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Judge issues temporary order blocking Lansing hotel from evicting homeless

An Ingham County judge has issued a temporary restraining order blocking a Lansing hotel from evicting nearly 100 homeless people.  

The owners of the Magnuson Hotel say they want to close for needed renovations.

But the city of Lansing sought the injunction to delay the closing by up to 120 days, saying it needs that much time to relocate dozens of homeless men, women and children living there.

This week, Mayor Virg Bernero declared a housing emergency to make displaced residents eligible for priority placement at federally funded public housing units in the Lansing area.

Mayor Virg Bernero calls the hotel’s owners' plans to evict their homeless residents “heartless, reckless and reprehensible.”

Ingham County Circuit Court Judge James Jamo has set a hearing date of September 13 on the order.  

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Public since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.
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