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.
Decriminalizing Homelessness Documents