Lansing area gets share of $4.5 million to help homeless

A pedestrian gives money to a homeless woman on a street corner in midtown Manhattan in New York, Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016. As bitter winter weather arrived in the Northeast, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued an executive order requiring the homeless to be forcibly removed from the streets in freezing temperatures, an unprecedented government intervention that faced immediate legal questions and backlash. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

The homeless and the people who serve them in the greater Lansing area have some help coming their way.

That’s after the state got $4.5 million dollar grant.

The federal government will give Michigan Department of Health and Human Services get $1.5 million dollars a year for the next three years.

The state will give use that money to help the homeless in Detroit, the Lansing area, and in Berrien County.

The money will help people who are chronically homeless and fighting mental illness, drug addiction, and other problems. It will help the homeless fight those problems and find a place to live. It will link them up with health care.

“This is important work that will move us closer to ending chronic homelessness in Michigan,” said MDHHS Director Nick Lyon in a press release. “People experiencing homelessness face significant challenges. We need to continue providing services that remove these barriers and help people move toward life-long success.”

The department will work with Mid-Michigan Recovery Services to help the greater Lansing area.

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