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Homelessness

Call-in: Close to Homeless

Listeners discuss NCPR's week-long series of reports on homelessness in the North Country with news director Martha Foley, Franklin County Social Services Commissioner Leslie Lyon, commentator Jill Vaughan, and Cornell University sociologist Kai Schafft.  Go to full article
The Watertown Urban Mission's food pantry served 340 households in April -- an all-time high

Working Together: Caregivers Create Homeless "Safety Nets"

Help isn't always within the reach of those scraping to get by in rural areas. Most counties in the North Country don't have an emergency shelter. County Social Service workers do their best to meet the needs of the poor, but there are always those who slip through the cracks. Some prefer to keep to themselves, others are too proud to ask for help, and some government agencies are too overwhelmed. As Todd Moe reports, small communities can also be rich in resources. Churches and non-profits are doing their part to stock food pantries, provide hot meals and raise awareness.  Go to full article

Helping Repair Substandard Housing

Many people in the North Country own their own homes, but they need help maintaining them to keep them safe, dry, and warm, especially in winter. The Ministry of the North County, or MINC, has a home repair program that tries to help. MINC gets more than 100 applications a year from people who need assistance fixing their homes. Sheryl Evans is MINC's outreach worker in St. Lawrence County. She spoke with David Sommerstein. You can reach MINC at 315-322-4271 or email to sbe1@lttfilsp.com  Go to full article
New Habitat homeowner Jesse Howland

Volunteers Salvage Abandoned Home, Helping Family & Neighborhood

We've been hearing this week about the shortage of affordable housing in the North Country. In many communities, local governments and activist groups are getting organized,...  Go to full article

Proposed Section 8 Cuts Would Affect 200,000 New Yorkers

This week, we've been asking questions about what happens to families without a roof over their heads. Many turn to the government for help. "Section 8", the linchpin of...  Go to full article

Housing Cuts Could Lead to Crisis

Low-income advocates and political leaders are warning that planned cuts to the federal Section 8 housing voucher program will accelerate northern New York and Vermont's...  Go to full article

Low Income Tenants Face Squalor, Risk

For many poor or working class families, home often comes in the form of a small apartment or trailer. Even in the best cases, these rentals are nothing fancy: a bedroom or...  Go to full article

With Rising Homelessness, Affordable Housing Scarce

As we've been hearing this week, homelessness in northern New York can mean many things. People stay as long as they can with relatives or several families might share a...  Go to full article
Lynee Erlenbach and her sisters show off latch-hook rugs they made.

Homelessness: Surviving the School Shuffle

In the North Country, homelessness often means something different than sleeping on a park bench or under a bridge. A family who can't afford a home may move in with...  Go to full article

A County's Response to Homelessness

Martha Foley talks with Sue Rabideau, Director of Financial Services for the Franklin County Social Services Department. She's the primary person working on behalf of the...  Go to full article

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