Some school-age children whose families were homeless have begun moving into temporary housing with funding from a property tax approved by Kalamazoo County voters.
Kalamazoo residents in November approved a tax that is expected to raise about $800,000 a year for six years to provide temporary financial housing assistance and other support services. About $700,000 has been collected from winter tax bills and is now being used to help people find places to live.
Kalamazoo City Commissioner David Anderson tells the Kalamazoo Gazette it’s a rapid rehousing program that assists in the short-term, to transition families from homelessness to their own housing. The tax will help about 100 families a year. Anderson says fewer than a dozen families have been housed so far. (AP)