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A Home For The Holidays

In the last year more than 4,400 people were homeless throughout Lansing. More than half were single mothers with children.

6News spoke with one mother who says thanks to the city and a local church, her Christmas is looking very bright.

It's just a four letter word, but a "home" is something Lakiva Osborne thought she wouldn't be able to show her children this holiday season.

"In the last year before I moved here, I got an eviction," said Lakiva Osborne.

Forcing her to move her five kids from motels to shelters for months, but fortunately she met Joan Jackson Johnson with the city of Lansing and entered the, "one church-one family program".

"Through foreclosure, demolition, we have a grant that we were able to create seven homes," said Lansing director of human relations Joan Jackson Johnson.

The program helps put families like the osborne's into them.

"This is a chance of offering this kids a normal life, whatever that is, but certainly a part of it is knowing where you're going to sleep at night," Johnson said.

Which is no longer a question, Sunday they were given the keys to their new home with appliances and furniture from St. Gerad's church.

"My daughter was very excited when we first got here, she was like oh my god, she was so happy," Osborne said.

But Lakiva says more than anything as a mother it means, "now for Christmas we get to spend together as a family, at our own place, so it means a lot for me."

A new house for her family and advice to those who think it can't happen to them.

"Good things happen to those who wait, so as long as your praying, you put faith in god's hands, everything will work out."

For the Osborne's that means they will be home for the holidays.

In 2012 the "one church---one family" program has helped place 5 families in homes for the year.

Joan Jackson Johnson hopes next year that number will be around 20.


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