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More than 30,000 homeless in Michigan housed in 2014

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State officials report there were 33,896 fewer people living in shelters or on the streets in Michigan in 2014. That's according to an annual report released by the Michigan Interagency Council on Homelessness.

The Council was established by an Executive Order from Gov. Snyder in January. It made public its annual Campaign to End Homelessness – State of Homelessness in Michigan report this week at the Building Michigan Communities Conference (BMCC).

“We've got people focused on homelessness. That is something we can't give up on,” Snyder said Wednesday during the closing keynote address at the BMCC. “We need to reach out and help people where they need the most help.

”According to the report, 117,808 people received care and support during a significant housing crisis in 2014. Sixty-six percent of those people were experiencing homelessness and 34 percent -- 20,912 people -- were at risk of becoming homeless.“We were given options instead of deadlines,” said Sharon Bass, who lived in a homeless encampment in Grand Rapids called North Camp for three years before being transitioned to permanent housing.

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