Beginning Michigan teachers struggle to afford housing

Amber Groenke has three jobs: She is a teaching assistant at West Ottawa High School, works at an Ulta Beauty store, and is a DoorDash driver.

Last summer he was homeless.

The cost of housing in Holland was very high for a salary of $15.50 an hour as an educational assistant. While looking for housing, she commuted from her parents’ home, an hour and a half from her high school.

“I’m definitely not getting what I need,” Groenke said.

He tried resources like Michigan 211, The Salvation Army, and more. The waiting list for housing is one to two years, he said.

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