Kari Jo Stefanski is familiar with some of the young faces who have experienced homelessness in Gaylord.
Stefanski has taken in homeless youth over the years while also raising her own family with her husband. She says she has eight children: “I gave birth to four and then four came to live with us.”
But homelessness is not always obvious.
Otsego County has about 108 youth who are homeless, according to the online Child Homelessness in Michigan Map created by the University of Michigan’s Poverty Solutions. The Poverty Solutions map shows homeless youth statistics for each school district in the state.