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Michigan Receives $4.5 Million in U.S. Grants to Aid Homeless

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The Department of Health and Human Services will fund local efforts in Detroit, the Lasning area, and Berrien County.

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The federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration is giving Michigan funding to serve its homeless population. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services will receive $4.5 million over the next three years to aid homeless communities in Detroit, the Lansing area, and Berrien County. Spokesperson Bob Wheaton says the goal is to break down barriers to success, and address each individual’s unique needs.

Whether it be successful in finding and maintaining housing or employment, all the things they can do to he successful and self-sufficient and support their families.”

Bob Wheaton, Spokesperson for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services

Wheaton says in 2014, of the 97,000 homeless people living in Michigan, 26,000 reside in Metro-Detroit and chronic homelessness affected nearly 10,000 people.

Eli Newman, Reporter/Producer

Eli Newman is a Reporter/Producer for 101.9 WDET, covering breaking news, politics and community affairs. His favorite Motown track is “It’s The Same Old Song” by the Four Tops. Follow @other_eli

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