemu.org/post/washtenaw-county-property-values-rise <div>Washtenaw County home owners are seeing a rise in their property values for the first time in five years.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Values are rising all across the county and properties are spending less time on the market before selling.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Catherine McClary is Washtenaw County's Treasurer. She says the rising values is good news overall, but the county still faces challenges, especially when it comes to making sure there is enough affordable housing.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>McClary says the area's homeless are often families. Wed, 19 Feb 2014 22:39:27 +0000 Bob Eccles 41780 at http://wemu.org Homeless Ask Washtenaw County Commission for Help http://wemu.org/post/homeless-ask-washtenaw-county-commission-help <p>The homeless and their advocates filled the Washtenaw County Administration Building Board Room Wednesday night, asking the County Commission to help improve services available to them.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Commission chair Yousef Rabhi says a task force is going to be convened in the next few days. It'll be made up of various stake holders, and will examine the best ways to fill gaps in services.</p><p></p><p><strong>SEE ALSO: &nbsp;</strong><a href="http://wemu.org/post/issues-environment-habitat-humanity-stewards-energy-savings" style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; font-size: 26px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162); text-decoration: none; ">Issues of the Environment: Habitat For Humanity Stewards Energy Savings</a></p><p> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 04:29:07 +0000 Bob Eccles 40528 at http://wemu.org Homeless Ask Washtenaw County Commission for Help Ann Arbor City Council to Consider Ordinance Change to Help Charitable Events in Parks http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-city-council-consider-ordinance-change-help-charitable-events-parks <p>Supporters of <em>Pizza in the Park </em>say an ordinance change Ann Arbor City Council will consider Monday is important in keeping the event going year round. &nbsp;</p><p>The City Council will consider second reading of the amendment that will waive the rental fee at all parks for events that are primarily designed for the charitable distribution of goods for basic human needs.&nbsp;</p><p>Seth Best is with <strong><a href="http://camptakenotice.wordpress.com/">Camp Take Notice </a></strong>and a volunteer with Vineyard Church.&nbsp; Best says the amendment is needed because they can't always hold <em>Pizza in the Park </em>at <strong>Liberty Plaza</strong> where council has already waived the fee.&nbsp;</p><p>Best says as a former homeless person, <em>Pizza in the Park </em>is an important chance for homeless people to see a smiling face and meet kind people.&nbsp; He says the <em>Pizza in the Park</em> volunteers work to clean up after the event and often leave Liberty Plaza cleaner than they find it.</p><p></p><p> Fri, 15 Nov 2013 21:57:22 +0000 Andrew Cluley 37812 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor City Council to Consider Ordinance Change to Help Charitable Events in Parks Washtenaw Housing Alliance Recognized By Michigan SOAR http://wemu.org/post/washtenaw-housing-alliance-recognized-michigan-soar <p><a href="http://www.whalliance.org/" style="line-height: 1.5;">The Washtenaw Housing Alliance </a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">was awarded special recognition by the Michigan Social Security Disability Outreach, Access, and Recovery, or SOAR, State Planning Group last week for its efforts to fight homelessness. &nbsp;</span></p><p>The SOAR program is a streamlined process aimed at getting eligible adults suffering from homelessness and mental illness or substance abuse access to disability income benefit programs much quicker than they otherwise could.<br><br>Julie Steiner is the Executive Director of the Washtenaw Housing Alliance. She says Homelessness in Washtenaw County is a growing problem:<br>&nbsp;</p><p>Steiner adds homelessness is a growing problem in Washtenaw County, which has been made even worse in recent years by a bad economy and cuts to government programs.<br><br>To date, the WHA has helped file more SOAR applications than any other group in Michigan.<br>More than 4,300 people reported being homeless in Washtenaw County at some point during 2012.<br><br> Tue, 24 Sep 2013 15:33:24 +0000 Taylor Pinson 35418 at http://wemu.org Washtenaw Housing Alliance Recognized By Michigan SOAR Funds Cut for Programs Helping the Homeless http://wemu.org/post/funds-cut-programs-helping-homeless <p>Washtenaw County agencies have received just over $4 million in federal funds for programs battling the problem of homelessness.&nbsp; The second round of grants from the U-S Department of Housing and Urban development was announced Thursday.&nbsp; Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.</p><p></p> Fri, 03 May 2013 12:29:30 +0000 Andrew Cluley 28885 at http://wemu.org Washtenaw County Sees Increase in Homeless Population http://wemu.org/post/washtenaw-county-sees-increase-homeless-population <p>Washtenaw County's point-in-time homeless count saw a jump of 123 additional people without shelter this year compared to the count day in 2011.&nbsp;&nbsp; County officials fear the problem of homelessness may continue to grow.&nbsp; Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.</p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 24 Apr 2013 13:47:11 +0000 Andrew Cluley 28459 at http://wemu.org Washtenaw County Sees Increase in Homeless Population New Way to Help Homeless During A2 Art Fairs http://wemu.org/post/new-way-help-homeless-during-a2-art-fairs <p>Visitors to this year&#39;s Ann Arbor art fairs can use their</p><p>cell phones to help the homeless.</p> Wed, 18 Jul 2012 13:10:15 +0000 Bob Eccles 16703 at http://wemu.org Local Teacher Honored by MASB http://wemu.org/post/local-teacher-honored-masb <p>Social studies teacher honored for teaching students about homelessness and macro-economics.</p> Wed, 02 May 2012 15:26:40 +0000 Bob Eccles 13294 at http://wemu.org