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									  THE NEW FACE OF THE HOMELESS        QUALIFY. IN OTHER WORDS, THEY ARE IN     ALTHOUGH        MANY       MAINSTREAM
THE HOMELESS ARE NO LONGER JUST       A DIFFICULT SITUATION AND EARN TOO       AGENCIES ARE TRYING TO ADDRESS THE
THE SUBSTANCE ABUSERS, THE MENTALLY   MUCH MONEY TO RECEIVE ASSISTANCE         HOMELESS PROBLEM SUCH AS THE
OR EMOTIONALLY ILL, OR THOSE          – THE “WORKING POOR.”                    RECENT COUNTY 10-YEAR PLAN TO END
PHYSICALLY UNABLE TO WORK. THE                                                 HOMELESSNESS. NOTHING MOVES VERY
                                      FOR EXAMPLE: IN OUR AREA, IN ONE         FAST. IT IS HARD TO TELL A PERSON THAT
FACE OF THE HOMELESS IS CHANGING      MONTH’S    TIME   TEN  INDIVIDUALS
AND NOW INCLUDES THE “WORKING                                                  WE ARE “WORKING ON THAT PROBLEM”
                                      SOUGHT HELP BECAUSE THEY WERE AT –       OR “THE MAINSTREAM AGENCIES ARE
POOR” WHO LIVE FROM PAY-CHECK TO      RISK OF HOMELESSNESS:
PAY-CHECK OR OTHERS WHO HAVE                                                   ALREADY DOING THAT” WHEN THEY
SIMPLY HAD A RUN OF BAD LUCK.                 7 People needed help with rent   COME KNOCKING ON OUR DOOR. THE
                                                                               THC REALIZES THAT GOVERNMENT
TO GET INTO A HOUSE OR AN                     4 had less than $350 per month
                                                                               FUNDING WILL TAKE TIME TO ACCESS
APARTMENT, ONE MAY NEED UP TO                 10 children were affected        AND WHEN FINALLY IN PLACE, WILL
$800.00 JUST TO COVER THE FIRST                                                HAVE      GUIDELINES     THAT   COULD
MONTH’S RENT AND SECURITY DEPOSIT.    SOMETIMES PEOPLE ARE RELEASED            PREVENT SOME INDIVIDUALS AND
HOURLY WAGES ARE INSUFFICIENT,        FROM JAIL AND HAVE NO PLACE TO           FAMILIES FROM RECEIVING THE HELP
WORKING HOURS ARE LIMITED AND         GO FOR THE NIGHT WITH LITTLE MONEY.      THEY DESERVE – BEFORE THE COSTS
EMPLOYERS DON’T HAVE TO PROVIDE       FOR THE SAKE OF OUR COMMUNITY, IT        SPIRAL OUT OF CONTROL!
MEDICAL OR PAID LEAVE BENEFITS        BEHOOVES US TO GIVE THESE PEOPLE A
SUCH AS SICK DAYS OR PAID                                                        THE TUSCOLA HOMELESS COALITION
                                      REAL CHANCE TO RESTART THEIR LIVES
VACATIONS.                            BEFORE THEY RESORT TO FALLING BACK       THE TUSCOLA HOMELESS COALITION
                                      INTO INAPPROPRIATE BEHAVIORS IN AN       WILL BE DOING FUND RAISING, SEEKING
IN TUSCOLA COUNTY, IN 2008, IT WAS
ESTIMATED THAT IT TOOK AN HOURLY      ATTEMPT TO GET THEIR BASIC NEEDS         GRANTS, AND ASKING FOR HELP AND
WAGE OF $11.33 PER HOUR TO AFFORD     MET.                                     SUPPORT    THROUGHOUT      TUSCOLA
A TWO BEDROOM HOME AT FAIR                                                     COUNTY.
MARKET RENT (FMR). YET THE HOURLY     THERE IS A SHORTAGE OF AVAILABLE
                                                                               IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN MORE
WAGE OF RENTERS IN THE COUNTY IN      SHELTER BEDS IN TUSCOLA COUNTY. IN
                                                                               INFORMATION OR WISH TO BECOME
2008 WAS ONLY $8.89 PER HOUR.         THE HURON/TUSCOLA COUNTY 10-YEAR
                                                                               INVOLVED IN THIS GREATLY NEEDED
ROUGHLY 42% OF RENTER’S CANNOT        PLAN TO END HOMELESSNESS, THE
                                                                               ALL-VOLUNTEER   SERVICE PROJECT
AFFORD A 2 BEDROOM HOME AT $589       HOUSING INVENTORY FOR EMERGENCY
                                                                               PLEASE  CONTACT     THE TUSCOLA
PER MONTH!                            SHELTER IS:
                                                                               HOMELESS COALITION.
