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Close to Homeless
People who are homeless in rural regions like Northern New York are likely to be married, working, female, with children. They move from place to place, staying with friends and relatives, or in a series of substandard apartments and trailers. They are our invisible neighbors. NCPR talks with some of them, and with some of their advocates.

Rural Kids, Homeless In The Big City

Young people from rural areas who wind up homeless often land on the streets of big cities. They go to escape poverty or broken families. They're searching for jobs or an education or adventure. But many of these kids wind up victims -- addicted to drugs, hooked into prostitution. Brian Mann spent a night on the streets of Montreal and has our story.  Go to full article

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
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, looking for solutions. In the Tri-Lakes area, Adirondack Habitat for Humanity has launched an effort to salvage abandoned houses. As Chris Knight reports, it's a way for low-income families to buy their own home. It's also a boost for struggling neighborhoods.  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...  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...  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

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
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

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

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