Justice Unhoused

Kzoo commits $250K to housing the houseless

County agencies are moving people from tent camps into hotel rooms.

Organizations in Kalamazoo are undertaking a major effort to move homeless people into temporary shelters. That effort just got a boost from the City of Kalamazoo in the form of a $250,000 grant.

What Happened: A program based out of the United Way of the Battle Creek and Kalamazoo Region is relocating people living in tent camps throughout the city into temporary accommodations.

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The goal is to provide unhoused people with a safe place to live while providing them with services to help them get into more permanent housing. The venue, which is an undisclosed former hotel, also provides residents with meals and laundry facilities.

On Monday, the Kalamazoo City Commission voted to allocate $250,000 toward the effort. The money comes from the city’s Foundation for Excellence, which was established with funding from several wealthy donors in 2018. Specifically, the money comes from unspent funds from last year.

The money will help the program operate through May – a month longer than originally planned.

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