This week I attended my first meeting with the Michigan Campaign to End Homelessness. This is not a new initiative, but the League is new to the Campaign’s State Implementation Group.
Being a part of this Campaign seems like a natural fit for the League as we work to help vulnerable families and populations around the state. I went into the meeting knowing little about the Campaign, but learned a lot.
There are more than 86,000 homeless people in Michigan, the size of a large city. Over one-third of the homeless are working poor and nearly 60 percent are female heads of households.
I didn’t know that Michigan is the only state addressing homelessness on a statewide basis. Every community in our state has a 10-year plan to end homelessness. These local efforts are coordinated and supported at the state level.
The Campaign’s goal is to end homelessness by 2016. Certainly a formidable goal. But I’m learning that there are lots of folks in communities working diligently on this goal. They include service agencies, faith-based organizations, government entities, local leaders and business leaders.
If you go to the Campaign’s website, you can find the 10-year plan to end homelessness for your community. I hope you’ll take a look. In the end, no one should have to sleep on the streets, in a box or in a car.