Homelessness Marathon blog

... ending homelessness isn't a matter of charity, but a matter of changing the way our society is structured. -- Homelessness Marathon founder, Jeremy Weir Alderson, aka Nobody.

Friday, September 21, 2007

What the blog Really Ought to Be?

Toward the end of a recent podcast during which Jeremy Alderson was interviewed by Kevin Barbieux (The Homeless Guy), which is featured on The Homeless Guy Podcast site (here), Jeremy mentioned that he would like to know the thoughts of people concerning what the Homelessness Marathon blog really ought to be.

Feel free to leave such thoughts within the comment section of this particular post.

The Homeless Guy Podcast: Jeremy Alderson

Check out Kevin Barbieux's (The Homeless Guy) Podcast featuring guest Jeremy Alderson, here.

In addition, read Kevin's blog post about it, here.

Monday, May 21, 2007

North American Homeless News Network (NAHNN) is Back!

[cross-posted from Norsehorse's Home Turf, here]

The North American Homeless News Network (NAHNN) is back!: nahnn.blogspot.com

The North American Homeless News Network (NAHNN) is an effort to provide notice of news items, columns and other information available online concerning homelessness and related matters in a central location.

Featured on NAHNN as well will be a selection of original articles, columns, essays and poetry written by people who are homeless or formerly homeless.

NAHNN has no paid staff.

While I cannot promise how frequently I will be able to post to this particular blog, after a rather lengthy hiatus of three and a half (3 1/2) years or so, I figured it was time to bring NAHNN back again.

[above earth/globe graphic via Not In Our Name Earth/Globe Graphics page, here]

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Democratic Presidential Candidates Invited to Historic Debate

Press Release (excerpted):

For immediate release

Contact: Jeremy Weir Alderson, [--snip, snip--]


The Homelessness Marathon, America's only national broadcast focusing on homelessness and poverty, has invited the Democratic presidential candidates to participate in a debate unlike any other in American history: The sole topic will be the candidates' plans for ending poverty, and all of the questions will be asked by homeless people.

This debate will take place in San Francisco, starting at 5 p.m., PST, on Wednesday, January 30, 2008.

The debate will be incorporated into the next edition of the Homelessness Marathon, an annual, 14-hour-long live radio broadcast that this year aired on 120 stations coast-to-coast. Free Speech Television, which reaches, potentially, 25 million homes, will televise this event live. And the debate will be supported by a coalition that so far includes:

- KBOO - San Francisco's "Poor People's Radio"
- Poor Magazine
- Dollars and Sense Magazine
- Progressive Democrats of America
- San Francisco Bay View ("National Black Newspaper")
- San Francisco Coalition on Homelessness
- Western Regional Advocacy Project

"We're relatively small organizations," comments the Homelessness Marathon's founder, Jeremy Weir Alderson, "but we stand for something big, and that's that the people, themselves, have a place in this process. We'll have questions asked by all kinds of homeless citizens, whether they're vets, former foster kids, migrant farm laborers, mothers, minimum wage workers or disabled people whose disability checks aren't big enough to get them housing."

"Everyone knows," Alderson adds, "that the candidates spend a lot of time courting the rich, but will they turn out for the poor? We're betting that they will."

-- 30 --

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Down But Not Out

Read a lengthy, detailed report concerning certain aspects of some of the lives and experiences of those who face living unhoused (aka homeless) in Burlington, Vermont, here [via Vermont Cynic - weekly student newspaper for the University of Vermont (Tuesday, February 20, 2007)].

fyi: Committee on Temporary Shelter (COTS)

Ducky Doolittle's Talking Points

Ducky Doolittle was one of the co-hosts during the 2:00 AM [EST) long program talking from experience about: Why Do So Many Foster Kids Wind Up On The Streets?

[...] Co-Hosts: Ducky Doolittle, a rape crisis counselor and sex educator who became a street prostitute when she first got our of foster care, and Richard Wexler, director of the National Coalition for Child Protection Reform and author of "Wounded Innocents: The Real Victims of the War Against Child Abuse," and Jennifer Rowan, a formerly homeless former foster kid now the Fresno County Youth Advocate.

[via Homelessness Marathon 2007 Schedule]

Ducky blogged up their talking points used while on-air during the hour of discussion concerning the link between foster care systems and homelessness (excerpted):


Fostercare is the
fast track to homelessness

-very high rates of homelessness
-don’t have enough food to eat
-don't go on to college
-only 46% have a high school diploma
-have mental health problems
-have very unstable living arrangements
-face eviction
-move around a lot
-involved with the criminal justice authorities. (arrested or incarcerated)
-often victimized physically or sexually

Money management
employment support
educational support (college entry)
Health care
cooking, nutrition
ResourcesRole Models

PBS program Age Out
Nationwide, an estimated 30,000 adolescents age out of the foster care system each year. According to the Child Welfare League of America, 12-36 percent become homeless, 56 percent are unemployed, 27 percent of male children end up in jail. (Nearly 11,000 kids a year go homeless.)

Charlotte Observer
Reports 1 in 8 go homeless in North Carolina.

Approximately 2,000 youth age out of foster care each year in Minnesota. (More than 500 kids a year go homeless.)

These are just the kids they can track.
Kids slip through the cracks. Disappear. Move.

For example, in MN cases were closed on 261 youth who were runaways from placement and 189 youth listed as "missing data."

-Mentor older kids and help them make and independent living plans
-Take in older foster kids. