Category: Unhoused

jon foster walking through the snow

January 10, 2022

Jon Foster’s drive to get out and stay out – of jail and homelessness – is slowed down by the realities of trudging through an inefficient system.

jon foster in front of a microphone

January 3, 2022

Finding himself at the bottom, Jon Foster documents his new start from here in Kalamazoo’s system for the unhoused.

jon foster sits across a desk from a social worker

December 16, 2021

When Kalamazoo city officials broke up encampments, they told people to seek help at the Gospel Mission and Ministry With Community. From there, the search for assistance continues in a poorly organized system.

an illustration of the inside of a modpod shelter with two beds and shelves

October 22, 2021

Local group to invest in 50 pod shelters for unhoused people in Kalamazoo.

a screenshot of Kalamazoo city commissioners in a virtual meeting

October 20, 2021

Kzoo residents are irate over the clearing of homeless encampments. City leaders say they had little choice.

a portrait of Laura Lam

October 19, 2021

The Kalamazoo city official who runs point on the homelessness crisis discusses encampment policies, strategies, and the solutions they are hoping to implement.

a truck pulls a camper out of the mud

October 15, 2021

City leaders say solution to encampment problems is on the horizon, but proposal is months away.

police tape stretched across a field

October 13, 2021

Oct. 8 incident comes two days after city of Kalamazoo instructed police to physically remove 100+ unhoused people from year-and-a-half-old encampment.

police officers stand in front of wire fencing and caution tape around a homeless encampment

October 12, 2021

Police forcibly removed people from the Ampersee encampment last week. Homeless advocates scrambled to help.

police officers stand in front of wire fencing and caution tape around a homeless encampment

October 7, 2021

Residents were given 5 minutes to grab their things and go.