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The Leonard Lopate Show

Homeless Families in NYC

Thursday, May 09, 2013

In January, the city’s homeless population exceeded 50,000, the highest number since the Great Depression. Kim Velsey, New York Observer senior editor, talks about the growing number of homeless families that made up most of the city’s shelter population. She'll be joined by joined by Anne Pierre, a homeless mother Velsey wrote about in her article “The Return of Hooverville,” in the April 29 New York Observer

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Radio Rookies

American Heaven

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

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Danielle was 13 when she left her home and her mother in the Congo.  She came to New York to pursue the American dream, but she wound up living in a homeless shelter.  

The Brian Lehrer Show

Homeless Kids

Monday, November 19, 2012

Covenant House international president Kevin Ryan and poet and journalist Tina Kelley, both co-authors of Almost Home: Helping Kids Move from Homelessness to Hope, talk about helping homeless teens.

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WNYC News

Apps Contest Aims to Help Homeless Vets

Sunday, September 02, 2012

Two local app developers are finalists in a Department of Veterans Affairs contest to help reduce Veteran homelessness.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Homelessness Spike in NYC

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

WNYC reporter Cindy Rodriguez discusses why there's been a spike in homelessness in New York.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Pathways to Housing

Friday, August 10, 2012

Sam Tsemberis discusses founding Pathways to Housing in 1992, a program that addresses homelessness among people with psychiatric disabilities. Since its founding, Pathways has housed more than 600 people in New York alone, and the program maintains an 85% retention rate. In addition to its New York headquarters, Pathways to Housing now has program offices in Washington DC, Philadelphia and Vermont, and the Pathways Housing First model has been replicated in more than 40 cities across the United States, as well as in Canada, Japan, the Netherlands, Spain, and Portugal.

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The Takeaway

One-Third of US Homeless Population is Obese, According to New Study

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Obesity is one of the most pressing concerns in contemporary American life, and a new study finds that it affects the country's homeless population as much as it does the general population. Andrea De Mink, the founder and executive of an Indianapolis-based homelessness organization The PourHouse, strives to provide her patrons with the healthiest food possible in order to combat this rising concern, and Barbara DiPietro, the policy director of the National Health Care for the Homeless Council, explains why this research is largely unsurprising.

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WNYC News

City Loses First Round in Legal Dispute Over Stricter Shelter Rules

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

A court ruled Tuesday that they city cannot move forward with its requirement for homeless single adults to prove they have no other place to go before being found eligible for shelter.

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The Takeaway

Lack of the Safety Net: Homelessness and America's Tent Cities

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

The ripple effect of the 2008 subprime mortgage crisis and a chronically sluggish economy have changed the face of poverty in America. Sections of the population who never previously utilized the "safety net" have experienced long periods of under, or unemployment and struggled to get by. According to recent Census data, 47 million Americans now live below the poverty line. In 55 cities across the country, the new urban poor have responded by living in tent cities.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Tent City, New Jersey

Thursday, December 01, 2011

Reverend Steve Brigham discusses the state of Tent City, which he founded outside of Lakewood, N.J. The county does not provide shelter for the homeless. Brigham's attorney from Lowenstein and Sandler, Jeff Wild, joins the conversation.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

New Homeless Shelter Policy in Dispute

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Gail Robinson, editor in chief of GothamGazette.com, explains the new homeless shelter policy which has been halted by the City Council and discusses the significance of a lawsuit against the Mayor.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Living in a Car: Homelessness on 60 Minutes

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Nicole Young, producer for 60 Minutes and the Evening News with Scott Pelley, talks about the 60 Minutes piece Hard Times Generation: Families Living in Cars, which aired this weekend. Mary Brosnahan, Executive Director of the Coalition for the Homeless, explains why homeless families in the five boroughs are not in the same position as those in Florida.

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WNYC News

City Temporarily Halts Controversial Homeless Policy

Thursday, November 10, 2011

A new controversial homeless policy set to take effect Monday will be halted until December 9. The new policy would have allowed staff at an intake center to deny shelter to individuals if, after reviewing where they've lived over the past year, they determined someone such as a friend or relative could take them in.

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The Takeaway

Majoring in 'Homelessness' at UCLA

Thursday, November 03, 2011

Last week, The Takeaway reported that student loan debt is rising along with the college tuition rate. According to the College Board, the average cost per year of tuition is up more 8.3 percent for public four year colleges and up 4.5 percent for private schools. The average college student now finishes school with between $22,000 and $28,000 of debt. While President Obama announced a new program that the White House says will help lower student loan interest rates, some students refuse to take on the burden of debt. Celeste is in Los Angeles this week and she spoke to one such student, a UCLA undergraduate who is so concerned about debt, he's decided to finish his education homeless.

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WNYC News

Many Foster Children End Up Homeless: Report

Thursday, September 08, 2011

New York is not doing a good job preparing its foster children for the workforce, charges a new report.

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The Takeaway

Paris to Host Ninth Annual Homeless World Cup

Friday, August 19, 2011

On Sunday homeless men and women from across the globe will meet in Paris, France to compete in the ninth Homeless World Cup. The decade-old event is an international four-on-four soccer tournament that brings together homeless athletes, and also draws attention to the plight of the 100 million homeless people around the world. Games are spectator-friendly, and will take place in the city's center.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Girl's Guide to Homelessness

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Brianna Karp tells how she became homeless after she lost her job during the economic collapse. Her memoir, The Girl's Guide to Homelessness, is an account of landing, then losing, her dream job as an executive assistant. When the hundreds of job applications led to no offers, she lost her home and ended up living in an inherited Winnebago in a Walmart parking lot.

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WNYC News

After The Storm, Extra Help For The Homeless

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

For homeless New Yorkers, finding shelter from the elements can be a life or death situation.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Measuring Homelessness Prevention

Monday, December 13, 2010

First Seth Diamond, commissioner of the NYC Department of Homeless Services, then Patrick Markee, senior policy analyst at the Coalition for the Homeless, talk about the effectiveness of homeless services and a controversial plan to measure what's working.

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The Takeaway

5 Years Later: Katrina Troubles Remain in New Orleans

Friday, August 27, 2010

This weekend marks five years since Hurricane Katrina swept through and ravaged New Orleans. Earlier in the week, we spoke about recovery efforts with the mayor of Biloxi, Mississippi, and Grammy award winning Jazz musician Terence Blanchard explained how the rich musical community in New Orleans has evolved since. Many Katrina victims are still very much in the recovery process. Five years after Hurricane Katrina there are 12,000 homeless people New Orleans. That’s double what it was before the storm.

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