Studying homeless students

The number of homeless students in Michigan has increased 66 percent in the past four years.
Krystle Wagner
Apr 6, 2013

The number of homeless students has also increased in Northwest Ottawa County, though not as dramatically, said Cindy Benson, information services specialist and homeless liaison for Grand Haven Area Public Schools.

There were 103 students in the Grand Haven school district classified as "homeless" in the fall of 2010. That number has grown to 153 this past fall, Benson said.

Being classified as "homeless" doesn’t necessarily mean living on park benches. Families fall into that category if they lack a regular and adequate nightly residence; live in an emergency or transitional center, car, public space, motel, hotel or campground; or share a home because of economic hardship, Benson said.

Schools aren't the only ones seeing an increased need in services for homeless students. Todd Krygsheld, associate director of the Holland Rescue Mission, said more Ottawa County residents are using their emergency shelter services, along with the women and children's shelter.

"We've seen a little increase with the economy and loss of jobs," he said.

Although Benson said she thinks the homeless issue is driven by the economy, she believes shelters are helping more people because the community and schools are doing a better job of identifying people in need.

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Comments

Vladtheimp

Right you are (no pun intended). The Tribune is second only to Obama in keeping real issues out of view of the public and focusing on such distractions as gun control, homosexual marriage, and amnesty - getting people all wee-weed up about wedge issues but not focusing on the economy, joblessness, the fed devaluing our currency, the collapse of the EU and Japanese economies (by doing the same things Obama is doing), the deficit, the debt, oppressive taxation, and on and on. Other than local news, I could be reading scripts written by spokesman Art Carney. How else to explain how a story on West Michigan homeless students could morph into a wide ranging discussion with over 100 comments - lacking articles on the substantive issues, folks have to grasp at tangential stories to get to discuss things like the economy.

Lanivan

Vlaad - I'm starting to get concerned about your obsession with these social wedge issues, like public safety gun control and it's corollary extension, homosexual marriage. A case could be made that you are deliberately attempting to distract us from the really important and over-riding challenges confronting us today - the disarray of the GOP, the willful obstruction of the advancement of the middle class, the fact you are increasingly looking like Harold Hill in a Brooks Bros suit, or since you are currently enjoying retirement, a Tommy Hilfiger polo and khakis, and Dockers penny loafers.

Lanivan

"As the Dow climbeth, so shall the Trib posts".

Your explanation regarding the desecration, destruction, and filibustration of Jobs Bills during one of the most critical times in our nation's history is a most sorry one, and, in addition, grossly inaccurate, but Wing - "Don't Stop Believin', Journey.

Sorry - all out of pretzels, but I've got a bowl of suckers on a ring leftover from my 2012 election party.

MaHubah

These studies are yet another waste of tax payer money. The Government, be it federal, state, or local should be considered The Publicly Tax Funded Authority. The Federal Branch consists of 435 House representatives. The Senate consists of 100 representatives. The Executive branch consists of 1. Having 536 people determine the fiscal fate of our country? PRICELESS!

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