Contest sheds light on problem of homelessness


Working on a winning design: Greenfield Banking Co. team members Amy Steigerwalt (left) and Sara Rummel practice building their house of non-perishable food items for the 'There's No Place Like Home' competition.

GREENFIELD — Even though it’s common knowledge that there’s no place like home, for too many county residents, home is no place at all.

“Homelessness looks different in our community than in others,” said Steve Vail, executive director of Hancock Hope House, which provides short-term housing and other services to homeless families and individuals.

Rather than living on the street as is done in many metro areas, Hancock’s homeless population is generally moving from friend to friend, under the radar, until those alternatives run out, Vail said.

To raise awareness of homelessness in Hancock County, the Hancock Hope House Youth Board will sponsor its second annual “There’s No Place Like Home” house-building contest Friday and Saturday.

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