AICHO (American Indian Community Housing Organization) is looking after 175 people at the moment, providing culturally specific help for families and individuals struggling with domestic abuse, homelessness and poverty.
More and more people in the non-Native community are becoming familiar with AICHO, thanks to their exploding presence as a showcase for Native art and artists, and Daryl Olson, a domestic violence/sexual assault training specialist, says the community - Native and non-Native alike, can help the organization by getting involved through attending events and volunteerism.
650 kids came through the doors of Life House this year. More than half were homeless and for most of them, it wasn't the first time. And in the 18 months or so since Life House opened Sol House for youth who've been sex trafficked, 12 kids have been sheltered there.
And the numbers keep adding up. There are 140 kids on a waiting list for housing with nowhere to stay, and Life House has big dreams to be able to help them.
Leading up to this Saturday's Lake Superior Harvest Festival at Bayfront Festival Park, we continue our KUMD Sustainability Week series talking with Jessica Fritsch of the Sierra Club, who will be one of the organizations at the festival this weekend. The Sierra Club is one of the oldest environmental preservation organizations in the U.S., formed in the 1890s by renowned preservationist John Muir.
They don't think Minnesota Power's 25 year energy plan does enough to get rid of coal plants and replace them with clean, renewable energy, and they want people to make their opinions known before the PUC rules on Minnesota Power's proposal.
The public comment period closes at the beginning of March.