20th Anniversary of the Homelessness Marathon

May 31, 2018 - 309 views

Homelessness; A National Broadcast Dialogue

Although the United States is the wealthiest country in the world there are portions of their population that are experiencing extreme poverty and homelessness. The portion of Americans classified as “in poverty” is the largest compared to any other developed country. Politicians dedicate more attention to the middle class, oftentimes, silencing the concerns of the poor. One radio program is helping to provide a voice for the voiceless.

In the 1960s, President Lyndon B. Johnson waged an “unconditional war” on poverty, proposed legislation to decrease the national poverty rate (19% at the time). As of today, however, the Democratic party rarely speaks about anyone below the middle class.

The Homelessness Marathon is an extended, radio broadcast that occurs in community radio focusing on homelessness and extreme poverty in the United States. Program representatives will broadcast conversations from the streets featuring the stories of the homeless as well as politicians, social service providers and experts on homelessness. The purpose of the broadcast is to create a national dialogue where people are speaking about poverty and directing the conversation in a meaningful way.

Over its history, the Homelessness Marathon has spoken to social workers from other countries to understand how homelessness is handled abroad. Finland developed the Finnish Housing First approach, an initiative to provide permanent housing for the most vulnerable people in the country. From 1987 to 2016, the amount of homeless people decreased from nearly 19,000 to less than 7,000 and there are almost no rough sleepers.

Cerebral Radio/CBRTalk will air the The 20th Anniversary of the Homelessness Marathon in June 2018.

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