Whitmer declares November Homeless Awareness Month

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    Gov. Gretchen Whitmer issued on Monday a proclamation declaring November as Homeless Awareness Month.

    Gretchen Whitmer, March 18, 2019 | Andrew Roth

    “I am a proud life-long Michigander who is dedicated to making this state a great place to live for everyone. Right now, Michigan has far too many people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness” said Whitmer. “This is why I am proud to proclaim November as Homeless Awareness Month to raise awareness of this issue and to ensure that all Michiganders have a comfortable, safe, and warm place to call home.”

    In the proclamation, Whitmer notes that more than 65,000 citizens experienced homelessness in 2018, as well as 11,317 households with children.

    She also cited organizations who are working to help end homelessness, including the Michigan Coalition Against Homelessness, the Michigan Department of Corrections and the Michigan State Housing Development Authority.

    Susan J. Demas is a 19-year journalism veteran and one of the state’s foremost experts on Michigan politics, appearing on MSNBC, CNN, NPR and WKAR-TV’s “Off the Record.” In addition to serving as Editor-in-Chief, she is the Advance’s chief columnist, writing on women, LGBTQs, the state budget, the economy and more. Most recently, she served as Vice President of Farough & Associates, Michigan’s premier political communications firm. For almost five years, Susan was the Editor and Publisher of Inside Michigan Politics, the most-cited political newsletter in the state. Susan’s award-winning political analysis has run in more than 80 national, international and regional media outlets, including the Guardian U.K., NBC News, the New York Times, the Detroit News and MLive. She is the only Michigan journalist to be named to the Washington Post’s list of “Best Political Reporters,” the Huffington Post’s list of “Best Political Tweeters” and the Washington Post’s list of “Best Political Bloggers.” Susan was the recipient of a prestigious Knight Foundation fellowship in nonprofits and politics. She served as Deputy Editor for MIRS News and helped launch the Michigan Truth Squad, the Center for Michigan’s fact-checking project. She started her journalism career reporting on the Iowa caucuses for The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette. Susan has hiked over 3,000 solo miles across four continents and climbed more than 60 mountains. She also enjoys dragging her husband and two teenagers along, even if no one else wants to sleep in a tent anymore.