Our community benefits when everybody has a safe, decent place to call home. Children are especially vulnerable, and we all recognize that a stable place to call home gives children more opportunities to succeed in life.
Michigan United has been dedicated to affordable housing for many years. In 2006, Michigan United helped create the Local Housing Assistance Fund that provided almost $2 million of funding to create more affordable housing and helped hundreds of people.
We’re very excited that this year, the Vote YES For Kids millage is on the ballot for the Nov. 3rd, 2015 election! In Kalamazoo County during the 2014-2015 school year more than 1200 of our school age children were homeless. (KRESA) Research shows, and any parent or grandparent knows, that stable housing is essential to children’s educational achievement, physical health and emotional development. A yes vote will provide approximately $800,000 annually for six years (renewable) toward stable, secure housing for school age children and their families who are homeless. The millage will provide rapid re-housing and support services to children in all county school districts. The Kalamazoo County Public Housing Commission will distribute the funds to local housing nonprofits through a competitive bidding process. By reducing the stress and trauma of homelessness for children, we can significantly improve their educational outcomes and chances of success in life.