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Start From Here Launches in Detroit on Feb. 1

By |2016-01-27T09:00:00-05:00January 27th, 2016|Michigan, News|

Detroit – In an effort to raise significant awareness about the tens of thousands of Detroit youth experiencing homelessness and housing instability, Start from Here has launched “Start(ing) from Detroit,” a four month campaign to raise funds to push policy on the issue.
A concert featuring Flint Eastwood, Jena Irene Asciutto and Britney Stoney will be held at Detroit Institute for Music Education (DIME) on launch day; doors open at 7 p.m. and tickets are available at Blair Griffith will host; Griffith experienced homelessness while she held the title of Miss Colorado.
The concert follows a lunchtime panel event that will bring together hundreds of Detroit high school students. Beginning at 1 p.m., they will hear from Blair and Meghan Takashima, who serves as the executive manager at the mayor’s office. More information on the panel is available at
The day also acts as the launch of a four-month campaign that partners Start from Here with Crowdrise, with a goal to raise $40,000. The campaign will culminate in April with a major concert event at the Fillmore; line-up and ticket sales will be announced in mid-March.
In Detroit, Start from Here LIVE partners with the Ruth Ellis Center; a significant portion of ticket sales will go toward the organization. On a daily basis, the Ruth Ellis Center provides short-term and long-term residential safe spaces and support services for runaway, homeless and at-risk lesbian, gay, bi-attractional, transgender and questioning youth.
“As LGBTQ youth continue to be disproportionately affected by homelessness, it is critical that we as a nation identify mechanisms to support youth and their families. It begins with awareness, and Start from Here is doing just that. We are thrilled to be a partner in this campaign,” says Mark Erwin-McCormick, Ruth Ellis Center’s Director of Development.
Start from Here is a nonprofit organization that aims to end youth homelessness; the organization has created a national coalition of nonprofit organizations working at the frontlines, and leverages the power of art and media, to benefit them.

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