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Local Homelessness

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Macomb County is home to many families struggling to make ends meet, faced with poverty, difficulty putting food on the table, and yes, even homelessness.

Browse the statistics below to learn more about the crises of poverty and homelessness in our local community.

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8000

 seniors experienced homelessness in 2019.

 

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76%

 of homeless seniors had a disability.

 

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$667

 monthly income for a family with children experiencing homelessness.

 

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$906

 average Fair Market rent for a two-bedroom apartment in Michigan.

 

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50%

 increase in the Macomb County poverty rate between 2005 and 2011.

 

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50%

 of all K-12 students in the county were eligible for free and reduced lunch in 2020.

 

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10%

 increase in children eligible for free and reduced lunch since 2016.

 

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1,034

 homeless students representing 514 families in the 2012-2013 school year.

 

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2nd

 Macomb County’s ranking in statewide eviction rate from 2014-2018.

 

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1 in 4

 renters suffering eviction between 2014-2018.

 

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 As of 2020 in the state of Michigan, there are:

 

 

Total Homeless Individuals

30,905

Homeless Population Who are Black or African American

46%

Homeless Seniors 55+

5,289

 

Homeless Population with a Disability

32%

Homeless Children

7,172

Average length of days within a homeless experience

55

  Of those experiencing homelessness

for the first time in 2020:

  

Children under 18

22%

were victims of domestic violence

20%

Learn more about the crisis of local homelessness.

Each number represents an individual with a unique STORY.

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The Johnson Family

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"Due to the pandemic, I lost my job. So we went from two incomes to one very quick...It's very very difficult to find housing, an apartment...They don't want to give people an opportunity."

Connie

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"The MCREST program makes us feel, like I said, we're family. They will listen to us no matter what it is. You can be at your lowest moment and they'll take their time, no matter what, to help everybody. That I've seen here."

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Freshauna

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"I had called so many places because I didn't know that shelters didn't take you if you were a mother with a child. I thought that all shelters just take you if you need somewhere to go...We came to MCREST and the support was from day one to the end."

Connisha

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"A safe place to sleep for me and my son. They push me to do better; to become a Certified Nursing Assistant. They never gave up on me."

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