November 16 - 24, 2013: Homelessness Awareness Week

WHEREAS, in 2012, more than 93,000 Michiganders had no place to call home; and,

WHEREAS, more than 50 percent of Michigan’s homeless population consists of families with children, with more than half of those families being homeless for the first time; the number of families affected by homelessness or at risk of having inadequate or unstable housing continues to be a significant issue for every Michigan community; and,

WHEREAS, 2013 marks the 25th consecutive year that Michigan has designated a week to bring attention to the needs of those who are homeless, and who lack the resources to provide the necessary stability for themselves and their families. This week also serves to recognize the efforts being made by the individuals and organizations working to address these needs; and,

WHEREAS, during this week, we join with the Michigan Coalition Against Homelessness and supporters of Michigan’s Campaign to End Homelessness to raise awareness of homelessness in Michigan; we encourage all citizens to recognize the importance of ending homelessness and to support efforts toward this cause;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim Saturday, November 16 through Sunday, November 24, 2013 as Homelessness Awareness Week in Michigan.