Hidden Homelessness in the Upper Peninsula

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Hidden homelessness is a scary reality–it can affect friends, family, and others in the community.

Some people may call it “couch surfing,” but in reality, the connotations are deeper than that. This particular type of homelessness involves people staying in a house or another domicile, such as a hotel, that is not their own for an extended period of time.

This could mean taking over an extra bedroom in a friend’s house you might be paying for, or moving from hotel to hotel with no long-term place of residence. The reasons why someone may need to do this are unique. However, oftentimes a person who is in this situation has already been living on the edge for some time.

All it takes is one event to push you from the edge to the chasm below. 

In many ways, hidden homelessness may differ from chronic homelessness.1  An individual who is part of the growing hidden homeless population in the United States may have a job, kids, or may even be a child or teenager themselves.

But due to some life-altering event they may find themselves unable to keep up with rent or a mortgage, with no a safety net to rely on. This can push an individual from keeping up, to falling behind, to being removed from their home.

These significant struggles may cause a person to have to stay at a hotel or to double up (having to live with another person or family for some extended period of time). Although this may sound a million miles away from living on the street, this lack of stability–and quite possibly security–can leave long-lasting effects on children.

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