Decriminalizing Homelessness

Being homeless is not a crime. Yet all too often, homeless individuals face discrimination, unnecessary scrutiny, or even violent attacks. Communities often target homeless individuals through aggressive policies or passive practices that create additional barriers for individuals and families working to get back on their feet. Many Michigan communities, in partner with shelters and agencies, have found creative solutions for helping homeless individuals, but they lack the support and resources necessary to best assist this vulnerable population. Additionally, individuals with a criminal record experience harsh barriers to accessing housing and services, making their re-entry into society difficult, if not impossible.

We work together to identify how we can move forward to meet the needs of the homeless, and create a safer environment for individuals experiencing homelessness.

The Decriminalizing Homelessness subcommittee of the Legislative Action Committee meets on the second Friday of every other month. If you would like to participate, please contact Laurel Burchfield at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Decriminalizing Homelessness Documents

                     Michigan Coalition Against Homelessness  |  15851 S.Old U.S. 27, Building 30, Suite 315 Lansing, MI 48906  |  Phone:  (517) 485-6536  |  Fax:  (517) 485-6682