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Services for Lansing’s homeless population expanding downtown

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LANSING, Mich. (WILX) - There’s more help for the homeless coming to the city of Lansing as one local nonprofit prepares to move into a new building.

The City Rescue Mission has announced an official expansion onto West Kalamazoo Street in downtown Lansing, opening up more shelter space for the city’s homeless population. What was once an office building and the Michigan Correction Organization will soon offer beds to sleep in, food to eat and fresh sets of clothing for people in need.

Executive Director Mark Criss said City Rescue Mission’s Michigan Avenue and Cedar Street locations have been running over capacity for far too long, and he’s eager to bring their services to 415 and 421 W Kalamazoo St.

“So last year in 2023, we sheltered about 244 men, women and children every single night, so we’ve just been functioning at capacity,” he said.

After groundbreaking in August 2024, City Rescue Mission will start building out phase one of the Kalamazoo project which includes a shared cafeteria, showers and living quarters for adult men and women. Phase two of the project includes combining the two buildings, which are currently connected by a skywalk, and renovating the building’s facade.

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