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March 30, 2014

Forum: Community engaged in housing solution


Goodwill is committed to getting people off of our streets. Permanent housing for low-income neighbors is in short supply. We are pursuing a permanent housing development through MSHDA (Michigan State Housing Development Authority). If MSHDA approves our project — named Carson Square — 11 of the 36 units will be reserved for people who are chronically homeless.

Each program has a place in our region’s collective service model. Often a person’s transition can follow a linear progression through services, from Safe Harbor or Street Outreach, to the Goodwill Inn to permanent housing.

Homelessness doesn’t happen overnight. Neither will our community’s solution to homelessness. In the meantime, I am proud to be a part of a region that is engaged in the issue and taking ownership of improving quality of life for everyone.

About the author: Cecil McNally has been Executive Director for Goodwill of Northern Michigan for 10 years. He also serves on the Greater Grand Traverse Area Continuum of Care.

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