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Homeless Advocates Launching Recall Effort

Dec 4, 2014
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People upset with the recent eviction of residents of a homeless camp at the end of Burton Road in Ann Arbor are launching a campaign to recall City Council member Stephen Kunselman.

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A homeless tent community in southeast Ann Arbor will likely be cleared out within a week after the property owner gave police authority to move forward with eviction.  At the camp preparations for the move are underway.


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Ann Arbor officials have been notified of another tent community for homeless people in the city. Complaints by neighbors may lead to the eviction of the camp on Burton Road near Packard and U-S 23. The handful of tent community residents face a challenge if they need to find a new place to call home. 

The eventual sale of Ann Arbor's Library Lot should help boost the city's stock of affordable housing. That's because City Council has promised 50 percent of the proceeds will go towards the affordable housing fund.  


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An Ann Arbor home that serves as a beacon of hope is getting a makeover this week.  Washtenaw County Presbyterian Churches are making a difference at a house that serves as a place for food, laundry and friendship for the homeless community.  

 
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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.  


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The city of Ann Arbor is now working with local non-profit organization MISSION as well as Washtenaw County's Project Outreach Team to assist a group of homeless individuals living in tents along the Huron River and under the Maiden Lane bridge. 

Ann Arbor Police had previously visited the site and posted notices on two tents, warning their owners they had 48 hours to vacate the area. MISSION's Vice President, Greg Pratt says public outcry helped reverse the decision.  Pratt adds they are assisting the homeless living in the camp with trash removal, and are also providing them with necessary supplies such as propane, batteries and foodstuffs.

19 warming centers have been established throughout Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti to provide assistance to those that need it, including a newly opened warming center hosted by St. Mary's Student Parish on Williams Street in Ann Arbor.

Pratt says some individuals are unable or unwilling  to go to such places either due to mental illness or the desire to remain autonomous.