Homeless mom: Not enough help in Battle Creek

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (WOOD) — A mother who recently lost her job says Battle Creek lacks adequate space at homeless shelters for mothers and children.

Homelessness was recently thrust into the spotlight in Kalamazoo, where protesters camped out for weeks in Bronson Park, demanding more resources and affordable house options, before they were evicted and some of them charged. But it's not a single-city problem.

"It's been really difficult," Melissa Sherlin, who recently lost her job, told 24 Hour News 8.

Sherlin and her 7-year-old son are staying at a Knights Inn off Capital Avenue, which Sherlin said was the only option after housing with her former roommate fell through. She borrowed the cash for the motel room and can only afford a few more days.

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