On Feb. 20 2017, a small group begins to gather outside of City Rescue Mission of Lansing.

Organizations reach helping hands to the homeless

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.

Candidates face off for open county commission seats

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.

Women’s Center builds program to help women enter skilled trades

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.