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Mission Statement Groundcover News exists to create opportunity and a voice for low-income people while taking action to end homelessness and poverty. Groundcover News, a 501(c)(3) organization, was founded in April 2010 as a means to empower low-income persons to make the transitions from homeless to housed, and from jobless to employed. Street newspapers like Groundcover News exist in … Continue reading About Us (scroll down for recent posts)

Shelter Association Recuperative Care reopens in Washtenaw County

By Andre Vasher Groundcover contributor Re-opening after gaining traction in late 2019, the Recuperative Care program run by the Shelter Association of Washtenaw County returns in full force. The Recuperative Care program first opened at the Robert J. Delonis Center to provide immediate shelter and part-time nursing support to homeless persons discharged from hospitals but … Continue reading Shelter Association Recuperative Care reopens in Washtenaw County

Local renters and housing activists say no to landlord games

By Lindsay Calka Publisher Tenant activist addresses Washtenaw Apartment's Association after occupying the kickball field, preventing the game from happening. On August 12, the Washtenaw Area Apartment Association’s “Kickball Game and Picnic,” a networking event for landlords, had some unexpected attendees: tenants.  A broad coalition of tenants’ rights activists gathered in protest at Frisinger Park … Continue reading Local renters and housing activists say no to landlord games

Hope from those who know: Lend a Hand, NAMI Washtenaw County

Tracy Harris NAMI member NAMI Washtenaw County is a local affiliate of NAMI — the National Alliance on Mental Illness. NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. Mike Dolan and NAMI teammates Sandy Gale, Barb Higman (Leader of Lend … Continue reading Hope from those who know: Lend a Hand, NAMI Washtenaw County

Flawed COVID response reveal’s capitalism’s relationship to imminent climate collapse

Ben Girodias Groundcover contributor As of June 22, the Michigan state government lifted all COVID-19 related restrictions. Naturally, many Michiganders concluded that the COVID-19 pandemic is over. It isn’t. True, some parts of the United States have vaccination rates approaching herd immunity, but in stark contrast, the vast majority of the globe’s population is still … Continue reading Flawed COVID response reveal’s capitalism’s relationship to imminent climate collapse

Where Oscar sleeps

By Jim Clark Groundcover vendor No. 139 Do you remember Oscar the Grouch from Sesame Street — the muppet that lived in a trash can outside the apartment from Maria and David? I was once told that Oscar represented the homeless population in the Sesame Street universe. The message I got from that was even … Continue reading Where Oscar sleeps

My redemptive journey and visionary that guided me

DAVID WINEY Groundcover contributor (chanting)  It's morning. Still alive somewhere near the Ann Arbor Farmers Market the din of vendors and early morning shoppers’ conversations pulls me from a groggy-headed sleep. They have already had their morning coffee, maybe breakfast, probably crawled from a warm bed.  Only a slight hangover. Need a drink, that will … Continue reading My redemptive journey and visionary that guided me