Help local homeless shelter in today’s paper

ESCANABA — Envelopes for a campaign in support of faith-based rotating emergency homeless shelter Hope At The Inn (HATI) are included in today’s issue of the Daily Press.

The shelter saw a significant increase in usage during its sixth season, which wrapped up last month. It recorded a total of 60 non-duplicated guests and more than 1,000 bed nights over the season.

Homelessness has been a growing problem across the Upper Peninsula. Data shared by the Michigan State Housing Development Authority indicates the number of literally homeless people in Michigan as a whole declined by 9 percent from 2015 to 2017; in the U.P., the number rose by 22 percent.

HATI relies on donations, fundraisers and grants to continue operating. Donations to the envelope campaign will go toward transportation costs, supplies and services provided directly to shelter guests.

To find out more about HATI, or to learn about resources people dealing with homelessness can utilize while the shelter is not operating, visit the website www.hopeattheinn.org.