[Hpn] The goal of the Annual Homeless Marathon Radio Broadcast is to raise awareness of the homeless problem across the nation

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Thursday, February 21, 2008
  a..   By Gene Haagenson
2/21/08 (KFSN) -- A radio program that prompted the City of Fresno to =
improve their treatment of the homeless is back on the air.=20

The Homeless Marathon is being carried by the KFCF Radio Station, and =
supporters hope it will once again raise awareness of the growing =
homeless problem. Last year, the show focused on Fresno's homeless =
problem, and seemed to prompt the city to act. But critics say the city =
and county are still not doing enough.=20

We're at the studios of KFCF Radio Station. They're carrying the =
Homeless Marathon broadcast. Last year, the show focused on Fresno's =
homeless problem, and seemed to prompt the city to act. But critics say =
the city and county are still not doing enough.=20

Help for Fresno's homeless comes in ways big and small. Jasmine White =
took it upon herself to set up a spaghetti feed for the folks on G =
Street. "I mean, I eat every day and these people are probably looking =
for their next meal," said White, "So you made up a big pot of =
spaghetti, and uh huh, and it probably cost me about ten bucks."=20


=20
This modest dinner was served across the street from one of the city's =
most expensive homeless projects. The Village of Hope consists of 44 =
wooden sheds. No plumbing, no electricity. The city spends nearly =
$400-thousand dollars a year to house people this way.=20

For Gordon Nelson and the other 80 or so residents, living here, it's =
better than being on the street. "It's all good. It's money well spent, =
I think."=20

Homeless advocate Mike Rhodes doesn't agree. "$360-thousand dollars for =
tool sheds, that's ridiculous. You or I couldn't put a tool shed in our =
back yard and put our mother-in-law in it. That would be elder abuse."=20

The City put up the sheds after a radio program came to town one year =
ago and told the nation how the City of Fresno took care of its homeless =
with bulldozers. The city has changed its policies and is working slowly =
toward a better solution. But the sheds, and these portable toilets at a =
homeless camp which cost the city $13,000 dollars a month, are the only =
obvious signs of progress.=20

"There's hundreds of people living on the streets every night that don't =
have adequate shelter; we can do better," said Rhodes.=20

Congressman Jim Costa agrees. He's working to get the City and County of =
Fresno to come together. "If you bring resources together you can solve =
problems in a much more effective and efficient fashion, and that's what =
I think we've been lacking here," said Costa.=20

But a comprehensive ten-year plan to deal with the homeless problem in =
the city and county is expected to be ready on June first. The plan is =
designed to help get more federal money into the region. The Homeless =
Marathon Radio Show that first broadcast Fresno's homeless problem is =
back on the air. Live this year from Nashville. The hope is folks here =
are still listening.=20

The goal of the Annual Homeless Marathon Radio Broadcast is to raise =
awareness of the homeless problem across the nation. In Fresno, the =
number of homeless living in tents and under bridges is many times =
higher than those living in the cities shed shanties.










New Hampshire Homeless
Founded 11-28-99
25 Granite Street
Northfield,N.H. 03276-1640 USA
Advocates,activists for disabled,displaced human rights.
1-603-286-2492
http://www.missingkids.com
http://www.nationalhomeless.org
http://www.newhampshirehomeless.org
newhampshirehomeless-subscribe@topica.com

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county are=20
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<P>Help for Fresno's homeless comes in ways big and small. Jasmine White =
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<P>For Gordon Nelson and the other 80 or so residents, living here, it's =
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think." </P>
<P>Homeless advocate Mike Rhodes doesn't agree. "$360-thousand dollars =
for tool=20
sheds, that's ridiculous. You or I couldn't put a tool shed in our back =
yard and=20
put our mother-in-law in it. That would be elder abuse." </P>
<P>The City put up the sheds after a radio program came to town one year =
ago and=20
told the nation how the City of Fresno took care of its homeless with=20
bulldozers. The city has changed its policies and is working slowly =
toward a=20
better solution. But the sheds, and these portable toilets at a homeless =
camp=20
which cost the city $13,000 dollars a month, are the only obvious signs =
of=20
progress. </P>
<P>"There's hundreds of people living on the streets every night that =
don't have=20
adequate shelter; we can do better," said Rhodes. </P>
<P>Congressman Jim Costa agrees. He's working to get the City and County =
of=20
Fresno to come together. "If you bring resources together you can solve =
problems=20
in a much more effective and efficient fashion, and that's what I think =
we've=20
been lacking here," said Costa. </P>
<P>But a comprehensive ten-year plan to deal with the homeless problem =
in the=20
city and county is expected to be ready on June first. The plan is =
designed to=20
help get more federal money into the region. The Homeless Marathon Radio =
Show=20
that first broadcast Fresno's homeless problem is back on the air. Live =
this=20
year from Nashville. The hope is folks here are still listening. </P>
<P>The goal of the Annual Homeless Marathon Radio Broadcast is to raise=20
awareness of the homeless problem across the nation. In Fresno, the =
number of=20
homeless living in tents and under bridges is many times higher than =
those=20
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