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Lansing skyline
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A new report finds more than 15,000 children in Michigan are homeless.  A study by the Michigan League for Public Policy and the University of Michigan indicates the number of homeless kids under age four is almost three times higher than what’s reported by Michigan’s shelter system.

 


Tracie Baise takes orders from clients in the Homeless Angels food truck.
Abigail Censky, WKAR

Even in a wind storm the Homeless Angels food truck has attracted a crowd of over forty people. Three people buzz around the inside of the food truck in a chaotic ballet heaping beans and taco toppings on top of a bed of Doritos as Tracie Baise takes orders.

Every Sunday the Homeless Angels team heads to a different Lansing park to serve up hot meals for people experiencing homelessness. This week it’s Reuter park and before the day is over they’ll serve 95 people.

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Police have made about 10 arrests while clearing out a homeless camp in southwestern Michigan that's been a focus of protests since last month seeking better resources for homeless people.

Homeless Man
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An overnight homeless shelter in Traverse City is closing for the season after extending services during the cold early spring.

We look ahead to what the Michigan legislature will tackle in 2018; the remarkable singing career of Anita Baker as she prepares for a farewell tour; Jackson's new mayor Derek Dobies; MSU's top ranking in college basketball; an East Lansing place where you can volunteer and more. 


City Rescue Mission's sign
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With temperatures dipping to the single digits and below zero in the Lansing area, local homeless shelters are providing as much assistance as they can.


Jackie and Kenneth in the kitchen
Katie Cook / WKAR-MSU

During the holidays, many are looking for ways to volunteer and give back to those in need. East Lansing’s Haven House provides emergency housing and support services for families, and it relies on volunteers to prepare the meals for residents. WKAR’s Katie Cook stopped by on a Saturday to talk with some of these volunteers.

 


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WKAR File Photo

Subzero temperatures are expected in Mid-Michigan over the next 24 hours, so the region’s largest homeless shelter is preparing to house more people than usual. 

 


Reginald Hardwick / WKAR-MSU

Two members of the Michigan Coalition Against Homelessness joined the July 15 edition of "Current State" to talk about homeless numbers in Michigan, a drive to gather and distribute hygiene products and how you can help. 


man and sign
Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

The Lansing branch of Volunteers of America Michigan is one of the largest homeless services providers in the state.  Now, its director is getting  a promotion.  On July 1, Patrick Patterson will become the next president and CEO of Volunteers of America Michigan. 

 


woman near dental equipment
Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

A new service is starting Tuesday to help the homeless in mid-Michigan.  The Volunteers of America is opening a dental clinic at its downtown Lansing shelter.


New funding is coming to Michigan to assist young homeless people. Youth in Michigan who have experienced homelessness are playing a part in plans to help.

The Empowerment Plan photo
Courtesy photo

A Detroit non-profit is getting national attention with the innovative way they are caring for and employing the homeless. We find out about The Empowerment Plan.


Mike Kark photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

A group working with Lansing’s homeless population is moving from a southside hotel to a new facility in Lansing Township. Current State's Scott Pohl talks with Mike Karl of the Homeless Angels about the move and what it means to people seeking shelter in the area.


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Kevin Lavery / WKAR

With Thanksgiving marking the start of the traditional holiday season, we’re entering the peak time for charitable giving. 


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