homelessness http://kcur.org en Kansas City Ordinance On Food For Homeless Fails http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-ordinance-food-homeless-fails <p style="margin-bottom: 0in">Kansas City's city council turned down an ordinance regulating the distribution of food to the homeless Thursday after it was opposed by social services organizations, including the Salvation Army.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in">A frustrated Councilman Scott Wagner insisted throughout the debate that the ordinance he spent a year putting together was simply what it appeared to be on the surface – a matter of food safety and sanitation.</p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 11:32:29 +0000 Steve Bell 57256 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Ordinance On Food For Homeless Fails Homeless Advocates Question Kansas City 'Food Sharing Permit' Plan http://kcur.org/post/homeless-advocates-question-kansas-city-food-sharing-permit-plan <p style="margin-bottom: 0in">A number of organizations that help feed the homeless were heard but not heeded Wednesday as a city council committee revisited an ordinance requiring setting standards for charitable food sharing.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in">The plan would require all individuals and organizations providing food for the homeless to have a city food sharing permit, that all food preparation areas meet city standards. The organizations would be responsible for trash disposal and other sanitation matters.</p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 13:07:09 +0000 Steve Bell 57185 at http://kcur.org Johnson County Salvation Army Opens New Homeless Shelter http://kcur.org/post/johnson-county-salvation-army-opens-new-homeless-shelter <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Salvation Army of Johnson County has expanded and improved its facilities for the homeless. Their existing shelter is 60-years-old and does not meet the needs of the county, which is the fastest growing county in Kansas.</span></p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 14:15:03 +0000 Laura Ziegler 50812 at http://kcur.org Johnson County Salvation Army Opens New Homeless Shelter After Coming Into Money, Kansas City Panhandler Reflects On Big Changes http://kcur.org/post/after-coming-money-kansas-city-panhandler-reflects-big-changes <p>At the end of each year, lots of people look back and take stock. But no one has a 2013 story to tell quite like Billy Ray Harris.</p><p>Harris&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">went from panhandling on the Country Club Plaza in Kansas City, Mo., to being a national media sensation after he returned a lost engagement ring that was accidentally dropped in his panhandling cup. </span></p> Thu, 19 Dec 2013 15:39:16 +0000 Alex Smith 48566 at http://kcur.org After Coming Into Money, Kansas City Panhandler Reflects On Big Changes 90-Mile View: Kansas City Woman's Journey Through Homelessness http://kcur.org/post/90-mile-view-kansas-city-womans-journey-through-homelessness <p>When we first met Patricia (Trisha) Porsche, she was working her way out of homelessness for the second time. Back in February she was just several weeks into her residency at Freedom House, a transitional home for women run by the True Light Family Resource Center in Kansas City, Mo.</p><p></p><p></p><p>That residency is for only one year and for Trisha that year ends in December.&nbsp; She talks with Steve Kraske about how her job search led her to a very familiar place and where she will be in 2014.</p> Mon, 11 Nov 2013 17:55:33 +0000 Steve Kraske & Danie Alexander 46631 at http://kcur.org 90-Mile View: Kansas City Woman's Journey Through Homelessness Changing Lives, One Step At A Time http://kcur.org/post/changing-lives-one-step-time-0 <p>Exercise is generally supposed to make you feel better, but one running club effort is aiming a little bit higher.&nbsp;</p><p>In the second part of Thursday's <em><a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date">Up to Date</a></em>, we take a look at how <strong>Anne </strong><strong>Mahlum</strong>'s Back On My Feet running clubs for homeless people are changing the way we look at those who live on the street and how they see themselves.