In Michigan... developing plans
to end homelessness in within a decade

Efforts to resolve the problem of homelessness in Michigan continue to draw heavy interest. Michigan's new strategic planning team for ending homelessness met in Lansing on June 9 to focus on issues of homeless families, children, and youth. This was the first meeting of its kind with state and local policymakers, service providers, consumers, and other stakeholders gathered for a special kick-off event for the state's new initiative to end homelessness.

[Photo: Jocelyn Vanda, Pam Paul-Shaheen, Jennifer Granholm, Philip Mangano, and Chuck Kieffer] Pictured to the left are Jocelyn Vanda from Family Independence Agency, Pam Paul-Shaheen, Chair of the Strategic Planning Team, from the Office Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm, U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) Executive Director Philip Mangano, and Chuck Kieffer, Vice-Chair of the Strategic Planning Team, from the Michigan State Housing Development Authority took part in the meeting.

During the meeting, USICH Director Mangano and Region V-Chicago Midwest Regional Coordinator Daryl Hernandez gained commitments from Lansing Mayor Tony Benavides and officials from Ingham County to begin the process of developing ten-year plans to end homelessness.

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Content Archived: July 29, 2011