Camp Take Notice is a tent city for the homeless on state-owned property near Ann Arbor, Mich. It has been operating for about two years and is home to some 65 residents. Supporters rallied to encourage the state to make an official commitment to allow residents to continue camping there, Michigan Radio reports.
* AnnArbor.com says supporters demonstrated Thursday.
* According to Michigan Radio, Michigan Department of Transportation spokesman Jeff Cranson said the state has been cooperating with Camp Take Notice organizers for some time.
* Cranson says there are no plans to evict residents, but they will need to move on at some point.
* According to Cranson, a fire broke out at the camp several months ago. Due to its isolated location, emergency crews had difficulty getting water to the camp.
* The Michigan Itinerant Shelter System-Interdependent Out of Necessity website says the camp provides grass-roots, sustainable alternatives to traditional government and private homeless shelters.
* The camp focuses on connecting residents with community, state and faith-based services.
* The camp is self-governing. Decisions are made by group vote and residents have more voice than they would at regular shelters.
* MISSION is gathering signatures for a petition to keep the tent city operational.
Marilisa Kinney Sachteleben writes about people, places, events and issues in her home state of "Pure Michigan."