November 12 through November 20, 2011: Homelessness Awareness Week

WHEREAS, in 2009, an estimated 1.56 million people throughout the United States spent at least one night in a homeless shelter, and in Michigan, more than 100,000 citizens remain without a place to call home; and,


WHEREAS, more than 50 percent of Michigan's homeless population consists of families, and the number of families affected by homelessness or at risk of having inadequate or unstable housing continues to grow; and,


WHEREAS, homelessness is a serious public health issue that contributes to disproportionately high rates of physical and mental illnesses and homeless individuals as victims of violence; and,


WHEREAS, during this week, we join with the Michigan State Housing Development Authority, the Michigan Coalition Against Homelessness and other community organizations and agencies throughout the state to raise awareness of homelessness in Michigan; we encourage all citizens to recognize the importance of ending homelessness and to support efforts toward this cause;


NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, Governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim Saturday, November 12 through Sunday, November 20, 2011 as Homelessness Awareness Week in Michigan.