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City Rescue Mission Sees Record Numbers

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - For more than 100 years, the City Rescue Mission in Lansing has been helping those in need. The number of people they've served in 2013 is breaking records, with homeless women and children leading the trend.

The city rescue mission provided 4,757 nights of shelter, serving 355 individuals in January, the second busiest month in their 100 year history.

"The trend kind of changed... typically we'll decrease dramatically in the winter time. We didn't see that decrease for our women and children this past winter," said Executive Director Mark Criss.

Usually it's the men's shelter that sees a jump in the winter months. But they served 90 women and children every single night in January. He adds many are just one or two paychecks away from being homeless.

"It's hard to have a single income family. And typically if you're a single mother, that's typically the challenge with a typical income. Often times they may get work, but they are making less then they did last year or the year before and they just can't make ends meet completely, so they're always somewhat vulnerable to becoming homeless," said Criss.

Criss estimates that in 2013, they'll see a 5 to 6 percent increase in homelessness.

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