Lansing homelessness rates continue to increase, despite state decrease

LANSING, Mich.—There are at least 515 unhoused people in Lansing on any given night, according to a report from The National Allegiance To End Homelessness. Organizations like City Rescue Mission of Lansing and The Congregation of Every1 (COE) show that it takes a lot of people to help a lot of people. 

“Last year, we provided 365 meals every day. So that’s a little over 133,000 meals last year,” said Laura Grimwood, senior director of community engagement at The City Rescue Mission. For 113 years, The City Rescue Mission of Lansing has prided itself on providing “food, shelter, and hope” to those who need it most. They have a number of locations that offer a variety of services, such as a dining room on Michigan Avenue that offers food to anyone who may need it, a men’s shelter, a women’s shelter and The Outreach, which is designed to help individuals who may struggle in a typical shelter environment.

Angela Gabridge is the executive director of MiGen, a Ferndale-based nonprofit focused on elderly LGBTQ+ people.

New resource centers for LGBTQ+ seniors ‘guaranteed to be welcoming’ 

LGBTQ+ SENIORS: Two new Metro Detroit senior centers are focused on older LGBTQ+ residents, filling what advocates say is a need for services they may otherwise not get. We hear from a Ferndale-based nonprofit and the UP Area Agency on Aging. By Alex Walters. FOR DETROIT, MARQUETTE, SAULT STE. MARIE, IRON MOUNTAIN, ST. IGNACE, CHEBOYGAN, LANSING CITY PULSE AND ALL POINTS.

Aaron Kinzel is a lecturer in criminal justice studies at the University of Michigan-Dearborn and the co-founder of the nonprofit Second Chance Battalion.

Programs help convicts clear their records, find jobs

CLEAN SLATE: Michigan’s Clean Slate initiative has automatically set aside 1,394,000 convictions for around 907,000 ex-offenders, State Police figures show. An upcoming expungement fair is scheduled for Detroit. We talk to the co-founder, from Monroe County, of a nonprofit group, the executive director of Safe & Just Michigan and a criminal justice professor at Northern Michigan University. Includes reference to U-M. By Anish Topiwala. FOR MONROE, DETROIT, MARQUETTE, SAULT STE. MARIE, BAY MILLS, IRON MOUNTAIN AND ALL POINTS.

Chad Techner is the director of Metro Food Rescue

Food banks face crunch as demand rises

FOOD INSECURITY: Food banks across the state are facing increased demand at a time of inflation and are looking for additional ways to serve hungry people in need. We hear from three Metro Detroit programs. References to Livingston and Monroe counties. By Anish Topiwala. FOR MICHIGAN FARM BUREAU, DETROIT, MONROE, FOWLERVILLE, LANSING CITY PULSE AND ALL POINTS.

10 largest grants awarded this year to nonprofits for programs to help low-income residents join the job market. Source: Department of Labor and Economic Growth.

State grants to community nonprofits aim to help job seekers succeed

REENTRY GRANTS: Nonprofits based in Saginaw, Holland and Grand Rapids are among those receiving state grants worth $14.4 million for programs to help ex-inmates find and retain jobs. We talk to those two groups, the director of the Department of Labor and Economic Growth and an organization advocating more alternatives to incarceration. References to Montcalm, Alpena, Iron, Cheboygan, Marquette, Oakland, Midland, Chippewa, Wayne and Monroe counties. By Theo Scheer. FOR HOLLAND, MIDLAND, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, CORP! GREENVILLE, WKTV, IRON MOUNTAIN, SAULT STE. MARIE, MIDLAND, CHEBOYGAN, DETROIT AND ALL POINTS.

Rep. Emily Dievendorf, D-Lansing, has proposed a bill of rights for homeless Michigan residents

Steep challenges face homeless students, experts say

STUDENT HOMELESSNESS: Homeless students often slip under the radar, and their plight draws insufficient attention from college administrators and others, advocates say. We learn about what Northern Michigan University is doing to address the problem, hear from the Michigan Association of State Universities and talk to a Lansing lawmaker who is pushing to establish a bill of rights for homeless Michigan residents. By Elijah Taub. FOR MARQUETTE, LANSING CITY PULSE, SAULT STE. MARIE, IRON MOUNTAIN, ST. IGNACE AND ALL POINTS.

Equine Learning Center promotes inclusive equine-assisted services for Lansing

ECL, originally the Beekman Therapeutic Riding Center, was founded by John Breaugh in 1979. Breaugh was the former principal of Beekman Center, the special education center next door to ECL. A welcome gate separates the indoor arena from the horse stables at the Equine Center for Learning on Nov. 27. The horses are led from their outside stables to the indoor arena for riding lessons during the weekday afternoons and evenings.

Lansing Human Relations Department promotes National Hunger and Homeless Awareness Week with Community Connect event

Lansing’s Human Relations and Community Service Department (HRCSD) hosted its Community Connect event at the Capital Area Transit Authority (CATA) downtown transportation center as a part of National Hunger and Homeless Awareness Week. HRCSD has been doing this outreach event for the homeless for some years now but this is their second year holding the event at the CATA center to accommodate the increase in attendees.