Every 25 minutes, a person dies from a drug overdose. As Olivia DeWeese reports, the abuse and misuse of prescription drugs is being called an epidemic in Indiana by government programs, and Bloomington is no exception.
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Every day thousands of families in our local community are without food and a place to sleep. With the help of new resources becoming available to aid the homeless, there has been a decline in the number of unsheltered families. As Daion Morton reports, as the numbers in Indiana continue to decrease, local cities like Bloomington are continuing to work together to help homeless families find a place they can call home.
In January 2013, over 610,000 people were homeless on a given night in the United States. Bloomington, Indiana has been struggling with finding solutions for the homeless population. Why can’t the homeless just get a job and make money? According to various sources, being homeless is much more complicated than a willingness to work. Here is Dani Aleksa, reporting for WFHB.
The Affordable Care Act has been a contentious issue since its inception back in 2009. one particular part of the ACA is causing debate in within states nationwide, the expansion of Medicaid. Twenty-six states have not taken the federal funds to expand Medicaid, one of which is Indiana. Governor Mike Pence has rejected the Medicaid expansion in favor of a state plan, and as Neal Earley reports, the Medcaid expansion has created much tension among Hoosiers.
For a seventeen year old, prom should be one of the highlights of their school year. Instead many of Bloomington’s youth are thinking of where the next couch they can crash on for the night is. According to the 2013 annual homeless assessment report to congress, Indiana has an increase of 13.1% of homeless individuals from 2012 to 2013. Reporting for WFHB, Ally Tsimekles reports on the difficulties of Bloomington’s homeless youth and stepping stones.
Welcome to the annual WFHB series “J460 Reports” a partnership between the Indiana University School of Journalism and WFHB. During the spring semester of 2014, students in Professor Mike Conway’s Course Community Journalism pursued stories in the underreported subjects of health, homelessness, aging, and the environment.
Ally Tsimekles, Dani Aleksa, Daion Morton, Lindsey Wright, Olivia DeWeese, Neal Early, Ruben Solis, and Sierra Gardner.
Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh
Audio production provided by Adam Richle
We are joined in the air room by Pam Raider and Vera Grubbs for a special fund-drive edition of BCH!
Hosted by Dave Seastrom and Vera Grubbs.
First aired Sunday, April 6, 2014 at 9 AM on WFHB (Spring Fund Drive Special)
☆ In this episode of the Brown County Hour:
- In Memory of BC elder Hank Swain: essay by Pam Raider
- Hank Swain with his story, Scuprats
- Poems by Chris Curtin, Rick Fettig, Gunther Flumm and Tramp Star
- Dave Seastrom with another pithy essay: Earth Day
- And our Awesome Musical Guests: live recordings from the 2014 Brown County Music Awards (held on March 8), including music by Bonz, Lauren Robert, the Indiana Boys, Cari Ray, Marvin Parish, and a special Lifetime Achievement Award to beloved Nashville busker, John Franz.
✇ Theme music by Slats Klug & Friends.
Alternative Radio founder David Barsamian delivers a lecture on the interaction between media, capitalism, and the environment for this Spring Fund Drive event.
Pricing is $5 to attend the lecture, $35 to attend the lecture and meet David Barsamian afterward. Bloomington Brewing Company beer, local wines, and hors d’oeuvres will be available at the reception.
Space is limited and tickets should be reserved in advance at WFHB Community Radio 108 W 4th Street, or online. Payment is due at the time of the event.
Support for this event comes from IBEW Local #725.
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 Angela Riley
A mother of seven, Angela became homeless after her divorce in 2010. While utilizing Bloomington’s social services, shelters, and sleeping outside, she has completed her GED, been employed, and is enrolled to begin Ivy Tech Community College in May. She is also a recent addition to the Board of Directors at the Shalom Community Center. Angela came by the WFHB studios along with advocate Samantha Harrell, to share her story of homelessness and their efforts for permanante emergency shelter in Bloomington.
At 7pm April 1st there will be a march in support of Bloomington’s homeless beginning at People’s Park. The March will end at the Courthouse where there will be speakers and a candlelight vigil.