News Moving Out the Streets By Asha Dawsey | May 4, 2017 LikeTweet EmailPrint More More on News Subscribe to News permalink permalinkThe homelessness population in East Lansing has continued to raise over the past years. But for people like Kenqua Smith, getting out of homelessness is still a top priority. permalink7:23 am Kenqua has his daily Tea after leaving from City Rescue Mission of Downtown Lansing. permalink7:39 am Local friend of Kenqua, right, runs into him leaving from the mission. permalink7:45 am Kenqua stops at the Loft in Downtown Lansing, where he held his first performance as a producer for his ex-music group in 2010. permalink7:50 am “I always hold up this type of peace sign because it represents unity, something we all need.” permalink8:23 am Kenqua enters Rhama Word House, a local warming center open to the public. permalink8:30 am Kenqua rests at Rhama Word House occasionally when travel on the streets of East Lansing. permalink"What they don't know, people that aren't in my shoes, its not an expense to struggle. If you ain't going through what I'm going through you can't judge or ridicule me." permalink“I learned to channel my anger by doing positive stuff, you can make it. Its a lot of people out there that’s millionaires or own business they been in shelters and homeless but they were persistent so that’s what I’m tryna do” permalink9:15 am Kenqua shows his GPS arrest tracker assigned to him for the next eight months. permalink9:30 am Stopping at Lansing Community College where Kenqua will be enrolling for the Fall 2017 semester. permalink9:42 am Sitting in the Lansing Community College production lab, where Kenqua will spend most of his time in Fall 2017. permalink10:07 am Kenqua calls his parole officer as he waits at the CATA bus stop, he constantly looks at a family photo in his wallet to keep him positive. permalink10:18 am Kenqua begins his travels to the next homeless shelter where he spends most of his time during the evening. permalink10:45 am Volunteers of America shelter gives out morning coffee where Kenqua likes to stop by when traveling. permalink"Just because you homeless or living in a shelter doesn't mean you're a bad person. I done met a few good people going through the situation I'm going through." permalink11:23 am Kenqua goes to check on his new pending housing just down the street from the homeless shelter he stays in. permalink11:40 am Taking a smoke break outside of his new residency. permalink"Its just a little process I'm going through but it ain't gone be long before I be back on top." permalink“Only person I’m waiting for is God. I feel like this is a power move because I did it for myself.” permalink12:42 pm Kenqua returns to the City Resuce Mission of Lansing where he waits for their next opening.