LANSING — Michigan is gearing up to count the youth and homeless populations that are key to its federal funding and representation.
“Kids often get missed, especially in households with lower income,” said Parker James, a policy analyst for the Michigan League for Public Policy. “If we miss kids, then we miss out on really important dollars to help those kids.”
And people, particularly children, who lack a stable residence are at risk of going uncounted for the upcoming 2020 Census.
Nearly 16,000 children up to age 4 lack a fixed night-time residence in Michigan, according to the League for Public Policy. Among the highest county rates of homeless children under 4 are 13 percent in Arenac County, 12 percent in Lake County and 11 percent in Alger County.