Veterans are a shrinking part of county's homeless population

By Xin Wen
Ingham County Chronicle Staff Reporter

Around 6.5 percent of people living in Ingham County — 14,808 residents — have veteran status in Ingham County, according to the Census Reporter web site. And the number of those who are homeless is quickly dropping. The total count of homeless veterans in the city of Lansing decreased from 485 to 241 during the year 2015, according to the 2015 homeless data from City of Lansing Human Relations and Community Service Department. U.S Department of Veterans Affairs is committed to ending homelessness among veterans. There were 2,490 veterans who received VA Disability Compensation or Pension benefits during 2015 in Ingham County, according to a report.

Schools are not immune from discrimination

By Xin Wen
Ingham County Chronicle Staff Reporter

Discrimination is a wide problem in modern society, and schools are not immune. Since 2010, the Michigan Department of Civil Rights received 1,305 education contacts. The department has started 445 educational complaint investigations. “Individuals can first file a complaint with us and then we will start our investigation process,” said Mark C. Bishop, who is the strategic partnership coordinator at the Michigan Department of Civil Rights. “If you file the complaint, we will first do the investigation and find out what’s going on for the complaint.

Ingham County population much more mobile than state, national averages

By Xin Wen
Ingham County Chronicle Staff Reporter

The percentage of people who are geographically mobile in Ingham County is nearly double the rate in Michigan and even the national percentage. In Ingham County, 27.4 percent of people have moved since the previous year, according to the censusreporter.org.The national rate of geographically mobility people is 14.9 percent, while the percentage in the state of Michigan is also at 14.9 percent>. Data from censusreporter.org showing that the percentage of population moving within Ingham County is 14 percent, which is about 1.5 times the rate in Michigan. Data from censusreporter.org showing that the percentage of Ingham’s population moving from different counties is 10 percent, which more than double the rate in Michigan. Zeenat Kotval-Karamchandani, an instructor of urban and regional planning at Michigan State University, said students moving to and from MSU are raising the mobility rate.

East Lansing schools working to educate homeless children

By Xin Wen
Ingham County Chronicle Staff Reporter

EAST LANSING — Kris Chapman, the director of special education for East Lansing schools, addressed the McKinney-Vento Act at a recent meeting of East Lansing Board of Education. Chapman said the primary purpose of the act is to aid educational opportunities for students who have been through homelessness. “Children who lack a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence could ask for help and contact the program,” she said, “ The McKinney-Vento Act would assurance for educational stability to the homelessness like immediate enrollment, free breakfast and lunch, transportation, title services, clothing and school supplies such as backpacks.”

Chapman said students’ parents do not need to have the typical documentation that is usually required, such as vaccination records, to enroll immediately. Chapman gave the examples of situations where children and youth fall within the M-V law. “Children and youth who share housing due to the loss of housing, economic hardship or similar reason, live in motels, hotels, trailer parks or campgrounds due to lack of alternative accommodation, live in emergency or transitional shelters or live in cars, parks, public spaces and abandon buildings, await foster care placement are all of the examples of situations,” she said.

Ingham County population much more mobile than state, national averages

By Xin Wen
Ingham County Chronicle Staff Reporter

The percentage of people who are geographically mobile in Ingham County is nearly double the rate in Michigan and even the national percentage. In Ingham County, 27.4 percent of people have moved since the previous year, according to the censusreporter.org.The national rate of geographically mobility people is 14.9 percent, while the percentage in the state of Michigan is also at 14.9 percent>. Data from censusreporter.org showing that the percentage of population moving within Ingham County is 14 percent, which is about 1.5 times the rate in Michigan. Data from censusreporter.org showing that the percentage of Ingham’s population moving from different counties is 10 percent, which more than double the rate in Michigan. Hillary Henderson, a real estate agent working on the Coldwell Banker Hubbell BriarWood, said the most of customers she faces recently are Michigan State faculty.

County to seek grant for park and landing renovations, construction

By Xin Wen
Ingham County Chronicle Staff Reporter

At the Feb. 29 Ingham County Parks and Recreation Commission meeting, there was a recommendation to the Ingham County Parks Department to apply for grants to renovate the overlook shelter and picnic area at Burchfield Park. The department would apply to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources for a Recreation Passport grant to fund those renovations and also the construction of a canoe/kayak launch at McNamara Landing for the purpose of providing a universally-accessible landing site. Jeff Dehl, the manager of Burchfield Park, said the grant money would improve public accessibility and enhance recreational experience, promote recreational activity and healthy lifestyles, promote local tourism, and create economic benefits, among other benefits. Laura Granger, from the Washtanong, a non-profit river conservancy, said she totally agrees with theidea and the commission can try to gather voluntary contributions of money or other resources through fundraisers.

Credit card fraud an ongoing problem locally, nationally

By Xin Wen
Ingham County Chronicle Staff Reporter

Ten percent of Americans have been victims of credit card fraud, according to the Statistic Brain Web. Some of those victims are from Ingham County. “I have twice” been a victim, Ted Johnson, a bus driver, said. Johnson said he got the verification from his bank first, but he did not report it to the police. Thomas Holt, an assistant professor in the School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University, said fraud can manifest itself in different ways.

Influx of Asian students at MSU is diversifying Ingham County as a whole

By Xin Wen
Ingham County Chronicle Staff Reporter

EAST LANSING — There were 7,568 international students enrolled in fall 2015 at Michigan State University. International student enrollment has grown 28.3 percent over the last five years, according to the 2015 Statistical Report of Michigan State University. Those students have also been broadening Ingham County’s diversity, and its bottom line. International students and their families contributed a net $308.0 million and supported 4,721 jobs in the Lansing economy in the 2014-2015 school year, according to NAFSA.org. In Ingham County, 9,691 residents were born in Asia, according to Mooseroots.