The Homelessness Marathon
The Truth About Homelessness
These facts are not part of the national dialog about homelessness (such as it is).
* Other countries take different approaches to homelessness than we do, and some do a much, much better job of preventing it than we do. They do things like keep families in their homes, even if the state has to pay the rent for a long time, because they know that the financial and social toll of homelessness would be far greater.
* For many years now, official homelessness policy in the United States has revolved around encouraging a plethora of local initiatives usually called something like "A Ten Year Plan To End Homelessness." What has been missing from all of these ten-year plans is a date on which, according to the plan, homelessness would actually end. The plans were never more than public relations gimmicks, they have massively failed, and they do not represent a serious attempt to resolve the homelessness crisis.
* Recently, unofficial homelessness policy across the United States has been to criminalize homelessness, like something out of Dickens' time. Homeless people are routinely rousted, arrested and driven from their encampments, which, for many of them (especially women), represent their only place of safety. The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development does not withhold funds from communities that treat homeless people badly. HUD simply doesn't care.
* Before the 2007 financial crash, there was one (still unrecognized) group of people sounding the alarm. Homeless advocates tried to warn people that our modern crisis of homelessness was not caused by people gone bad, but by a system gone bad, and that this malfunctioning system would attack more than the poorest of the poor. Sure enough, the global economy nearly collapsed, because of a burst bubble in (not-coincidentally) the U.S. housing market. The message from homeless advocates is still the same: widespread homelessness is a symptom of a cruel economy tricked up to help only the rich.
The 16th Homelessness Marathon is available for rebroadcast
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February 4, 2010 rant by talk host Ray Appleton on radio station KMJ, commenting on the "victory" that the Fresno City council, citing safety concerns, voted to criminalize begging on median strips if done by homeless people while keeping it legal for registered charities. In his commentary, Appleton says the sight of homeless people is "no different than... garbage."
Dr. Ralph Nunez of the Institute for Children and Poverty interviewed by Doug Miles of WSLR, Sarasota, FL, a Homelessness Marathon affiliate.
Sprouts: Poverty-Better Times Ahead
Stories relating the real-life struggles and solutions of poor people; including statistics about poverty, evictions courts in San Francisco, dumpster-diving, Detroit's homeless shelters, and poverty in post Katrina Mississippi.
Voices of poor and homeless across the USA. Jessica Lockhart - host. reports filed by Michael Alderson, Anna Sussman, Zak Rosen and “Nobody” as well as a special segment featuring observations by Terry Lathan.
The mp3 file of this podcast can be downloaded by clicking here: Sprouts: Poverty-Better Times Ahead
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"Willin' To Git Up," the second installment of excerpts from the 12th Annual Homelessness Marathon.
The mp3 file of this podcast can be downloaded by clicking here: Willin' To Git Up
"Long From Being Over", the first installment of excerpts from the 12th Annual Homelessness Marathon.
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