This article confidently informs us that "Lansing/East Lansing/Ingham County CoC has 471 homeless individuals, including 54 homeless veterans and 29 homeless unaccompanied youth under 25."
This article more humbly estimates a range for US homelessness as being between 250,000 and 3,000,000. That is quite a range, from 0.08% to 1% of the population.
One must wonder if the authors of the first article took the census numbers for the Lansing Metro region and multiplied by 1%.
Incidentally, the official definition of "Homeless" is:
An individual who lacks housing, including one whose primary residence during the night is a supervised public or private facility that provides temporary living accommodations; an individual who is a resident in transitional housing; or an individual who has as a primary residence a public or private place not designed for, or ordinarily used as, a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings.It is not my intention to make fun of homelessness. My intention is to point out sloppy thinking and attempts at manipulation.