- If people cannot pay for a place to live, they are at risk of becoming homeless.
- Families with children are losing their housing at unparalleled rates. They are among the fastest growing segment of the homeless population.
- A drop in affordable housing and the limited amount of housing assistance programs are the primary causes of homelessness.
- Housing costs have risen, putting housing out of reach for the poorest Americans.
- It takes 105 hours of work per week at minimum wage to afford a two bedroom apartment at fair market rent.
By Paula Evans Neuman
Steven Gunther, 16, of Allen Park has earned Eagle Scout status, Scouting’s highest honor. For his Eagle project, Gunther collected and donated more than 100 sleeping bags to help homeless people served by ChristNet stay warm and comfortable.
ChristNet is a partnership of more than 50 churches that offer rotating emergency shelter for men, women and children without homes. The ministry’s “guests” are offered a warm place to stay overnight and three meals a day for up to 30 days without charge.
Once he was lost, but now Montie is found!
EDITOR'S NOTE -- When AP National Writer Martha Irvine learned that her family had been reunited with a long-lost cousin, she set out to tell his story -- and that of the big-hearted kin who embraced him.