Tag Archives: homelessness

Rising Rents Affect Homelessness

The good news is that Spokane is growing. The bad news is that rising rates are becoming a burden, and the supply of available rentals can’t keep up. For those working their way out of homelessness, it gets worse. Not only is it more difficult to find affordable housing, but homelessness actual increases as rental rates increase. According to a study conducted by the Washington State Department of Commerce, a $100 increase in rental rates in an urban area like Spokane results in a 6% rise in homelessness in that same area. 

Thursday’s Child

Podcast_Art3Welcome to the weekly podcast of “MY Brother’s Keeper,” inciting a conspiracy of kindness and good deeds. This podcast is your weekly opportunity to get informed and to join the conspiracy. We try to make certain that each podcast features information, lessons, insights and interviews concerning such issues as homelessness, hunger, and people in crisis. Our goal goes beyond talking about issues.  We want to combine practical solutions with personal encouragement and offer a challenge to our listeners to get personally involved. While our perspective is that of historic Evangelical Christian faith, and while much of our audience is Christian, the issues we discuss and the solutions we offer go far beyond the walls of any Church or religious organization. We hope you will listen, become part of the conversation, and join our growing conspiracy of kindness and good deeds.

“Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as you can.”  – John Wesley

This Week’s Program Notes For “Thursday’s Child”

On this week’s program I Interview Mark Terrell, Director of Cup of Cool Water, an outreach ministry which focuses on homeless tees on the streets of Spokane.

Program Opening: “According to the 2013 Annual Homeless Assessment Report To Congress (known as the AHAR Report), on a single night in January of 2013 there were roughly 200,000 homeless children and youth in America. That’s kids age 24 and under, or roughly one-third of all homeless people on that night in America. Roughly 47,000 of those were classified as “unaccompanied” by an adult or being part of a homeless family, and half of those (or some 23,000) were classified as “unsheltered” – not living in an identifiable home or homeless shelter. According to the AHAR Report  there were 1,167 unaccompanied homeless youth in the State of Washington on this one night in January of 2013 when this study was done. And yet, as you will hear on the upcoming interview, my guest and I believe there may be as many as 3,000 unaccompanied homeless Youth in Spokane County, suggesting that official surveys continue to undercount and ultimately  underestimate the problem.” 

 Cup of Cool Water Website

Cup of Cool Water Facebook Page 

Next Week’s Program

On next week’s program/podcast I will be interviewing Kristine Ruggles, Executive Director of Christ Clinic and Christ Kitchen, two outreaches to the working poor and women emerging from poverty in Spokane. Be sure to join us!

Who Am I?

Podcast_Art3Welcome to the weekly podcast of “MY Brother’s Keeper,” inciting a conspiracy of kindness and good deeds. This podcast is your weekly opportunity to get informed and to join the conspiracy. We try to make certain that each podcast features information, lessons, insights and interviews concerning such issues as homelessness, hunger, and people in crisis. Our goal goes beyond talking about issues.  We want to combine practical solutions with personal encouragement and offer a challenge to our listeners to get personally involved. While our perspective is that of historic Evangelical Christian faith, and while much of our audience is Christian, the issues we discuss and the solutions we offer go far beyond the walls of any Church or religious organization. We hope you will listen, become part of the conversation, and join our growing conspiracy of kindness and good deeds.

“Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as you can.”  – John Wesley

This Week’s Program Notes For “Who Am I?”

On this week’s program I Interview Michael Dippy, Executive Director of IDignity, based in Orlando, Florida, “Restoring Dignity and Hope By Providing Identification.”

Program Opening: “Let me ask you a question. Do you know who you are? And can you prove it?  For thousands of homeless people all across our country, and right here in Spokane, proving who they are is nearly impossible. My guess would be that most of us have never had a problem proving who we are. In fact, you and I probably have multiple forms of legal identification: a certified copy of your birth certificate; a Social Security Card; a State Driver’s License; even a U.S. Passport. I’ve got all four of those and many of you do, too. We can easily prove to anyone who needs to know exactly who we are: Banks and financial institutions, schools, employers, government agencies. But for just a moment imagine trying to do normal everyday things without any ID.”

Michael Dippy's Head-shot

Michael Dippy, Executive Director IDignity

 


IDignity Website

IDignity Facebook Page 

 

 

 

 

Next Week’s Program

On next week’s program/podcast I will be interviewing Mark Terrell, Director of Cup of Cool Water as we discuss the status of homeless teens on the streets of Spokane. Be sure to join us!