November 15-23, 2014: Homeless Awareness Week

WHEREAS, last year more than 92,000 citizens throughout Michigan went without a place to call home; and,

WHEREAS, 13,974 family households with children were homeless in 2013, with 47 percent of those being first-time homeless; and the number of families affected by homelessness or are at-risk of having inadequate or unstable housing continues to be a significant community issue; and,

WHEREAS, this marks the 26th successive year that Michigan has designated a week to bring attention to the needs of individuals and families who are homeless, and to recognize the efforts being made to address these needs; and,

WHEREAS, the Michigan Coalition Against Homelessness, the Michigan State Housing Development Authority, and supporters of Michigan’s Campaign to End Homelessness are some of the many dedicated organizations in this state whose efforts continue to make a difference in the lives of many homeless citizens in our communities; and,

WHEREAS, the Campaign to End Homelessness and its many supporters helped bring about a 17 percent decrease in the number of persons counted living on the streets since 2011; and,

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim November 15-23, 2014 Homeless Awareness Week in Michigan.