November 11-19, 2017: Homelessness Awareness Week

WHEREAS, last year more than 66,000 residents throughout Michigan experienced homelessness; and,

WHEREAS, 9,795 households with children were homeless in 2016. 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, the number of seniors, aged 55 and above, experiencing homelessness has increased by 9 percent from 2014-2016 to 7,919; and,

WHEREAS, the Michigan Coalition Against Homelessness, the Michigan State Housing Development Authority, and supporters of Michigan’s Campaign to End Homelessness are some of the many dedicated organizations in this state whose efforts continue to make a difference in the lives of many homeless citizens in our communities; and,

WHEREAS, the Campaign to End Homelessness and its many supporters helped bring about a 9 percent decrease in the number of persons counted living on the streets from 2014-2016;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim November 11-19, 2017 as Homelessness Awareness Week in Michigan.