CONTACT: MELVIN O. SHAW
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0010; fax (319) 384-0024
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.