homelessness http://wesa.fm en Dr. Jim Withers: Bringing Healthcare to the Streets http://wesa.fm/post/dr-jim-withers-bringing-healthcare-streets <p>There is a doctor in Pittsburgh that still makes house calls, to a certain extent. For more than 20 years Dr. Jim Withers’s house calls have brought healthcare to the homeless.&nbsp; What began as a nightly service in 1992 has become the non-profit, <a href="http://www.pmhs.org/operation-safety-net/">Operation Safety Net</a>.</p><p>"I was just frustrated with the gap between how healthcare looks at people and how much each person's own reality is unique to them," says Withers. Wed, 05 Feb 2014 23:39:50 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 23939 at http://wesa.fm Dr. Jim Withers: Bringing Healthcare to the Streets Bipartisan Pair of PA Lawmakers Push for Homelessness Study http://wesa.fm/post/bipartisan-pair-pa-lawmakers-push-homelessness-study <p>Some state lawmakers are pushing for a study of homelessness in the commonwealth in order to get a better understanding of what advocates say is a growing problem.<br /><br />The effort would look at the occurrence of homelessness, and its effects and trends in Pennsylvania.&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<br /><br />Dale Lanigan, who helps coordinate volunteers at an emergency overnight men’s shelter in Harrisburg, says it would answer important questions.<br /> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 08:30:00 +0000 Mary Wilson 22664 at http://wesa.fm Annual Candlelight Vigil to Remember Homeless Deaths http://wesa.fm/post/annual-candlelight-vigil-remember-homeless-deaths <p>As a part of National Homeless Persons Memorial Day, a Pittsburgh nonprofit is hosting a candlelight vigil to remember those who have died homeless in 2013.</p><p>Operation Safety Net, a program by Pittsburgh Mercy Health System, will host the vigil under the bridge that connects Grant Street to Fort Pitt Boulevard in downtown on Saturday, Dec. 21, the longest night of the year.</p> Tue, 17 Dec 2013 12:15:42 +0000 Haldan Kirsch 21466 at http://wesa.fm Exploring the Wider Impact of LGBT Homelessness in Pittsburgh http://wesa.fm/post/exploring-wider-impact-lgbt-homelessness-pittsburgh <p>Homelessness among Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) people is more prevalent than any other statistical group in America.</p><p>Forty percent of homeless <a href="http://www.glaad.org/blog/homeless-holidays-lgbt-youth-share-their-stories">youth in America</a> identify as LGBT. The same statistic applies to the city of Pittsburgh.</p><p><a href="http://pittsburghonvideo.org/video/10216/unsung-uncut-glcc-homeless-pro">Lyndsey Sickler</a>, chair of the Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Pittsburgh, and Nayck B. Feliz, associate director of <a href="http://projectsilk.org/">Project SILK</a>, work firsthand with young LGBT Pittsburghers who experience homelessness.</p><p>Feliz said this high homeless population has negative societal ramifications for the Pittsburgh region.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 12 Dec 2013 22:40:54 +0000 Katherine Blackley 21273 at http://wesa.fm Exploring the Wider Impact of LGBT Homelessness in Pittsburgh The Challenges Of Suburban Homelessness and Education http://wesa.fm/post/challenges-suburban-homelessness-and-education <blockquote><p>Guests include: <strong>Elizabeth Kneebone</strong>, Fellow at the Brookings Institution and co-author of Confronting Suburban Poverty, <strong>Chuck Keenan</strong>, administrator in Allegheny County's Bureau of Homeless Services, <strong>Kyoko Henson</strong>, a home and school visitor for the Penn Hills School District, <strong>Joe Lagana</strong>, founder and CEO of the Homeless Children's Education Fund, and homeless student <strong>Kevin Lee</strong>, winner of a national scholarship, with his mother <strong>Tamara Williams</strong></p></blockquote><p>There are nearly 20,000 homeless school age children in Pennsylvania and that’s a small portion of the 1.2 million across the country.</p><p>Local and national experts gathered in Pittsburgh on Friday for the fourth annual Homeless Education Network Summit to discuss an issue of rising concern: suburban poverty, homelessness and the challenge of education.</p><p>Since 2000, the number of poor people living in the suburbs grew by 64 percent. And today, about 16.4 million poor people are living in suburbs, compared to 13.4 million in the cities.</p><p>Allegheny County is no different.</p><p>In the Pittsburgh region alone, the suburban poverty rate increased 15.7 percent between 2000 and 2011; while the city saw a 6.3 percent increase. Thu, 21 Nov 2013 19:22:11 +0000 Michael Lynch 20003 at http://wesa.fm The Challenges Of Suburban Homelessness and Education As Temperatures Rise, City's Homeless Population Especially at Risk http://wesa.fm/post/temperatures-rise-citys-homeless-population-especially-risk <p>With the heat reaching 90 degrees all this week, the city of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County have been opening and extending the hours of cooling centers for the elderly — but what about the homeless?</p><p>Dr. Jim Withers, medical director and founder of Operation Safety Net, said the homeless, especially those who are elderly, are at risk during the heat.</p> Thu, 18 Jul 2013 17:52:20 +0000 Jessica Nath 13337 at http://wesa.fm Allegheny County Grabs $13.1 Million to Fight Homelessness http://wesa.fm/post/allegheny-county-grabs-131-million-fight-homelessness <p>Allegheny County has an additional $13 million to spend on trying to combat homelessness in the region.&nbsp; The funds come from a U.S. Department of Housing &amp; Urban Development (HUD) Continuum of Care grant.&nbsp;</p><p>The county can use the funds to support housing and service programs including safe havens, transitional housing and permanent housing for persons with disabilities. Most of the money will be used to continue programs already being offered by the county, said Allegheny County Homeless Programs Administrator Chuck Keenan.</p> Tue, 19 Mar 2013 19:42:10 +0000 Mark Nootbaar 4092 at http://wesa.fm