November 10 through November 18, 2012: Homelessness Awareness WeekWHEREAS, in 2010, an estimated 1.59 million people throughout the United States spent at least one night in a homeless shelter or transitional housing program; last year, more than 94,000 Michiganders had no place to call home; and,
WHEREAS, more than 50 percent of Michigan's homeless population consists of families, with more than half of those being homeless for the first time; the number of families affected by homelessness or at risk of having inadequate or unstable housing continues to be a significant community issue; and,
WHEREAS, 2012 marks the 24th consecutive year that Michigan has designated a week to bring attention to the needs of individuals and families who are homeless, and to recognize the efforts being made to address these needs; and,
WHEREAS, during this week, we join with the Michigan State Housing Development Authority, Michigan Coalition Against Homelessness and supporters of Michigan's Campaign to End Homelessness to raise awareness of homelessness in the Great Lakes State; 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 10 through Sunday, November 18, 2012 as Homelessness Awareness Week in Michigan.