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Release: Dec. 10, 1999

WSUI-AM 910 to air weekend program on local homelessness, housing problems

IOWA CITY, Iowa — WSUI-AM 910 this weekend will broadcast a special program on the problems of housing and homelessness in the Iowa City community. The program features a panel of University of Iowa faculty and Iowa City civic and community members who have studied and work on such issues.

The program will be aired at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11 on WSUI-AM 910, and again at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 12 on KSUI-FM 91.7. The program is a part of the station's UI Radio Forum series, "Law at Iowa."

Joining UI law professor Lois Cox and Heather Macdonald, associate professor of urban and regional development, will be Karen Kubby, former Iowa City Council member and executive director of the Emma Goldman Clinic; Maggie Grovner, housing administrator for the City of Iowa City; and Nancy Stensvaag, executive director of the local affiliate of Habitat for Humanity.

A recent study based on U.S. Census Bureau statistics and analyzed by 12 public and private agencies found that shelters are visited by a cross-section of the population, including people temporarily out of work. The last statewide count conducted in 1997 showed Iowa's homeless population was 4,983 during a one-month period. Still other findings showed 55 percent of Iowa's homeless were children and youth younger than 18 years old; 70 percent were white and lived in the state's largest eight metropolitan counties.