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Addressing The Homeless Issue In Washtenaw County

Mar 30, 2016

Credit Washtenaw County

A county campaign called Washtenaw Zero: 2016 exceeded its goal on providing housing for the homeless.


The original goal was to help 153 veterans find housing in 2015, but 172 were helped.  

Washtenaw County Human Services manager Andrea Plevek says they succeeded thanks to the help of community groups, such as the Washtenaw Housing Alliance.  The groups came together to help build a system that breaks down barriers between organizations that allows them to meet community needs.

In addition to homeless veterans, the program provided housing for 158 chronically homeless people.  That's 37 more than expected.  For the complete Washtenaw Zero: 2016 study, click here.

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