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"They don't usually like the court at first," admits Deb Holman, ruefully.

But an innovative collaboration between legal professionals and community support service providers (Holman is a Street Outreach Worker for CHUM) is helping to break the cycle of homelessness, chemical dependency, mental illness and crime.

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Joel Kilgour sighs.

Maybe the plan was "overly ambitious," he says.

Joel has spent the better part of the last 20 years with the Loaves and Fishes Community, working on behalf of people struggling with poverty, homelessness and "housing insecurity."

In 2007, St. Louis County launched A Ten Year Plan to End Homelessness.  In 2017, the crisis of homelessness has not abated, but all is far from lost.

Lisa Johnson

  Six months ago, a group of Duluthians brought their concerns to local political candidates, asking them to take specific steps to address their issues.

Part of the Local Solutions to Poverty Candidate Forum included the commitment to a follow-up Accountability Session this spring.

 

In this second part of a three part report, we hear about  efforts to make transportation more accessible for people with disabilities, and the progress of Homes for All in the Minnesota Legislature.

 

Deb Holman

Deb Holman calls it "an awesome little thing."

A landowner wanted to have a friendly relationship with the homeless person camping on their land, and called the Outreach Line to extend an offer: tell the person he could put a bag of his trash in their garbage can every week. 

©Deb Holman

$530 dollars a month bought a lot more in 1986.

If that number kept up with the cost of living, it would be closer to $1,400 in 2016 dollars.

But 30 years later, a family of three on MFIP (The Minnesota Family Investment Program - the state's welfare reform program for low-income families with children), is still getting the $530 per month.

Aprill Emig

"I'm an ice cream lady."

He sat across from me, trying his best to be swag, my pint-size alpha male.

"You wha'?"

  We talk with Kenza Hadj-Moussa, the Communications Director for the Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless about their 2015 Annual Conference held in Duluth last week, and their ongoing work to alleviate the problems caused by homelessness and to eliminate homelessness itself. 

Deb Holman/CHUM Street Outreach Advocate

St. Louis County's ten-year-plan to end homelessness is in either year ten or eight ... depending on how you count the process that began in 2005 or the completed plan that was adopted in 2007.  Can we end homelessness in St. Louis County within two years?

The 3rd Annual Housing for All Community Summit took a hard look at that question last week.

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Many families are familiar with the wrenching decisions that have to be made when a parent can no longer live alone.

But what happens to our elders who have no families - or homes, for that matter?

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

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?

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What are the root causes of homelessness ... and why do some call it "a spiritual failing of our country"? Our guests are Rick Klun, executive director of Center City Housing; Bob Grytdal, Duluth's Human Rights Officer and Lee Stuart, executive director of CHUM (Churches United in Ministry).