homelessness

Ann Arbor
4:57 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Ann Arbor Mayoral Candidates Share Thoughts On Affordable Housing And Homelessness

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Ann Arbor homeless advocates hope the large turnout at a mayoral forum on the issue will show it's a priority to voters.  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.

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on Ann Arbor's mayoral forum focused on affordable housing and homeless issues.

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Community
5:26 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Week Of Service To Help MISSION House In Ann Arbor

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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 MISSION's home on Stone School Road.  

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on work to take place next week at MISSION's house in Ann Arbor.

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WEMU News
5:39 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Washtenaw County Property Values Rise

Washtenaw County home owners are seeing a rise in their property values for the first time in five years. Values are rising all across the county and properties are spending less time on the market before selling. 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.  McClary says the area's homeless are often families.

WEMU News
11:29 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Homeless Ask Washtenaw County Commission for Help

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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. 

Bob Eccles reports

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.

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Parks and Recreation
4:57 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Ann Arbor City Council to Consider Ordinance Change to Help Charitable Events in Parks

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Supporters of Pizza in the Park say an ordinance change Ann Arbor City Council will consider Monday is important in keeping the event going year round.  

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. 

Seth Best is with Camp Take Notice and a volunteer with Vineyard Church.  Best says the amendment is needed because they can't always hold Pizza in the Park at Liberty Plaza where council has already waived the fee. 

Best says as a former homeless person, Pizza in the Park is an important chance for homeless people to see a smiling face and meet kind people.  He says the Pizza in the Park volunteers work to clean up after the event and often leave Liberty Plaza cleaner than they find it.

WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on Ann Arbor City Council considering final approval of an ordinance amendment to waive park rental fees for events that are primarily designed to share goods to meet basic human needs.

Community
11:33 am
Tue September 24, 2013

Washtenaw Housing Alliance Recognized By Michigan SOAR

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The Washtenaw Housing Alliance 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.  

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.

Julie Steiner is the Executive Director of the Washtenaw Housing Alliance. She says Homelessness in Washtenaw County is a growing problem:
 

Julie Steiner explains the issue impacting residents of Washtenaw County

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.

To date, the WHA has helped file more SOAR applications than any other group in Michigan.
More than 4,300 people reported being homeless in Washtenaw County at some point during 2012.

Washtenaw County
8:29 am
Fri May 3, 2013

Funds Cut for Programs Helping the Homeless

Washtenaw County agencies have received just over $4 million in federal funds for programs battling the problem of homelessness.  The second round of grants from the U-S Department of Housing and Urban development was announced Thursday.  Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

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Society
9:47 am
Wed April 24, 2013

Washtenaw County Sees Increase in Homeless Population

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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.   County officials fear the problem of homelessness may continue to grow.  Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

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Homeless
9:10 am
Wed July 18, 2012

New Way to Help Homeless During A2 Art Fairs

Visitors to this year's Ann Arbor art fairs can use their

cell phones to help the homeless.

Education
11:26 am
Wed May 2, 2012

Local Teacher Honored by MASB

Social studies teacher honored for teaching students about homelessness and macro-economics.