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.
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.
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