For decades, Michigan has had a continuous issue with housing and homelessness; something that the state has continuously been looking into. While the issue is ongoing, the state has taken many measures to alleviate the problem for families in need. According to the State of Michigan Housing Data Portal, out of all the homes on the market in 2021, only 1.9% of homes were vacant and available to rent or for sale. The National Low Income Housing Coalition estimates that in Michigan alone, there is a 190,000 unit shortage of rental homes that are affordable and available for low income renters. Published in June of 2022, The State of Michigan released Michigan’s Statewide Housing Plan, a first for Michigan, where it outlines past and present issues that the state is having with housing.
The Lansing Public School District has been working through transportation issues due to bus driver shortages and although improving, there is still much work to do. “If anyone wants to be a bus driver, please let us know,” Superintendent Benjamin Shuldiner said at a recent school board meeting. At the beginning of each board meeting, Shuldiner lists the amount of gas cards, Capital Area Transportation Authority passes and Dean Transportation sign ups as well as the number of people on the waitlist. This October meeting was no different. As of Oct.
After the East Lansing City Council announced that the vote on an affordable housing apartment complex on 530 Albert St. was being postponed, community members were audibly disappointed and upset. “Are they afraid of us?” one woman exclaimed. The plan for construction would take out the Bailey Street parking lot located just behind Grand River Avenue on Bailey and Albert streets. While some were all for integrating affordable housing near campus, many were concerned about parking post construction and the strain that it would have on businesses, their employees and long time customers.
Labor Day is a time for relaxation, family and of course the day off work. Some people use this time to relax at home, but more people use this day to spend time at the Huron-Clinton Metroparks, picnicking, swimming and golfing with friends and family. Ever since the Metroparks were founded in 1940, they have strived to create a safe and relaxing place for park goers of the community to enjoy. With three districts that span through the heart of Metro-Detroit, there are endless opportunities for fun. Lower Huron, Willow and Oakwoods Metroparks are three of the 13 Metroparks in the Huron-Clinton Authority.