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I’m Homeless: Heather and Granny

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This week we are speaking with experts on homelessness in Bloomington, those who have studied the causes and effects of homelessness through firsthand experience. Our expert Glen knows that alcoholism is no party. Our expert Angela has studied the effects of homelessness on college students, Our expert Billy has found that when housing rolls in, success comes tumbling after. Hear these stories and others, directly from those who have experienced homelessness in Bloomington.

Today on “I’m Homeless” we hear from a Grandmother and Granddaughter duo staying at the Interfaith Winter Shelter. Until she was 18 Heather was in foster care, but now that she is a legal adult she is on her own when it comes to securing housing. With a history of eviction, many low-income programs won’t take her. Four moths pregnant and running out of options, she recently followed her Grandma to the interfaith winter shelter, where I met her earlier this month and she walked me through the adaption process of becoming homeless.

I’m Homeless is a production of WFHB Bloomington Community Radio
Audio engineers are Rob Powell, Ilze Ackerbergs, and Adam Reichle
Our theme music is provided by Deerheart
Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh

Thank you to all those who told their story as part of this series, and for those who volunteer their time to assist at the interfaith winter shelter.
Thanks to Billy Young for providing tracks from his Album Church of Trees – dedicated to Bloomington’s Homeless

I’m Homeless: Ron Schuler

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For every mat on the floor of the Interfaith Winter Shelter there is a story of loss, and a story of hope. This week we are speaking with experts on homelessness in Bloomington, those who have studied the causes and effects of homelessness through firsthand experience. All week we bring you first hand accounts from residents of the Interfaith Wintershelter, and those working on an alternate system once the shelter closes April 1st.

Today on “I’m Homeless” we hear from Ron Schuler. Ron uses the Interfaith Winter Shelter every night and has a list of health problems the inhibit him from finding employment. As bad as his situation is, Ron doesn’t want to leave town because his mother lives in a care facility in the area, so he still spends his days applying for jobs, and helping the summer shelter group seek a permanent solution for emergency shelter in Bloomington.

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I’m Homeless is a production of WFHB Bloomington Community Radio
Audio engineers are Rob Powell, Ilze Ackerbergs, and Adam Reichle
Our theme music is provided by Deerheart
Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh

Thank you to all those who told their story as part of this series, and for those who volunteer their time to assist at the interfaith winter shelter.
Thanks to Billy Young for providing tracks from his Album Church of Trees – dedicated to Bloomington’s Homeless

I’m Homeless: Billy Young

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For every mat on the floor of the Interfaith Winter Shelter there is a story of loss, and a story of hope. This week we are speaking with experts on homelessness in Bloomington, those who have studied the causes and effects of homelessness through firsthand experience. All week we bring you first hand accounts from residents of the Interfaith Wintershelter, and those working on an alternate system once the shelter closes April 1st.

Today on I’m Homeless we hear from Interfaith Winter Shelter volunteer Billy Young. Billy has recently been housed in the Crawford apartments, a “housing first” housing development targeting those who are chronically homeless. Along with volunteering at the shelter, Young plays and records music, and tracks from his Church of Trees album can be heard throughout this series.

CREDITS
I’m Homeless is a production of WFHB Bloomington Community Radio
Audio engineers are Rob Powell, Ilze Ackerbergs, and Adam Reichle
Our theme music is provided by Deerheart
Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh

Thank you to all those who told their story as part of this series, and for those who volunteer their time to assist at the interfaith winter shelter.
Thanks to Billy Young for providing tracks from his Album Church of Trees – dedicated to Bloomington’s Homeless

I’m Homeless: Glenn Carter

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For every mat on the floor of the Interfaith Winter Shelter there is a story of loss, and a story of hope. This week we are speaking with experts on homelessness in Bloomington, those who have studied the causes and effects of homelessness through firsthand experience. All week we bring you first hand accounts from residents of the Interfaith Wintershelter, and those working on an alternate system once the shelter closes April 1st.

We begin our series with Glen Carter who attends weekly meetings at the Monroe County Public Library in a group effort to secure a shelter for those who need a place to stay April through November when the Interfaith Winter Shelter is not in operation.  Carter’s addiction led him to homelessness, and his recovery has led him to advocacy.

CREDITS
I’m Homeless is a production of WFHB Bloomington Community Radio
Audio engineers are Rob Powell, Ilze Ackerbergs, and Adam Reichle
Our theme music is provided by Deerheart
Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh

Thank you to all those who told their story as part of this series, and for those who volunteer their time to assist at the interfaith winter shelter.
Thanks to Billy Young for providing tracks from his Album Church of Trees – dedicated to Bloomington’s Homeless

Best of 2013 # 1 – There’s no such thing as a free lunch: Parking Meters Nickel and Dime Downtown Bloomington

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One issue this year sparked more discussion and reached broader than any other. The defining story of our community in 2013 is the implementation of Parking meters in downtown Bloomington. Mayor Mark Kruzan had strong support from the city council and Public Works Director Susie Johnson in his push for bringing in parking meter revenue in to the city budget, but found little support from local residents, businesses, and social service providers.  The scheduled February 6th vote was put off 6 weeks for further conversation. The Bloomington Chamber of Commerce did not endorse the plan, and many concerns arose about how the meters would impact Bloomington’s poor, and those who volunteer their time at downtown social service agencies that help assist the hungry and homeless. But on March 21st the council did pass the parking meter plan, with several amendments from the initial proposal. Throughout the year the city assigned and then rearranged various fees and penalties, all the while reaping in thousands of dollars a day from residents parking downtown.

CREDITS
The best of 2013 is a production of the WFHB news department.
Today’s episode was produced by Alycin Bektesh
Correspondents Joe Crawford and David Murphy contributed to today’s reports
Our theme music is provided by Legs
Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh

Best of 2013 #2 – The Board vs. the State: Scandals in Public Education

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2013 was a volatile year for education in Indiana. Education leaders made national headlines with their highly visible dysfunction and disputes, most stemming from a rocky relationship between newly-elected State Board of Education Superintendent Glenda Ritz and the Indiana Department of Education.

CREDITS
The Best of 2013 is a production of the WFHB News Department.
Today’s episode was produced by Drew Daudelin.
Correspondents Stephen Brown and Casey Kuhn contributed to today’s reports.
Our theme music is provided by Legs.
Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Best of 2013 #3 – “Where Do You Want Us To Go?”: The Search for Shelter in Bloomington

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While political battles in Congress forced cuts to social services across the country in 2013, the year also saw a combination of local events affecting a population that has long depended on the social safety net. People experiencing homelessness were at the center of controversies over police harassment, city zoning laws, and a lack of adequate shelter. The issue that got the most attention began this Spring, when advocates for the homeless worked to establish replacements for the low-barrier shelter at the Genesis Church, which didn’t open this year. But there were problems finding a safe, affordable location. And many advocates complained that city government was antagonistic to their efforts. Meanwhile, throughout the year a community group has been working on strategies to deal with homelessness in the long-term. And in September, LifeDesigns and the Shalom Center announced the opening of a new facility, called the Crawford Apartments, that now provides long-term housing for 27 people classified as chronically homeless.

CREDITS
The best of 2013 is a production of the WFHB news department.
Correspondent Wes Martin and Assistant News Director Joe Crawford contributed to today’s reports.
Today’s episode was produced by Joe Crawford.
Our theme music is provided by Legs
Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh

Best of 2013 #4 – Restricted Access: Indiana Reinterprets Medical Abortions

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Indiana Senate Bill 371 easily passed into law this year, but the act, which reclassifies health clinics and imposes unnecessary procedures and counseling to families seeking abortions, has yet to be implemented due to a recent court ordered injunction declaring the law unconstitutional. Today, we look back at the legislators who passed an entire bill aimed to close down a single business, and the Hoosiers who continue to battle for women’s rights.

CREDITS
The best of 2013 is a production of the WFHB news department.
Today’s episode was produced by Alycin Bektesh
Our theme music is provided by Legs
Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh

Best of 2013 #5 – Neighbors Clash Over Trash: The Fight Over A Downtown Garbage Station

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Issues surrounding trash and recycling were in the news all year long during 2013. Early this year the local solid waste district expanded its services for rural customers. Then, over the summer, a business that accepted recyclables in downtown Bloomington was forced to close due to financial troubles. And in recent months there has been debate over whether the solid waste district should build a materials recovery facility that would process and sell the waste residents throw away. But none of those issues drew as much attention and controversy as a plan to build a new trash transfer station in a residential neighborhood on the west side of Bloomington. An application to build the station at JB Salvage on West Vernal Pike was filed late in 2012, but the plans weren’t publicly discussed until early this year.

CREDITS
The best of 2013 is a production of the WFHB news department.
Today’s episode was produced by Joe Crawford.
Our theme music is provided by Legs
Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh

Best of 2013 #6 – House Joint Resolution 6: the Battle for Marriage Equality in Indiana

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The fight for marriage equality reached the boiling point in 2013. From the landmark Supreme Court decisions striking down the federal Defense of Marriage Act and deferring to the lower court decision that found the ban of same-sex marriage created by California’s Proposition 8 referendum to be unconstitutional under California law to Maine, Maryland, Washington State, Rhode Island, Delaware, Minnesota, California, New Jersey, Illinois, Hawaii, New Mexico, and most recently, Utah legalizing same-sex marriage in their states, either by legislation, ballot referendum and court decision, the move toward marriage equality gained a massive amount of momentum this year. In 2014, decisions regarding same-sex marriage will be taken up by Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Oregon, Nevada, and Colorado, which could potentially lead to legalization in 24 states and the District of Columbia or nearly half the country. Indiana may be another state where big decisions are made regarding same-sex marriage next year.  On January 30th of 2013, the Indiana House issued Joint Resolution 6. HJR6 proposes amending the Indiana Constitution to define marriage HJR6 states that “Only a marriage between one (1) man and one (1) woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in Indiana”. It was supposed to have been voted on earlier this year, but just a month after the United States Supreme Court scheduled oral arguments on the DOMA and Prop 8 cases, the amendment was pushed back to the 2014 legislative session.

CREDITS
The best of 2013 is a production of the WFHB news department.
Today’s episode was produced by Jennifer Whitaker and Alycin Bektesh.
Correspondent Jennifer Whitaker and David Murphy and Producers Cleveland Dietz and Harrison Wagner contributed to today’s reports
Our theme music is provided by Legs
Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh

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