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"KALAMAZOO, MI -- It took a 6-5 party-line vote to get there, but Kalamazoo County voters will decide Nov. 3 whether to they're willing to support homeless families through a 0.1 mill property tax increase." (Kalamazoo Gazette)

Housing Resources Inc.

    

Housing Resources Incorporated of Kalamazoo hopes to find housing for 80 families in the Kalamazoo area in time for the holidays. 

Chris Killian

Mention the word “homeless” and most people probably think of folks huddled in alleyways, panhandling on busy street corners or pushing a shopping cart down the sidewalk. But homelessness isn’t unique to urban areas. It extends into the countryside as well, where people are often called “the forgotten homeless” because they’re so hard to find. One place you can find them is a shelter in Centreville in Saint Joseph County. (Some names have been changed in this story to protect the privacy those we interviewed.)

Some avoid shelters because of zero tolerance for drugs and alcohol

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 (This story has been updated.)   

In Portland, Maine a veteran spends his nights trying to find the city's homeless, so he can help. Kalamazoo reporter and WMUK Correspondent Chris Killian followed along. 

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