Muskegon and the homeless population. We don't often see the problem outside of the occasional person pushing their belongings around in a shopping cart or maybe they have a bike for transportation. There are places of encampment for those without shelter in Muskegon. There are also those who find shelter in the homes of others "couch surfing" or maybe they are able to utilize places like Family Promise, the Rescue Mission and other places that protect the most vulnerable.
The United Way of the Lakeshore is on the point to work to help secure some help for those who are homeless. On Wednesday, January 25, 2023, the Muskegon County Homeless Continuum of Care Network Outreach Committee is conducting the Winter Point in Time (PIT) Survey. From their press release - ""The PIT is extremely important to the work of stakeholders in this community who are committed to eradicating homelessness; it gives us pertinent data that is required to leverage federal and state funds for housing and most importantly it is an opportunity to interact with members of our community experiencing homelessness or housing insecurity and help them connect with services" states, Miranda Paggeot, Muskegon County Homeless Network Coordinator."
What is needed from you? The willingness to lend a hand. The ability to maybe understand that in helping someone, somewhere that may never be able to repay you is a pretty good thing to and that you'll grow from an experience. January 25th at 8p is the meet up to begin to be a part of the survey. The meeting will be a the Fresh Coast Alliance which is located at 11:28 Roberts in Muskegon. If you're not familiar with Fresh Coast Alliance...take this as an opportunity to learn a little more.
Miranda Paggeot from the United Way of the Lakeshore joins me today along with Jamie Hekker from Public Health Muskegon to talk about this essential survey and the help needed. Take a listen.
It's not an easy thing to face. It's also become quite confusing to some to see so many street corners filled with people standing there with their hand out and you have to wonder if they are being completely upfront. Personally, it's an agonizing position to be in to know that I have everything I need or want but can't save everyone, everywhere. I can however find a way here or there to make a difference and while there might not be a giant check with my signature on it, I can help spread the word about the reality of homelessness. I can bring you those who know more. I can ask you to pitch in a little if you can. Together, we all build community. Learn more about this or EMAIL MIRANDA BY CLICKING HERE to participate or if you an agency that supports homeless and at risk populations. CLICK HERE to learn more about The Muskegon County Homeless Continuum of Care Network