New York News
5:52 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Code Blue Program Will Return To Saratoga Springs

The Salvation Army in Saratoga Springs will partner with Code Blue Saratoga this season.
Credit Lucas Willard / WAMC

Heading into its second winter, the Code Blue program for homeless people in Saratoga Springs will be returning this month with a new community partner and location.

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Capital Region News
4:46 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Homeless Code Blue Program Begins New Season

Credit nevadahealthcenters.org

As the cold weather begins to move in, an Albany initiative is taking steps to ensure that homeless people have a warm place to stay this winter. 

The Homeless Code Blue Program begins November 15th: officials are seeking public support. Liz Hitt is Executive Director of the Homeless and Travelers Aid Society:   "Anytime the temperature drops to ten degrees or less, including the wind chill, we make sure that anyone living on the street has a safe and warm place to stay for the night."

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The Roundtable
10:35 am
Tue November 4, 2014

National Homelessness Awareness Month


  National Homelessness Awareness Month is held in November, the month of Thanksgiving. It is a time to think about what we are thankful for, and a time to share our compassion with our neighbors who are experiencing homelessness.

The St. Paul’s Center in Rensselaer is a shelter for women and their children who have no place to call home. The bad news is the shelter continues to be full all the time with moms and their kids who - only stay until they can find appropriate housing for them.

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Vox Pop
12:30 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Open Forum: Housing in America

  Hudson River Housing Executive Director Ed Murphy joins us in the studio for a discussion of housing issues in the region.

New England News
6:34 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Activists Mark 10-year Anniversary Of Tent City

Anti-poverty activists rally on the site where a tent city for the homeless sprang up on May 13, 2004.
Credit WAMC

Anti-poverty activists gathered in Springfield, Massachusetts today at the site where a tent city for the homeless sprang up 10 years ago.

About 50 people rallied on the lawn in front of St. Michael’s Cathedral -- the mother church of the Springfield Roman Catholic Diocese – in the city center where the homeless encampment dubbed “Sanctuary City” started on May 13, 2004.

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New England News
12:37 pm
Sun April 20, 2014

Hike In State Funding Sought For Homeless Services

William Miller, executive director of the Friends of the Homeless Shelter and Resource Center in Springfield, MA
Credit WAMC

A statewide coalition of 30 organizations that assist homeless individuals in Massachusetts is lobbying the state legislature for an increase in funding.  State funding for their programs has remained stagnant for more than a decade.    WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with William Miller, executive director of  Friends of the Homeless in Springfield.

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New England News
3:49 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Jobs Program For Homeless Families Hailed

Elected officials applaud participants in the Secure Jobs Connect program during a gathering at Holyoke Community College. Massachusetts Senate Majority Leader Stanley Rosenberg is at the podium
Credit WAMC

A pilot program in western Massachusetts to place homeless people in permanent jobs so that they can eventually leave shelters has far exceeded its first- year goal. The state’s top housing official announced funding will be available to attempt to replicate the program’s success in other regions of the state.

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New York News
12:13 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Community Leaders Seeking Code Blue Program For Saratoga Springs

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Community leaders in Saratoga Springs are seeking to establish a Code Blue program, just days after a woman succumbed to the elements outside the Saratoga Senior Center on a freezing night.

During the recent cold snap, 54-year-old Nancy Pitts died outside the Saratoga Senior Center. Now officials are working to prevent similar deaths in the future.

Mayor-elect Joanne Yepsen is leading the charge to establish a Code Blue program in Saratoga Springs. During a Code Blue alert, emergency shelters open their doors to anyone when the temperature dips below 10 degrees.

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New England News
5:40 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Massachusetts Official Says Progress Is Being Made In Moving Homeless Families From Motels

Credit WAMC

There has been a big drop in the number of homeless families staying in motels at taxpayer expense in Massachusetts.  The state’s top housing official is confident a goal can be met to completely end the controversial practice.

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New England News
5:50 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Pilot Program To Help Homeless Secure Jobs

A workforce development program for homeless families has been launched in western Massachusetts with the help of a major grant from a charitable foundation.  

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