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More than one million dollars in federal HUD money is up for grabs in Central New York to provide subsidized housing for vulnerable populations.  About $460,000 is available for short term and permanent housing with case management and other services. 

"Christmas from Dublin"

A holiday concert this weekend will include music from a range of cultures, while also touching one of Syracuse’s most pressing problems – poverty.  “Christmas from Dublin” will be performed in the Palace Theater this Saturday.  Organizer Live Space Entertainment is working with organizations that help the homeless and families in need. 

Syracuse and Onondaga County Partner on Effort to Employ the Homeless

Dec 10, 2018
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Syracuse and Onondaga County are teaming up on a joint effort to offer work experience to the community’s homeless population.  The pilot program “Hire Ground Workforce Development” is aimed at the estimated 40 panhandlers and others living outside. 

Central New Yorkers may hold the misperception that Veterans in poverty and homelessness have been well taken care of and it’s no longer an issue that needs to be addressed.  Part of our City Limits Project is a series we’re calling “On the Front Lines” to shed light on individuals and organizations dealing with the causes and effects of poverty. 

John Smith met with veterans who went through the process to get essential services and housing.  In this installment, you’ll learn more about one place in Central New York providing support and connecting them to the right programs.

City Limits- The Path to Homelessness

Jan 9, 2018

There can be a myriad of reasons that someone becomes homeless. But, what happens when youth have nowhere to live and what circumstances led up to it?  John Smith introduces us to two young people in that situation as part of the City Limits project.

If you like what you hear find more content from the project at CityLimitsProject.org . And subscribe in ITunes for automatic delivery of new episodes

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A recent count of those living outdoors in Onondaga County jumped to 22 people this year.  That’s up from 8 in January 2016.  Housing and Homeless Coalition Coordinator Melissa Marrone attributes the increase to more volunteers and milder weather.  Last week, 40 volunteers searched the streets and other places not designed for human habitation, including cars or 24-hour locations.

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Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner is getting behind a program she says could prevent families from becoming homeless.  A state proposal called The Home Stability Support program would provide a new rent supplement for those who are eligible for public assistance.  Miner says the program could expand upon the efforts of the city and county to keep families out of shelters and off the streets.

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Sometimes the best things come in small packages. That’s certainly what the Director of Tiny Homes For Good, Andrew Lunetta believes as a wall goes up on one of his miniature houses for homeless veterans.

Volunteers have broken ground on two 300 square-foot homes on Rose Avenue in Syracuse.

Lunetta said although tiny homes have become a fad across the country, his homes are not a publicity stunt and are truly cost effective solutions to homelessness in Syracuse.

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  The SEFCU credit union joined the holiday spirit handing out $50,000 to local charities.  Donations went to the Rescue Mission, Catholic Charities, Meals on Wheels the Samaritan Center and the Northeast Community Center and Food Bank of Central New York.  It was part of 250,000 donated to shelters and pantries statewide. 



  Homeless youth who are lesbian, gay or transgender are not finding a welcoming environment in Syracuse-area shelters.  That’s the finding of a study released Monday by professors in Syracuse University’s Falk College of Human Dynamics.