Sohail Chaudhry, standing in front of a verse from the Quran in his office at The Islamic Center of East Lansing Thursday, Mar. 2, 2017.

Living in East Lansing as a Muslim

Lansing area Muslims say they’re seeing increasing hostility toward their community. Nationally, anti-Muslim assaults in 2015 reached the highest level since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. There were 91 aggravated or simple assaults motivated by anti-Muslim bias in 2015, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of FBI hate crime statistics. That was a 63 percent increase over the previous year and the highest since 93 were reported in 2001.

Dr. Peter Chiaravalli volunteers his time at the Volunteers of America Michigan Dental Clinic.

How do people descend into poverty and how does that affect Lansing?

Eviction blindsides many people at the bottom of the income scale. Citizens in poverty – those people making equal to or less than $12,000 annually in a single-person family according to the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation – are in a tough situation because they have no resource net besides their paychecks.

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Donuts on the go..

On the stretch of grand river, donuts on the go. Petey’s Donuts is now opened on Albert and Division selling cinnamon sugar and plain donuts. For just a dollar, these donuts are made fresh every day and the truck is out from 8 a.m. till 6 p.m.

“Wow… that’s a sugary donut right there.” said MSU student Devin Young.