Homelessness, year round and just around the corner


By Jazzy Teen
Listen Up, Lansing

LANSING – As temperatures plummet in months surrounding the holidays, greater concern and attention for the homeless population is given. While aid and support during the winter months is very appreciated by local Lansing shelters and homeless individuals personally, homelessness is not seasonal. “I’ve been working here [Jersey Giant, a sandwich shop] since early fall, and it’s pretty consistent all throughout the year. I’ve seen at least six to seven homeless people a day in this area since I’ve started, regardless of the weather,” said Mason Hannah of Lansing, in reference to the traffic stops near U.S. Highway 127 on East Saginaw Street and East Grand River Avenue. According to data provided by the Michigan’s Campaign to End Homelessness’ website, there are more than 86,000 homeless people in Michigan, with over one-third of the homeless being the working poor.