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Laura Davenport and Cassie
Laura Davenport and Cassie

Close to Homeless: Surviving Transiency

People who are homeless in rural regions like Northern New York redefine our picture of "homelessness". The National Coalition for the Homeless, a not-for-profit advocacy group, says rural homeless are more likely to be white, female, married, working--and homeless for short periods of time. And instead of relying on social service agencies, many rural homeless people stay with family or friends until they get back on their feet. They move from place to place, staying with friends and relatives, or in a series of substandard apartments and trailers. NCPR talked with some of these overlooked neighbors, and with some of their advocates, in a series of stories last May called Close to Homeless. This week, we'll revisit those stories, and check back to see how the people we met are faring. In part one of our series last spring, David Sommerstein reported 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
Laura and her family
Laura and her family

Close to Homeless Update: Laura Davenport

It's been a momentous nine months for Laura Davenport and her family. Laura regained full custody of her children. The family's social worker said home life seemed stable enough to end regular visits. Laura got a full-time job. And she built an addition to her trailer. David Sommerstein stopped by recently to check back in.  Go to full article
JR Risley Inlet Supervisor & AATV
JR Risley Inlet Supervisor & AATV

Local Government Group Calls Middle Class Housing "A Crisis"

Last month, the Association of Adirondack Towns and Villages passed a resolution supporting legislation designed to promote affordable housing for middle income families. JR Risley -- who heads the AATV and serves as town supervisor in Inlet -- spoke this week with Brian Mann. Risley says the booming second home market is crippling some communities in the Park.  Go to full article

The View From Aspen: To Save "Local" Resort Towns Must Plan

This week, a local government leader from Aspen Colorado spoke at an affordable housing conference in Saranac Lake, sponsored by the Center for the Advancement of Sustainable Tourism. Mick Ireland has been a commissioner in Pitkin County for ten years. Ireland spoke with Brian Mann. He says Aspen is fighting to retain its local character.  Go to full article

Ft. Drum Growth Stresses Housing Market

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

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

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 two, a small kitchen, a bathroom. But housing experts say more and more of the region's low-cost apartments are so squalid that they're actually unhealthy or unsafe. Brian Mann has this profile of Saranac Lake, where dozens of the worst apartment buildings are owned by a handful of landlords.  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

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