The real reasons for homelessness

Oftentimes, there are deeper issues causing one’s homelessness; more than simply a lack of finances. The causes of homelessness are as diverse as our community. It could be broken relationships, divorce, job loss, evictions, mental illness, addiction, death of a family member, physical injury/illness or a lack of community & support networks. Here are some of the most significant factors we’ve seen lately:

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Youth Emergency Shelter opens in response to community need.

Approximately 200 young people every night are homeless in Kent County, living unsupervised on the streets, in shelters or abandoned buildings, with friends or with strangers. Approximately 43% of runaway homeless youth have reported abuse or neglect… These are two overwhelming, almost unbelievable statistics. Especially in West Michigan. Especially in Grand Rapids. What is Mel Trotter Ministries…

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