CHUM

Lisa Johnson

Living in their car because they couldn't find a place to live. Calling all 13 dental providers who claim to take medical insurance and being turned away by all of them. Struggling with public transportation as a disabled person when bus stops aren't shoveled.

©CHUM/Courtney Cochran

Landlords in the Twin Ports can pretty much write their own tickets.  With a 3% vacancy rate, filling empty properties doesn't require much effort.

But as the community saw last week, some local landlords are interested in a pilot program called the Landlord Incentives Program, an effort to make it easier for folks with criminal pasts to secure a place to live and for landlords to rent to them. 

KUMD is proud to sponsor the 2016 CHUM Rhubarb Festival happening June 25th on the corner of 11th Avenue and London Road. This years event includes regional artist entertainment, hundreds of pies, and baked goods galore. Outdoor booths have been added this year for children's activities, rhubarb brats, rhubarb burritos, and indispensable rhubarb gear.

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Deb Holman

Deb Holman is pretty much on call 24/7.

The street outreach worker with CHUM and HDC makes sure the people she works with have her number so they can call or text for help if they need it.

But it's the people who don't think they need help -- like the man was sleeping outside Saturday night and  texted her that he'd "adapted to the climate" -- that worry her the most, especially when wind chills drop into the 20s and 30s below.

CHUM

In some ways, the new after-school program at Duluth's Steve O'Neil Apartments is just like any other: snacks, time to study and read quietly and a place to unwind after the school day.

Community Action Duluth

Jobs in the Northland don't come just from mining, industry or tourism;  it turns out there’s good money   generated – AND jobs – in the arts and in the groups charged with taking care of other folks. 

For the third time, the organizers of the Local Solutions to Poverty Candidate Forum turned the tables on the the folks running for office.  The candidates were given the questions a week in advance, but the actual questions were presented - along with personal stories - by seven different community members affected by poverty, homelessness or racism in the community.  And even with the questions delivered in advance, what they learned took the candidates by surprise.

Deb Holman

The celebrated openings of the  Steve O'Neill and Lincoln Park Apartments gave our community hope that we're making headway in the effort to stop homelessness.

But not every housing option works for every situation.

This week, KUMD takes a look at the folks experiencing homelessness in the Northland: who are they?  Why don't they have homes?  What are their options?