</p> Thu, 15 Aug 2013 15:56:18 +0000 Beth Lipoff & Steve Kraske 42020 at http://kcur.org Changing Lives, One Step At A Time 90-Mile View: Patricia Porsche http://kcur.org/post/90-mile-view-patricia-porsche-0 <p>The last time <strong>Patricia Porsche</strong> was with us we learned why she became <strong>homeless by choice</strong>.&nbsp; When we left off Trish had just worked her way back to being employed and out of a women's shelter.&nbsp; Today we hear the rest of her story. Wed, 20 Feb 2013 16:05:16 +0000 Danie Alexander & Steve Kraske 32255 at http://kcur.org 90-Mile View: Patricia Porsche 90-Mile View: Patricia Porsche http://kcur.org/post/90-mile-view-patricia-porsche <p>Being raised to be self-sufficient, gaining the rank of Sergeant during six years of military service and maintaining employment as an experienced office worker doesn't add up to <strong>homelessness</strong> for most of us.&nbsp; Before 2007 <strong>Patricia Porsche</strong> probably would have agreed with you. Wed, 06 Feb 2013 15:44:35 +0000 Danie Alexander & Steve Kraske 31544 at http://kcur.org 90-Mile View: Patricia Porsche Counting The Homeless Of Kansas City http://kcur.org/post/counting-homeless-kansas-city <p>Central Standard takes a close look at the most recent homeless count in Kansas City and explore the implications of these findings on these often overlooked residents of our communities. Tue, 05 Feb 2013 22:33:59 +0000 Brian Ellison, Matthew Long-Middleton & Claire McInerny 31456 at http://kcur.org Counting The Homeless Of Kansas City New Housing Helps Homeless Women http://kcur.org/post/new-housing-helps-homeless-women <p>A new transitional living program opened for women this fall, built almost entirely on small contributions and the work of volunteers.&nbsp; The Freedom House on 31<sup>st</sup> and Charlotte in midtown will provide a home for four homeless women who are trying to get their lives back together. &nbsp;KCUR&#39;s Susan B. Wilson paid a visit in early November, when the first residents moved in. For those two women, it was their first chance in a while to be a part of a real &ldquo;home.&quot;</p><p> Tue, 20 Dec 2011 17:16:29 +0000 Susan B. Wilson 9355 at http://kcur.org New Housing Helps Homeless Women Helping The Homeless One Ride At A Time http://kcur.org/post/helping-homeless-one-ride-time <p>More than 10,000 people are now homeless in the Kansas City area. Finding a way to get around to appointments or to shelters can mean the difference between breaking the cycle of homelessness and winding back up on the streets, in crisis. The challenge has added strain to area emergency rooms and the community at large. Kar Woo drives it between hospitals, domestic violence shelters, schools, bridges, treatment centers, and even jails, helping people who are homeless.</p> Wed, 07 Dec 2011 14:24:18 +0000 Elana Gordon 8499 at http://kcur.org Helping The Homeless One Ride At A Time Homeless' Burden Eased http://kcur.org/post/homeless-burden-eased <p class="legacy-audio-url"> <div class="audio-container"> <div id="jp-interface-53d0cf111e89a-" class="jp-interface"> <div id="post-audio-53d0cf111e89a-" class="jp-player" jp-instance="53d0cf111e89a-"></div> <div class="jp-controls column"> <div class="jp-progress"> <div class="jp-seek-bar"> <div class="jp-play-bar"></div> </div> </div><!-- end jp-progress --> </div><!-- end jp-controls --> <div class="playpause column"> <a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kcur/local-kcur-942724.mp3" class="jp-play">Listen</a> <a class="jp-pause"></a> </div><!-- playpause --> <div class="jp-time-holder column"> <div class="jp-custom-current-time"></div> <div class="jp-custom-duration"></div> </div><!-- jp-time-holder --> <div id="slider"></div> </div><!-- .jp-interface --> </div><!-- container --> </p> <p>Kansas City, Mo. – For years, Downtown Kansas City businesses hated the image of the throng of homeless walking the streets. It hurt attracting conventions. It kept away commerce. Until agencies got together to take daily needs of the desperate to the area where they spent their nights. KCUR's Dan Verbeck took a fresh look from Fifth and Grand, The River Market.</p> Thu, 30 Dec 2010 23:00:57 +0000 Dan Verbeck 7408 at http://kcur.org Homeless' Burden Eased