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Homeless Awareness Week concludes

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Oceana’s Home Partnership recognizes Homeless Awareness Week. Oceana’s Home Partnerships Executive Director Kittie Tuinstra said “We had 596 individuals who were homeless in Oceana County, what that actually means is folks that are experiencing homelessness are living in places not meant for human habitation. They are sleeping in cars or tents or campers or abandoned buildings or just outside. [This number doesn't include] people that are doubled up or living with a family member. Of the 596, 266 were children." Tuinstra explained that Homelessness doesn't always fit the stereotype of the bag lady or the panhandler. "Its looks like a single mom with children. It looks like a single dad with children. It looks like a couple that had some unfortunate circumstances happen where they lost their housing. We need to recognize that just because we don’t see homelessness in the way that we expect, that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t exist.” For more information, Oceana’s Home Partnership can be reached at (231) 873-2222 or online at www.Oceanashome.org

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