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Correction, 7/29/13: It’s come to our attention that we mischaracterized the nature of the new arrangement between Sparx Corporation and the Canton Housing Authority with respect to these buildings, as did the original article that’s...
When I interviewed for my job at North Country Public Radio, I asked the people I was talking to several questions about the North Country. One of these was what poverty looks like here. Before moving to Canton, I’d always lived in big cities,...
The Watertown Daily Times reports today that Ogdensburg is selling the last house in its Neighborhood Stabilization Program. The program, run through the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), aims to “stabiliz[e]...
I learned this morning, via a campus-wide email from the SLU Collegiate Chapter of Habitat for Humanity, that the first Monday in October was designated World Habitat Day in 1985 by the United Nations General Assembly. The campus group is spending...
The Watertown Daily Times is reporting the greater Fort Drum region could face a sharper housing crunch in 2012, when all of the post’s brigades are scheduled to be at home: Among the 18,500 soldiers, the largest bloc is three brigade combat ...
News stories tagged with "housing"
Sep 16, 2004 — As election season hits its stride, the North Country is being showered with federal and state grant money. On the heels of announcements in Ogdensburg, Governor Pataki and Congressman John McHugh yesterday announced 9 North Country communities will share $4.5 million in federal housing funds. Also yesterday, McHugh announced the Department of Energy awarded Clarkson University $775,000 over three years to develop energy efficient building technology. And as David Sommerstein reports, the USDA will loan the River Hospital in Alexandria Bay $2.5 million. Go to full article
Aug 16, 2004 — The area around Fort Drum, Watertown, and beyond is on the brink of a building boom. But some say it might be more of a housing crisis. 4,200 soldiers and their families are moving to the region as the army base adds a new 3rd Brigade. The army is also beginning a $315 million renovation of its existing housing on base. That's good news for builders, realtors, and economic growth. But the influx of people may make affordable housing hard to find. David Sommerstein reports. Go to full article
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May 27, 2004 — 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
May 27, 2004 — 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 firstname.lastname@example.org Go to full article
May 25, 2004 — 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
May 24, 2004 — 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
Feb 05, 2004 — Breathe that clean country air--outdoors. In your house the mothballs give off carcinogens, the carpets harbor ancient DDT residue, and don't even think about what's under the sink. Dr. Curt Stager and Martha Foley share the bad news about toxic households. Go to full article
Dec 26, 2003 — Last week, the Army announced California-based housing developer, Actus Lend Lease, won a contract to build 1200 new homes around Fort Drum for the base's soldiers and their families. The construction is expected to cost more than $300 million over ten years. Decisions the company makes will affect the base itself, as well as towns in Jefferson, Lewis, and St. Lawrence Counties, where many soldier families live. The plan is a part of a massive nationwide project to privatize military housing, called the Residential Communities Initiative, or RCI. David Sommerstein spoke with John Deans, chairman of the Fort Drum Regional Liaison Organization, about the privatization plan. Deans has toured bases around the country to learn more about RCI. He says on many bases, soldiers live in aging homes. Go to full article
by Brian Mann
Sep 12, 2003 — There's a housing boom underway in the Adirondacks - but most of the new homes are going to vacationers or seasonal residents. Visitors are also buying up hundreds of homes and camps once owned by locals. As Brian Mann reports, some villagers worry that the tight real estate market will hurt local economies - and even damage the sense of community. Go to full article
by Brian Mann
Sep 11, 2003 — Over the last decade, housing costs in the Adirondacks have grown by nearly a third. The cost of building or remodeling a home spiked again this summer, as the price of plywood and oriented strand board more than doubled. The increase was triggered in part by the military's purchase of massive amounts of construction materials in Iraq. As Brian Mann reports, the tight market is adding thousands of dollars to the cost of a new home. Go to full article