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Statistically, most people are closer to being homeless than they are to being millionaires. The longer someone is on the streets, the harder it is to escape -- there are too many barriers. There are dozens of nonprofits that provide services to the homeless, but they're a bandage on a gunshot wound. In order to truly solve homelessness, people need to work to remove the institutional barriers that keep people homeless.

Statistically, most people are closer to being homeless than they are to being millionaires. The longer someone is on the streets, the harder it is to escape -- there are too many barriers. There are dozens of nonprofits that provide services to the homeless, but they're a bandage on a gunshot wound. In order to truly solve homelessness, people need to work to remove the institutional barriers that keep people homeless.

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United States

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Statistically, most people are closer to being homeless than they are to being millionaires. The longer someone is on the streets, the harder it is to escape -- there are too many barriers. There are dozens of nonprofits that provide services to the homeless, but they're a bandage on a gunshot wound. In order to truly solve homelessness, people need to work to remove the institutional barriers that keep people homeless.

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@heararizona

Language:

English


Episodes

Episode 6: Sentenced

10/2/2020
Sentences for misdemeanor crimes typically include fines and probation. While it's easy to say those sentences aren't harsh, for the poorest people in Arizona, the effects of these penalties often far outweigh the seriousness of their crimes. For the large number of Americans who are one unexpected expense away from losing everything, a fine or probation could be what makes them homeless. Support the show:...

Duration:00:23:06

Episode 5: Assembly Line Justice

8/3/2020
It's not a crime to be homeless. But survival for unsheltered people sometimes means standing or sleeping in odd places, fighting to maintain space or belongings, and escaping the situation through drugs, all of which often lead to misdemeanor charges. Those who are arrested for low-level offenses like trespassing, disorderly conduct, or simple possession face a justice system where cases are disposed of in minutes, without access to legal counsel, and with lasting impacts on their ability...

Duration:00:21:36

Episode 4: New Normal

6/15/2020
The post-pandemic world will be a lot different from the pre-pandemic world. At this moment, nobody really knows what the next week will look like - let alone the next year. That uncertainty raises several challenges and questions for the organizations that serve unsheltered Arizonans. Support the show: https://secure.kjzz.org/alleg/WebModule/Donate.aspx?P=ZHEARAZ&PAGETYPE=PLG&CHECK=W1alwZiIWu1G791DoDhWGuzWDeZ%2BeA1M See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:18:29

Episode 3: Improvise: Homeless During Crisis

5/8/2020
It's safe to argue that the COVID-19 pandemic is a disaster. And the way we prepare for, respond to and discuss disasters in the United States often excludes the homeless and poor - to their detriment. From emergency shelter to relief and recovery, disaster response isn't designed to include the homeless. Support the show: https://secure.kjzz.org/alleg/WebModule/Donate.aspx?P=ZHEARAZ&PAGETYPE=PLG&CHECK=W1alwZiIWu1G791DoDhWGuzWDeZ%2BeA1M See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:17:07

Episode 2: Illness & Incarceration

3/4/2020
Once someone ends up homeless, systematic and legal barriers make it exceedingly difficult to escape. A majority of homeless people find themselves involved with law enforcement, and managing a chronic medical condition is complicated by the realities of life on the streets. With a criminal record or a chronic illness, finding stable housing becomes nearly impossible. Support the show:...

Duration:00:19:20

Episode 1: Street Living

2/6/2020
As volunteers hit the streets to count the numbers of unsheltered homeless in Maricopa County, Unsheltered will delve into why Phoenix has such a problem, what can be done about it, and why it's so hard to fix. Support the show: https://secure.kjzz.org/alleg/WebModule/Donate.aspx?P=ZHEARAZ&PAGETYPE=PLG&CHECK=W1alwZiIWu1G791DoDhWGuzWDeZ%2BeA1M See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:18:30