February 18, 2010

Homelessness In Idaho

Thousands of people in Idaho are either homeless or on the verge of homelessness. Host Marcia Franklin talks with a previously homeless woman about her situation and with three shelter operators from different parts of the state about the trends they are seeing, how they are assisting their clients, and what the ongoing needs are for their facilities and for the homeless population.

Guests include: Jeff Conroy, executive director of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul North Idaho in Coeur d'Alene; B.J. Stensland, director of Aid for Friends in Pocatello; Rev. Bill Roscoe of the Boise Rescue Mission; and Sarah Heinz, who was a resident at City Light Shelter in Boise and now lives in transitional housing operated by the same facility.

Last year's "Point in Time" survey showed that nearly 2,000 individuals in Idaho had no permanent home. This year's report, conducted the last week in January, is expected to show an increase in the number of homeless.

Idaho is the recipient of more than $4.4 million in federal stimulus grants to assist in both people who have lost their home during the economic downturn as well as those in imminent danger of eviction. Guests will discuss how to apply for that aid, and how it is being used.