THERE ARE PUBLIC AGENCIES WITH              1,2 bdrm rental units              THE TUSCOLA HOMELESS COALITION IS
PROGRAMS AVAILABLE TO HELP, BUT             (maximum 4 adults) for single      A NON-PROFIT 501(C) 3 CHARITABLE
THEY ALL TO OFTEN RUN OUT OF                adults or family w/children;       CORPORATION. YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS
MONEY     OR    HAVE   RESTRICTIVE          Six bdrm, 28 bed house for         MAY BE FULLY TAX DEDUCTIBLE.
GUIDELINES THAT FREQUENTLY RESULTS          homeless women and
IN PEOPLE “FALLING THROUGH THE              domestic violence;
CRACKS” BECAUSE THEY DO NOT                 One bed for a single man.
PRELIMINARY STEPS THAT MUST BE        YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES:
TAKEN BEFORE YOU CALL THE
HOMELESS COALITION:                   CALL    THE  TUSCOLA    HOMELESS
                                                                                         The Tuscola
STEP ONE
                                      COALITION AT (989) 672-7674. A
                                      VOLUNTEER WILL RETURN YOUR CALL
                                      - USUALLY WITHIN 2-3 DAYS - AND
                                                                                          Homeless
CONTACT THE DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN
SERVICES (DHS) AND OBTAIN A WRITTEN
                                      DISCUSS YOUR SITUATION VERIFYING
                                      YOUR COMPLETION OF STEPS 1 – 3
                                                                                          Coalition
DECISION NOTICE STATING THE REASON    PRIOR TO ARRANGING AN INTERVIEW.
FOR THEIR DENIAL. IF NECESSARY, YOU   MOST OF THE INFORMATION YOU
MAY REQUEST AN HDC VOLUNTEER          PROVIDED TO HDC AND DHS WILL HELP
SERVICE FOR ASSISTANCE WITH FILLING   WITH THE PHONE INTERVIEW, SO
OUT ANY DHS FORMS. YOU MUST BRING     PLEASE HAVE IT READY WHEN YOU
THE DENIAL LETTER WITH YOU TO YOUR    CALL.
APPOINTMENT WITH THE HOMELESS         Additional information will be requested such
COALITION. A COALITION VOLUNTEER      as:
MAY VERIFY YOUR SITUATION WITH THE            Name, address, and phone number of
CASEWORKER.                                   landlord/mortgage company;
                                              Verification of income (pay-stubs, W-
STEP TWO                                      2’s, or tax returns);
                                              Verification of residency in Tuscola
CONTACT THE HUMAN DEVELOPMENT                 County the past 30 days;
COMMISSION (HDC). IF NEEDED, YOU              Proper identification (Driver’s license,
MAY REQUEST AN OUTREACH WORKER                State ID, Social Security card).
FOR ASSISTANCE WITH FILLING OUT ANY   REMEMBER: The THC can assist a family or
HDC FORMS.      ASK FOR COPIES OF     individual only one-time within a twelve month     Lending A Helping Hand
YOUR APPLICATION FROM HDC (AND        period.
DHS) – THIS INFORMATION WILL SPEED
THE PROCESSING OF YOUR REQUEST
                                      The Tuscola Homeless Coalition will                     PO Box 323
                                      coordinate resources from area churches, as           Caro, MI 48723
WHEN YOU CALL THE TUSCOLA             well as the agencies listed below.
HOMELESS     COALITION    FOR    AN                                                       PHONE: 989-672-7674
APPOINTMENT.                               For Additional Information
                                      TUSCOLA PLACE FOR PEACE (TPP).
STEP THREE                            PHONE # (989) 673-2873

THE TWO PRECEDING STEPS SHOULD        BLUE WATER CENTER FOR INDEPENDENT
MAKE AVAILABLE SOME OF THE BASIC      LIVING (BWCIL). PHONE # (989) 673-3678
INFORMATION THE COALITION WILL        HUMAN DEVELOPMENT COMM. (HDC).
NEED TO REVIEW YOUR SITUATION.        PHONE # (989) 673-4121
HAVE THE COPIES IN FRONT OF YOU       DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES (DHS).
WHEN YOU CALL THE COALITION FOR       PHONE # (989) 673-9100
AN APPOINTMENT!
                                      VETERAN’S OFFICE # (989) 673-8114 x 128

								
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