NEW YORK — As more people move into a city, population, housing and overall living expenses seem to go one way—up. Manhattan is no different. People move in, prices increase, and those who have lived in a neighborhood their entire life may find that they can no longer afford it, said Nicole Gelinas a Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute, a local based think tank, and an expert in state and local fiscal policy, along with public transportation and infrastructure. The cost of living has changed significantly over several different time periods, and for different reasons she said. “Since the financial crisis, so we’ll say since 2008, the sales market has certainly increased markedly in prices,” Gelinas said.
If you ask Okemos High School guidance Counselor Beth Josephson how many students lost their house last year, she’ll have a guess. If you ask her how many students resort to stealing to feel like they’re keeping up with their peers, she’ll give you another guess. But if you ask Josephson who these students are, she couldn’t tell you — because she doesn’t know. 2014 data by U.S. News & World Report reports that 15 percent of Okemos High Students are considered economically disadvantaged. This means that of the 1,325 students currently enrolled at Okemos High School, almost 200 students fit in this category.
On Saturday, March 29, from 2-5 p.m. City Limits East Bowling Center will host “Strike Out for a Cause” to raise money for the Community Resources Commission (CRC) Emergency Needs Fund. Proceeds will assist Meridian residents in financial crisis. Most of the CRC funds assist the evicted or have had their utilities shut off, but they are also used for medication, food and bus passes. Over 90 percent assisted are seniors, families and disabled individuals. “Each household has different circumstances, from a medical crisis to job loss to fleeing domestic violence, that are mitigating factors in their crisis,” said Human Services Specialist Darla Jackson.