Homelessness in Washtenaw County

Learn more about those who are experiencing homelessness in our county and what you can do to help!

Check out the results from the Washtenaw County 2015 Point In Time count here.

Homelessness Facts

Yes, there are people in Washtenaw County who are currently without homes, and many are families with young children. These families are deeply impacted by the challenges navigating our community’s expensive housing market. The one thing that all experiencing housing instability have in common is the lack of affordable housing.  In Washtenaw County, the standard cost of a two bed-room apartment according to HUD is $882/month.  In order to be able to afford that, a person would need to be earning no less than $16.96/hour.  If working at minimum wage, a person would have to work 2.3 jobs at this rate.

In addition to the lack of affordable housing, there are other factors that may come into play that contribute towards people becoming homeless in our community. Some examples are:

  • Poverty
  • Lack of access to jobs and job training
  • Mental illness
  • Substance abuse disorders
  • Chronic medical problems
  • Domestic Violence
  • Youth aging out of foster care

Source: Washtenaw Housing Alliance