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Hundreds of people in Kalamazoo County do not have a home. Some are couch-surfing, others are staying in shelters, and some have pitched tents by the river on the east side. Fearing the campers could freeze or be swept away by floods, last winter a group of nonprofits tried something new: turning two hotels into temporary homes.

In the first of a three-part series, reported in collaboration with MLive and The Kalamazoo Gazette, we report on how the program has also helped some people move on to permanent housing.

Portage Schools OK Large Bond Proposal

18 hours ago
John McNeill / WMUK

Voters in the Portage School District will consider a large bond issue in August. School Board trustees put the $175-million request on the ballot Monday, May 10.

Special Education Millage Renewed

May 5, 2021
Voting sign outside polling place - file photo by Andrew Robins, WMUK
Andrew Robins / WMUK-FM

Turn-out was very low Tuesday. But voters renewed a regional special education millage in the Kalamazoo area.

Theater Review: Almost Maine

May 4, 2021
Phillip A. Miller / Kalamazoo Civic Theatre

The Kalamazoo Civic Theatre is livestreaming the play “Almost Maine” through May 6th. WMU-’s Gordon Bolar has this review.

Gun Violence Shoots Up In Kalamazoo

May 4, 2021
Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety

Gun violence is at an all-time high in Kalamazoo. That's the message city commissioners got from Public Safety officials Monday, May 3.