Homeless Awareness Week

Nov 9, 2012

Homeless Awareness Week in Michigan is November 10-18. The idea is to highlight the causes of homelessness and the issues that homeless people face. There are events planned in Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Lansing, Port Huron, and other towns.

In Livingston County a group of people will live in their cars for 24 hours and eat only what they can buy with about $5 in food stamps, in order to raise awareness.

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Meghan Takashima is a program manager with the Corporation for Supportive Housing in Detroit. She says having a place to live is a basic human right.

She says in America we tend to demonize the homeless and "step over them without really seeing them." Takashima says no one deserves to live on the street or in a shelter.

Last year there were 94,000 homeless people in Michigan. About half of them were families with children while the other half were single adults.