11:47 am
Thu January 29, 2015

Volunteers brave cold to connect with Lansing's homeless

Dozens of people led by the Volunteers of America in Lansing scoured the streets early Thursday morning to seek out the homeless and guide them to shelter.
Kevin Lavery/WKAR

Dozens of volunteers have wrapped up an evening out in the cold on the streets of Lansing. Last night, the Volunteers of America in Lansing conducted its annual Point in Time Count, which tracks the homeless in our community.

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12:02 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Pilot program seeks permanent housing for Lansing's homeless

Rebecca Porter (left) was homeless for most of the past year. She is working with case worker Amanda Fleckenstein (right) and others at Volunteers of America Michigan to move into permanent housing. She hopes to be in her new home by Christmas.
Credit Kevin Lavery/WKAR

Michigan’s long winter months can give anyone the blues, but it’s an especially dangerous time for the homeless. Hundreds of people in mid-Michigan live on the streets, and their circumstances are diverse. In Lansing, officials are so far pleased with the results of a pilot program to move 11 people out of a makeshift camp and into permanent housing.

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10:57 am
Thu November 13, 2014

Advocates say homelessness shouldn't be a crime

Eric Hufnagel is executive director of the Michigan Coalition Against Homelessness
Credit http://mihomeless.org/

A group of pastors and volunteers for a local non-profit in Ft. Lauderdale are facing jail time and hundreds of dollars in fine after a run-in with police last week. Their crime? Passing out food to the homeless in a city park. Advocates for the homeless says these kinds of ordinances are part of a larger trend of cities criminalizing the activities of homeless people. Here in Michigan, a number of cities have ordinances restricting vagrancy and panhandling.

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12:55 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

Six months in, Lansing homeless clinic reduces ER visits

The clinic at 430 N. Larch in Lansing is jointly run by Sparrow Health Systems and Volunteers of America Michigan. Officials say since it opened in March, their on-site services have helped reduce the number of ambulance calls to the shelter.
Credit Courtesy - Volunteers of America Michigan

Back in March, we told you on this program about a new venture between Sparrow Health System and Volunteers of America Michigan. That project was the creation of a new medical clinic near downtown Lansing to meet the needs of the region’s homeless population.

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Arts & Culture
11:47 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Neighbors in Action: The Homeless Angels

The Homeless Angels aims to share the stories of the homeless with the larger Lansing community.
Credit The Homeless Angels

It’s Wednesday and time for our Neighbors in Action segment, where we feature people and organizations working to make our community a better place. Today we feature The Homeless Angels, a new Lansing-based organization that does outreach and referrals primarily for street-based homeless people.

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10:59 am
Mon March 3, 2014

New clinic opens doors to Lansing's homeless

Joe Ruth, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Sparrow Health Systems, said the clinic will run like a family practice and be open to anyone in the community that needs care.
Credit Courtesy of Sparrow

  Today marks the very first day that homeless individuals in the Capitol region will have a medical clinic to call their own.

The new $900,000 project, which is located at 430 N. Larch Street, is a collaboration between the area’s largest healthcare provider, Sparrow Health System, and the region’s largest homeless services provider, Volunteers of America Michigan. 

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