Children & Families
About 1 in 5 children in Michigan live in poverty. Bridge will explore the reasons behind this disturbing result and the ideas to address it.
‘Babies having babies’ isn’t the problem it once was. But rates are higher in northern, rural counties, in a state where school districts may opt out of sex ed entirely.
The nation's teen birth rate has been falling since the early 1990s, and Michigan has generally tracked with that drop. But some counties remain above the state level of 7.8 percent of all births.
Low-income people often find it harder to eat well. Classes designed to teach basic cooking skills, and how to find food growing wild on vacant lots, aim to fill the gap.
Grand Rapids DHS office took the biggest hit, losing 35 workers. That could leave overburdened caseworkers with a heavier administrative load.
There’s work to be done in the resort counties of northern Michigan, but opportunity doesn’t always match the available workforce.
For many unseen residents of northern Michigan, life can be struggle for survival. This is true even for those with jobs, which tend to be seasonal with marginal pay
Food pantries, like their customers, mostly take what they can get.
The homeless are about in rural northern Michigan, John McLintock sets out to find them.
The safety net is anything but secure for homeless children and families across the state. Bridge reviews some approaches that have shown promise elsewhere.
Runaway and unaccompanied teens navigate a treacherous world
A national report finds nearly 80,000 homeless children in Michigan, with a lack of state planning to deal with the problem.
Brenda Greenhoe scours abandoned garages and backwoods lots in rural counties, bringing adrift children to school.
Is it better to keep low-income students together despite poor test scores? Or do they benefit from learning alongside middle-class children?
Rural communities face a tsunami of modern ills, from fading economies to children who can’t wait to leave. You can help Bridge document the hardship (and joy) of rural life.
Across Michigan, communities are trying to craft restrictions on panhandling that don’t run afoul of First Amendment protections.
Lake County competes for the unwanted title of Michigan’s poorest county. Like many rural areas across the state, Lake residents endure higher poverty, serious health and social ills, and little hope for the future.
Being poor is tough anywhere. But wanting for basics in Livingston County, the state’s most affluent, carries a different kind of sting.
Michigan’s congressional delegation controls some powerful defense and intelligence committees. So why does our state rank among the nation’s worst in money paid to veterans?