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Welfare to Work: Backfiring?

A new study of two North Country counties says a key component of welfare reform of the mid-1990s, welfare to work, is encouraging low wage work and the persistence of high poverty levels in the region. Martha Foley talks with the study's author, SUNY Potsdam professor George Gonos.  Go to full article
Lynee Erlenbach and her sisters show off latch-hook rugs they made.
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 relatives, then a month later into a motel room, then into a low-rent apartment, and on and on. Each time the family moves, the children have to get used to new surroundings, new people, and new routines. And in many cases, they have to go to a new school. Preliminary studies show up to a third of the students in many districts don't end the academic year in the same school they started. On the second day of our series, Close to Homeless, we look at how transiency affects kids' education and the schools they attend. David Sommerstein has our story.  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 small trailer. But social workers and care providers say more and more people are literally winding up on the streets. In Franklin County, a consortium of aid groups is working to measure the number of truly homeless people. They're also working with landlords to help provide low-cost apartments. Nancy Reich is head of Comlinks, a regional housing authority based in Malone. She says even with subsidies, affordable apartments are harder than ever to find. Reich spoke with Brian Mann.  Go to full article
Laura Davenport and Cassie
Laura Davenport and Cassie

Homelessness: Breaking the Cycle of Transiency

In part one of our series 'Close to Homeless', David Sommerstein reports on a family in Dickinson Center in Franklin County who have experienced the most persistent kind of rural homelessness: chronic transiency.  Go to full article

Commentary: Jill Vaughan on rural homelessness

We get up in the morning, know where the coffee cups are, shrug into a robe, and find our favorite chair to wake up in. We have a routine...and security. There's a whole group of North Country citizens who don't experience life that way. They're on the edge of homelessness. This week we're exploring what homelessness means in the North Country, how pervasive it is, and how more people can find stable places to call home. Our regular commentator Jill Vaughan knows first hand what it's like to live on the margins. She's experienced some of the problems associated with near-homelessness in her own life. And she works every day with some of the hardest cases of chronic homelessness in Franklin County. She shares her observations.  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 homeless in the county.  Go to full article

Books: Captain Hogan ? Sailor, Merchant, Diplomat on Six Continents

Todd Moe talks with Michael Styles, author of a biography on his great, great, great grandfather, Captain Michael Hogan who traveled the world in the late 18th and early 19th century and founded Hogansburg in northern Franklin County. Styles says Hogan was born in Ireland in 1766, began his career in the Royal Navy, and settled in New York.  Go to full article

Meet the Masters: A Medicine Walk in the Woods

Recent surveys show that more people use complementary and alternative medicine than ever before. Talk about acupuncture, massage therapy, aromatherapy and herbal preparations fills popular magazines and television talk shows. For generations, the only medicines used by Mohawk healers came from their knowledge of the plants and animals they lived with. Varick Chittenden and Lamar Bliss spent a late afternoon exploring a woods near Akwesasne in Franklin county with one such healer.  Go to full article

Prisoners: North Country Residents?

St. Lawrence County will be exhibit A in a forum at the U.S. Census Bureau today about how the census counts prisoners. An Ohio-based researcher says the county's decision to include prisoners in its legislative districts distorts democracy and may be unconstitutional. As David Sommerstein reports, the move was highly controversial when it was adopted.  Go to full article
Salmon River Floods Malone Neigbhorhood
Salmon River Floods Malone Neigbhorhood

Malone: Salmon River Floods Neighborhood

An ice jam on the Salmon River triggered a flood through the weekend, forcing residents in Malone to evacuate at least eight homes. As frigid water filled living rooms and basements, rescue crews worked to help people care for pets and recover some of their possessions. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article

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