Groups meet to seek help in Lansing housing emergency

LANSING, Mich (WLNS) – For the past two years homeless people across mid-Michigan have stayed off the streets through a housing program at the Magnuson Hotel.

But since the owner of the Magnuson made a decision to do renovations inside the hotel since Monday tenants are being forced to vacate the hotel by September 12th, leaving nearly 94 people without a home.

Today at least 12 non-profit organizations and departments, including the Ingham County Health Department, Lansing Housing Commission and even the Department of Health and Human Services are coming together here at Cristo Rey Catholic Church to help pave the way for people who are in need of housing relocation at this time.

According to the city of Lansing’s director of Human Relations and Community Services, Joan Jackson Johnson, this is a pretty severe situation and these departments will do whatever they can to help these people in need.

But they’re asking the city of Lansing for assistance.

“We need help. I mean we’re doing what we can but financially the city cannot pick up another tab,” said Jackson Johnson. “This is not as bad as Life O’Riley but we’ve had several others in between um and we need to look out for our brothers and sisters and we need to encourage them when we find them in situations that are not healthy which Magnuson is not, to look at seeking help from some of the non profits.”

Since the word broke men, women and children are struggling and are in dire need of a home.

These non-profits and departments will be at Cristo Rey Catholic Church until 3:30 this afternoon.

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