March 10 Voices of Michigan Education Confronts Homeless Stereotypes

PE-281-0114If you think that the Michigan homeless population is best defined by the guy stuffing all his earthly belongings into a stolen grocery shopping cart, think again. On the March 10 edition of the Voices of Michigan Education heard on 760 WJR in Detroit, as well as across the state on the Michigan Education Network, our guests weighed in from the front lines of the state’s homeless issue who dispel what many believe to be the factors definining homelessness.

Based on statistics from a number of private and government sources that show the typical homeless person in the state being a 7-9 year old child, we talked about the dymanics of homelessness and how those who are displaced are surviving. From “couch surfers” to young families living in cars, we were able to put a face on today’s “homeless statistic” and what citizens of the state need to do to lend a hand.  

Joining us in expanding the dialogue were Lighthouse of Oakland County CEO, John Ziraldo, Linda Forward of the State of Michigan’s Office of Education for Homeless Children and Youth, some incredible stories of formerly homeless families who have turned their lives around in Pontiac and Michigan Education Association Vice President, Steve Cook who has done some life-changing work with transient students in the state.  

The March 10, 2009 broadcast is now available in our podcast section.

Tune in for Our March Show as VOME Tackles Child Homelessness

As the Michigan economy continues to slide, the issue of those least able to help themselves becomes a key problem for the state. Child homelessness in Michigan is at alarming rates and on our next program we’ll talk about what social service agencies and those who work in public education are doing about it.

We’d also love to air your concerns and solutions on the program. Let us know below what you would like to see done in Michigan to tackle this growing problem or share your own story.