Category Archives: Unemployment

An action agaency works to reduce homelessness in the veteran community

_DSC0393The program is called Support Services for Veteran Families. It helps homeless or nearly homeless veterans and their families get back on their feet.

Eva Rohlman is the Outreach services director for the Mid Michigan Community Action Agency which runs the program.

“We can also help veteran families who are nearly homeless. So families who are at risk of eviction.We can help them resolve their eviction or move to a new location, if they can no longer stay in the place that they are. We truly believe that nobody who’s ever served this country should ever be without a safe stable place to call home.”

Rohlman said the program also outlines a housing stability plan,to help them plan out how to keep their housing arrangements.

To find out more information about this program visit the Mid Michigan community Action’s website.

Bay City follows anti-discrimination ordinance trend

LGBT_flag_02An anti-discrimination ordinance passed unanimously this week in Bay City, and looks similar to ordinances that are popping up in cities and counties across the state.

Some worry these ordinances will affect business. Others say they are essential for inclusive communities.

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Will there ever be an end to poverty?

file0002103408351 (1)As a part of our ongoing series of reports on homelessness, Ben Thorp went to a Saginaw soup kitchen to talk about the services they offer. He wound up speaking to a CMU professor about poverty, its persistence, and what we can do to eradicate it.

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Transitional housing for veterans is one of a kind in northern Michigan

DSC_0201-largeStudies show the state of Michigan has roughly twelve hundred homeless veterans. Northern Michigan has one shelter to help transition veterans in that area out of homelessness.

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State’s jobless rate drops to 5.6 percent

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Michigan’s unemployment rate has dropped to 5.6%. That decline in the monthly rate is mostly due to fewer people in the workforce competing for jobs. But the rate is down two points from where it was a year ago. And that is because more people are working. Continue reading

Michigan’s unemployment rate drops to 7.4 percent

business suitThere was a net gain in hiring last month in by finance and professional service businesses in Michigan. That offset auto industry layoffs as the state’s unemployment rate fell a fraction of a percentage point to seven-point-four percent.
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UPDATE: Saginaw’s east side schools to potentially close down

Funding and enrollment issues surrounding the Saginaw School District are beginning to resemble the closure of Buena Vista, last year.

Parents, students and faculty of Saginaw High, Ruben Daniels and Heavenrich Elementary will know their fate on Saturday.

Yesterday, the board was expected to vote on the closure of all three schools located on Saginaw’s east side.

M-Live reported this morning that the vote for the original proposal to close the schools was delayed, 6-1, until Saturday.

Saginaw Superintendent Carlton Jenkins and his administration originally proposed a restructure of the district. It would include the school closures, moving students and making cuts.

Recently, the Michigan Department of Education was unable to approve Saginaw Public School’s 2013-14 Deficit Elimination Plan.

According to a letter sent to Saginaw from the department, the state is concerned the district is not making significant changes in its operations to mitigate increases in its current deficit.

In addition, the letter said that Saginaw will be given until Monday, February 10, to come up with a viable Deficit Elimination Plan.

If a viable plan is not approved, the state will withhold the district’s February state-aid payment of just under $5 million.