Helen Korneffel came to Michigan State University in 2017. Her journalistic interests include editorial writing and breaking news. In additional to the Spartan Newsroom, her reporting has appeared in the Troy Gazette Newspaper and The Red Cedar Log - Michigan State University's official yearbook.
The work being done by local organizations that help the homeless is making a difference, leaders and volunteers say. The number of homeless people in Michigan has been declining, according to Michigan’s Campaign to End Homelessness, a consortium of government and nonprofit efforts to address homeless issues. According to the campaign’s 2017 annual report, Michigan saw a decrease in the total number of people experiencing homelessness for the third year in a row. “The hard work that all of the organizations across Michigan are putting into this issue is what is helping the decrease in homelessness in our state,” said Rebecca Zemla, who has worked at Capital Area Community Services for 34 years and is a supervisor at its Owosso Service Center. “They are really working hard with very difficult populations, like the chronic homeless.”
In 2017, there were an estimated 63,024 people in Michigan who were “literally homeless,” defined as lacking a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence.
The Eastside Community Action Center, located in Lansing’s Eastside neighborhood, offers an after-school program for children in the neighborhood. This program gives children an outlet for creativity, as well as a place to hone skills learned in school.
Allen Farmers Market vendors have moved indoors to sell their products. Because of this shift, residents can continue to access fresh produce and other products during the cold months. The market on Lansing’s east side operates outdoors through Oct. 31.
Ingham County voters will elect a new county commission in today’s election. At least four of the 14 seats on the ballot in districts across the county will see new commissioners, as no incumbents are seeing re-election in those districts. Those four districts include parts of Lansing, Delhi Township and Meridian Township. District 3, southwest Lansing
Republican Beverly Hansen faces off against Democrat Derrell Slaughter for a two-year term to replace Sarah Anthony, who is running for state representative. District 7, portions of south Lansing and Delhi Township
Alexa Krueger, Republican
Krueger is a graduate of the University of Michigan.
Forty-eight years after leaving high school to enlist in the Navy, retired Chief Petty Officer Dann Huisken received his high school diploma from the Lansing School District Board of Education on Thursday.
The Women’s Center of Greater Lansing is helping area women build careers in the skilled trades, one concrete slab and brick at a time. The center graduated its first class of six students in July from the new Women in Skilled Trades Apprenticeship Readiness Program. It’s among several programs at the center designed to help women re-enter the workforce.
A 100-year-old industrial complex near Lansing’s REO Town could soon become a mix of apartments and offices. Lansing City Council on Oct. 8 approved a brownfield tax incentive plan to reimburse the developer for environmental cleanup costs related to the site at 735 Hazel St. Project developers expect the first phase of the project to cost about $14.5 million. The incentive package would reimburse the developer about $5.8 million over 30 years for costs associated with cleaning up the property.