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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

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

Education Advocates Await Commitment from Pataki

Groups that won a lawsuit to reform the state's school aid formula are urging Governor Pataki to announce he'll make a down payment on school aid changes during the State of the State.  Go to full article

Commentary: Hunger & Obesity

More on the decades old 'war against hunger'. A report this week said more people are in need and food donations are down. Meanwhile, obesity is a growing problem among the poor. Commentator Jill Vaughan makes a connection.  Go to full article

Food Pantries: More Clients, Less Money

Just days before Thanksgiving, food pantries and soup kitchens are out with their annual report. They find more people are stopping in for food, while charities are receiving less help to feed them. Karen DeWitt reports from Albany.  Go to full article

Fort Drum Makes a Difference

This Saturday is Make a Difference Day around the country, a day for volunteering and helping others. People throughout the North Country will clean up parks, visit senior citizens, pitch in many other ways in their communities. Fort Drum near Watertown is reaching out to its neighbors by stocking food pantries.

You can hear audio of this story later this morning.  Go to full article

Community Groups Observe Hunger Awareness Day

Community groups across New York will observe Hunger Awareness Day this Thursday in a variety of ways. The Canton Neighborhood Center will spend several days this week educating the public about its programs, including an open house tomorrow. Jody Tosti reports.  Go to full article

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