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Even With More Affordable Housing, Camp Take Notice Likely To Play Role In Fighting Homelessness

Jun 11, 2014

The eventual sale of Ann Arbor's Library Lot should help boost the city's stock of affordable housing. That's because City Council has promised 50 percent of the proceeds will go towards the affordable housing fund.  

Homeless advocates are hopeful the commitment from the city will help, but say MISSION and Camp Take Notice will still have a role to play.  

Tate Williams is one of the camp's founders.  He says homeless people helping each other is often a first step towards seeking assistance from traditional organizations.  Williams says that's because people who have withdrawn from society often don't trust people.

Williams says homelessness is like a constantly flowing river with new people all of the time, not a lake that can just be drained.  He says over time Camp Take Notice has worked to get on the same page with a wide variety of agencies and it's a benefit for the whole community.

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— Andrew Cluley is the Ann Arbor beat reporter, and anchor for 89.1 WEMU News. Contact him at 734.487.3363 or email him acluley@emich.edu.