Magnuson Hotel residents have another week of shelter


LANSING, Mich (WLNS) – There is an update on a housing crisis that’s looming in Lansing.

The people who are living at a local hotel, because they have no where else to go, get to stay for at least one more week.

That’s while a judge decides what’s going to happen to the Magnuson Hotel.

The owner wants to close up and renovate but the city of Lansing wants to buy more time to make sure everyone has a place to stay.

Raven Kinsey is one of many homeless angels who have seven to ten days left to decide where she will go next. “It’s supposed to be a place where people go to get back on their feet. Everybody has a hard time and everybody needs that stepping stone,” explained Kinsey.

The Magnuson Hotel is known for giving shelter to those without a home.

Most of them belonging to Lansing’s outreach group, the Homeless Angels.

But after residents received an eviction notice last month due to proposed hotel renovations, they’ve had to look for a new place to live.

Some have found a place. Many have not.

“While we’ve placed over 50 people, there still are a number of people there and we’re trying to come up with some solution to assist those in moving to other housing.” Lansing Human Relations director Joan Jackson Johnson says the city is doing everything they can to help move families and give them the support they need. “I’ve seen the families and I know that people are fearful, families in particular, if they aren’t placed and they become homeless then there’s a chance that the state will step in and possibly remove their kids and we want to make sure that that doesn’t happen.”

The city had a restraining order to keep people from being evicted.

At the end of the day Judge James Jamo, who only heard from one witness, scheduled another hearing next week.

Buying the Homeless Angels a little more time to find a new home.

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