This morning Ann Arbor News reporter Lauren Slagter posted this story highlighting high housing costs in Washtenaw County and the effect on our clients at the Shelter Association of Washtenaw County. With higher rent costs, those experiencing homelessness in Washtenaw County need more time to save the recommended $1,500 to pay first month’s rent plus a security deposit. This is particularly difficult for our increasing number of clients on Social Security Disability. When our clients do save enough money, we are finding that they still struggle to find a place to rent. This means longer average shelter stays at the Delonis Center.