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Monroe County Organization Assists Runaway Youth

According to the National Runaway Safeline, more than 1 million children and teens run away from home each year in America. The Indiana Department of Education reported in the 2013-14 school year, 16 out of every 1,000 students in Monroe County was homeless. Among the organizations providing services to this population is Stepping Stones, a nonprofit providing transitional housing and …

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“Disrespecting the Area” — The Changing Legality of Public Sleeping, in Bloomington and Beyond

Monroe County passed an ordinance in 2013 to set hours for use of the Courthouse lawn. The stated goal was to prohibit people from sleeping there.

One of the most clear challenges for a person or a family experiencing homelessness is finding a place to sleep. In many communities, including Monroe County, there are not enough shelter beds to meet the need. And for years, laws around the country have compounded the problem by restricting other options for places to rest. But that could be changing. …

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Veteran and Housing Status Now a Protected Class In Bloomington

The Bloomington City Council has officially added Veteran Status and Housing Status” to the list of protected classes in the Bloomington Human Rights Ordinance. City Clerk, Regina Moore, provided a synopsis of the motion. The sponsor of the ordinance, Council member Dorothy Granger, is a staff member at WFHB. “The term Veteran Status is defined as a veteran of the …

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Daily Local News – August 5, 2015

The City of Bloomington issued a boil order this afternoon following several water main breaks today; A single-day study has found an increased number of people experiencing homelessness in Monroe County; In a recent study local biologist Farrah Bashey-Visser has been researching an apparent microscopic war between microorganisms; The company that grades standardized tests for Indiana schools is running behind. …

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Monroe County’s Homelessness Numbers Appear to Rise

A single-day study has found an increased number of people experiencing homeless in Monroe County. The 2015 Point-In-Time Homeless count found a total of 329 Monroe County residents living without permanent housing. That’s up from 302 people last year and 304 the year before. The increase comes as numbers continue to fall slightly across Indiana. The Point-in-Time count is performed …

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Daily Local News – May 13, 2015

Bloomington police announced this afternoon they had arrested an Indiana University administrator for possession of child pornography; Bloomingfoods is hosting the Bloomington’s Fifth Annual Bike to Work Day Block Party this Friday from 5:00pm to 8:30 pm; Bloomington residents debated the merits of the proposed parking garage downtown at a city Plan Commission meeting on Monday; The City of Bloomington …

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Interchange – Making the Case Against Cages; Being Vulnerable to Arrest


Segment One: Making the Case Against Cages. Prison abolitionist Micol Seigel, an associate professor in the departments of American Studies and History at Indiana University, discusses issues surrounding homelessness and incarceration in Bloomington and Monroe County. The conversation focuses on the changes in the Indiana criminal sentencing codes that shift categories of crime, eliminates some offenses, changes the severity of …

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Shalom Center project aims to end homelessness

The Shalom Community Center will host a presentation on their newest project, “Off the Streets by 2020” tomorrow from 5 to 6:30p.m. The presentation will outline the center’s efforts and plans to end homelessness in Bloomington and surrounding areas. Executive Director Forrest Gilmore will speak to attendees about the future of fighting homelessness in the community. The Shalom Center is …

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Daily Local News – February 7th, 2014

The Deputy Director of Indiana Civil Rights Commission, Akia Haynes, announced yesterday that there is probable cause that Indiana University Health racially discriminated a former employee; The night manager at a Bloomington laundromat told the City Council that people experiencing homelessness are increasingly trying to spend the night at the business; Yesterday 13 Indiana businesses added their names to the …

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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 …

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