Spreading awareness of homelessness in Marquette and Alger County

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ISHPEMING, Mich. (WLUC) - November is national Homeless Awareness Month and Thursday representatives from concerned groups held a public awareness program. Doug Russell, who runs Room at the Inn in Marquette, was joined by Jason Parks from Community Action Alger Marquette (CAAM) for the program.

The program also featured new housing opportunities at Grandview, the old Holy Family Orphanage. Eight units are set aside for Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) subsidies, including five for the chronically homeless. Grandview also has a part time Supportive Services Coordinator.

"These units are going to better enable that support to come into play so people may still fail, but they're not fail out, it's a chance to learn and a chance to grow," said Jason Parks from CAAM.

The current estimate of the homeless population in Alger and Marquette county is between approximately 790-800 people.