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Katrina Uncovers: Poverty in a Land of Plenty


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Homeless Family Source: Operation Care Kentucky

Homeless Family Source: Operation Care Kentucky

Making Contact takes a look at poverty in the United States. We explore homelessness, economic injustice, and a dwindling federal safety net that has left millions of Americans in dire straits. For many people, Hurricane Katrina was a wakeup call to a long-standing problem: why is there so much poverty in a land of plenty?


Madelyn Goodwin and Carolyn McClendon, Mothers for Justice; John DeStefano, mayor of New Haven, Connecticut; Doug Hall, Connecticut Voices for Children; Bill Villano, Regional Workforce Development Board; Ed Mattison, New Haven Board of Aldermen; Alison Cunningham, Columbus House; Sheila Allen Bell, New Haven Community Services; Shirley Jones and Carolyn Bauman, New Orleans residents; Karen Mason, New Orleans social worker; Russell Henderson, professor at Dillard University; Curtis Muhammad, People’s Hurricane Relief Fund; Kalamu Yasalam, New Orleans writer and educator; Karen Olson-Mason and Kelly Delgado, Hurricane Katrina evacuees; Theresa Higgins Brown, Yesler Terrace resident; Tom Tierney, Seattle Housing Authority; John Fox, Seattle Displacement Coalition; Yolanda Singay, Community Coalition for Environmental Justice; Tom, former business owner and family man who is now widowed and homeless.

This week’s host/producer: Tena Rubio.
Contributing producers: Christian Roselund, Martha Baskin, Melinda Tuhus.

For more information:

Common Ground – New Orleans, LA

People’s Hurricane Relief Fund – New Orleans, LA

Emergency Communities – Brooklyn, NY

Habitat for Humanity
Partner Service Center–Habitat for Humanity International
121 Habitat St.
Americus, GA 31709-3498

Seattle Displacement Coalition – Seattle, WA

Seattle Housing Authority – Seattle, WA

Community Coalition for Environmental Justice – Seattle, WA

Plymouth Housing Group – Seattle, WA

National Alliance to End Homelessness – Washington, D.C.

Author: Radio Project

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