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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.

Hunger advocates push for more help

The operators of the state's food pantries and soup kitchens say they're still holding out hope that Governor David Paterson will increase welfare benefits. As Albany correspondent Karen DeWitt reports, demand for food is soaring.  Go to full article

Spitzer urged to increase welfare benefits

Advocates for the poor are calling on the state to increase welfare benefits and state aid for soup kitchens and food banks. The annual Thanksgiving Action event Monday drew anti-poverty advocates, religious leaders and welfare recipients. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Agency works to prevent local foreclosures

Home foreclosures are on the rise. Stories in the national media tend to focus on metropolitan areas where house prices shot up over the past decade. As real estate values drop and adjustable mortgages climb many buyers can't afford to keep their homes. Rural areas like the North Country are also seeing more foreclosures. Kathy Cary is assistance manager at the St. Lawrence County Housing Council. She watches the court dockets for names of people about to lose their homes. And she says every week the list grows longer. She told Jonathan Brown the reason isn't falling real estate prices, or even the vague-sounding "subprime lender" crisis.  Go to full article

Budget helps low-income housing

The relatively low cost of housing in the North Country draws people to the area. But for people with below-average income, finding a home, even here, is tough. Over the past...  Go to full article
An "Empty Bowls" wall display at South Jefferson Middle School

South Jefferson School Fights Hunger with "Empty Bowls"

Hundreds of clay bowls that were made over the last few months by students and staff in a Jefferson County school will raise thousands of dollars for hunger relief. South...  Go to full article

Groups Call for More Government Aid to Help Stop Hunger

The state's food pantries and soup kitchens want Governor Pataki and the legislature to commit more money to help poor New Yorkers pay their heating bills. Karen DeWitt...  Go to full article

Canton Workshops Tackle Hunger Issues

For more than 30 years, Bread for the World has been a non-partisan voice for ending hunger. Bread for the World will lead a series of workshops on advocacy...  Go to full article

$4 Million Worker Housing Project Planned For North Creek

A non-profit group called Comlinks plans to build 20 affordable apartments and townhouses in North Creek. Senator Hillary Rodham-Clinton unveiled the $4 million development...  Go to full article

Bush's Budget Plan Could Hurt Rural Housing

President Bush's budget proposes consolidation of 18 housing and community development programs under a new Commerce Department umbrella. Martha Foley talks with St. Lawrence...  Go to full article
Lynee Erlenbach (bottom) and her family

Close to Homeless Update: Lynee Erlenbach

It's been a very good year for Lynee Erlenbach and her mom, Laura Davenport. They were featured in our Close To Homeless series last May. The addition to their...  Go to full article

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