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Alpena’s homeless population is rising as the Housing Task Force tackles issues – WBKB 11

“The housing task force met at City Hall to try to find a solution, or a way to solve our homeless population. Now it’s expanding to how we solve our housing problems in our community. About 50 percent of Michigan renters and 25 percent of homeowners pay too much for housing. The population in Alice stands for; Assets, limited income, employed,” said Joe Gentry, executive director of United Way of Northeast Michigan.

“These are working people who do not have enough income to meet all the basic needs of life. The state’s average population of Alice is about 3 percent and in Alcona and Alpena counties it is about 45 to 46 percent. In Mount Ramsey it is more than 50 percent,” Gentry said. Domestic violence only complicates the situation. “Domestic violence survivors face homelessness, just like many other members of our community. What is different or unique for survivors of domestic violence is that there is an additional layer of safety concerns,” said Valerie Williams, executive director of Hope Shores. “The current data will be released in two weeks. I was able to look at the current data and I can tell you that Morenci and Alcona counties are all higher than the state average in Alpena. Gentry said.