Homeless couple in Clinton County loses child due to alleged lack of medical care

By Cydni Robinson
Clinton County Chatter Staff Reporter

On Feb. 24, DeWitt Township Police and Mercy Ambulance were called to the Town and Country Motel, 16262 U.S. Route 27, at 4:52 a.m., said police officials. When Officer Kyle Kolka arrived to the scene he noticed a naked 45-year-old woman lying on her left side on top of a large amount of blood. Allegedly next to the woman was a male infant that was still attached to an umbilical cord and appeared listless, he said. Kolka attempted to clear the child’s airway and begin CPR.

“Pretty much anyone that lives here is aware” of panhandling in Lansing Township

By Ana Williams
Lansing Township News Staff Reporter

Panhandling has become an obvious actvity in Lansing Township. Today, one may find this trend to be quite common specifically in the Frandor area. “I panhandle simply because I need help with my rent,” said 27-year-old James Robinson, who recently was panhandling on the corner of East Michigan Avenue and South Homer Street. “I do have a criminal background, so that makes it really hard for me to find a decent paying job. I have only been panhandling for two months now and have been making little progress everyday.”

Unemployment not the only reason for poverty

By Rachel Bidock
Clinton County Chatter Staff Reporter

At this time of year communities are stepping up to help those less fortunate, but what many people don’t know is that poverty has more than one face. Clinton County faces poverty and homeless problems, explains Pauline Baert, the coordinator for Capital Area Community Services in nearby Lansing, which works toward ending the causes and conditions of poverty in Clinton and surrounding counties. “We are finding them sleeping in their cars,” Baert said. “Families have come to us that have been living in camping trailers with no adequate heat or water.”

The numbers of homeless seemed to have increased in the Clinton County area, according to Baert. “I’ve noticed an increase in the last couple of years,” Baert said.

Homelessness continues despite some improvements

Capital News Service
LANSING — The coming winter and the dropping temperature are a great concern for people without a place to live. Homelessness has improved across Michigan over the past decades but not enough, according to the Michigan Coalition Against Homelessness. “There are services available throughout the state. And many communities have seen increases in the types of services that are available, but those are not significant increases that are across the board,” said Eric Hufnagel, the executive director of the coalition. According to a 2014 report by Michigan’s Campaign to End Homelessness, there were 97,642 homeless people in 2014.

Homelessness down statewide, but higher in the Northern Lower Penninsula

Capital News Service
LANSING – While improving economic conditions have reduced homelessness overall in the state, the numbers are still rising for some regions, including the Northern Lower Penninsula. A total of 94,033 people were homeless in Michigan sometime in 2011, according to the Michigan Coalition Against Homelessness. That is down 6 percent from the previous year. That reduction is strong evidence of successful work by programs such as the Michigan Campaign to End Homelessness, said Eric Hufnagel, executive director of the coalition. This campaign was launched in 2006 to prevent homelessness and support people at risk of becoming homeless.