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Campaign to End Homelessness report shows 2% decrease in people experiencing homelessness and eviction rate

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November 18, 2022

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Campaign to End Homelessness report shows 2% decrease in people experiencing homelessness and eviction rate decline

2021 annual report summarizes findings and examines proactive strategies and measures to continue addressing housing concerns

 

LANSING, Mich. – Michigan saw a 44% decrease in the number of evictions between 2019 and 2021—with an average of 12.75% over the calendar year, according to The Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA). These findings come from the 2021 Campaign to End Homelessness annual report, which outlines yearly data and statistics relating to homelessness, eviction and housing instability.

Although housing uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic persists, alongside additional obstacles, most of the state of Michigan saw a slight decline in the numbers of people experiencing homelessness, a 2% decrease overall. The report also found 37% of homeless mothers experienced physical/sexual assault. The Michigan Domestic and Sexual Violence Prevention and Treatment Board (DVS/MDSVPTB) funded programs providing safe shelter to 3,178 women and 47 men, resulting in 94% of surveyed survivors saying they were better equipped to stay safe and manage their risk of abuse moving forward.

Racial disparities in accessing and maintaining housing remains a prevalent concern, as Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) communities face decreased access to rental units and an increased inability to pay rent compared to the White population. In 2021, 42% of Black renters and 41% of Latino renters had little or no confidence in their ability to pay the next month’s rent compared to 19% of White renters.

Requests for help with basic needs also saw an uptick, including a 30% hike in housing related calls to Michigan 2-1-1 and a 42% and 16% increase in people seeking referral information for rental housing and needing direct rent payment assistance, respectively.

“Gathering the necessary data to reflect upon our programs and statewide initiatives allows us the insight to better coordinate our efforts and weigh priorities,” said Kelly Rose, Chief Housing Solutions Officer at MSHDA. “Through education, analysis and offerings—we will stay vigilant in our pursuit to help every Michigander find a place to call home.”

Governor Whitmer recently proclaimed November as Homeless Awareness Month, highlighting the proactive strategies and statistical measurement procedures in place to combat homelessness and quantify the population experiencing homelessness, all of which will aid in gauging the housing landscape and evaluating statewide progress.

To view the entire report and/or learn more about MSHDA’s efforts to address Michigan housing concerns, visit https://www.michigan.gov/mshda.

About MSHDA
The Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA), established in 1966, provides financial and technical assistance through public and private partnerships to create and preserve safe and decent affordable housing, engage in community economic development activities, develop vibrant cities, towns and villages, and address homeless issues.

 

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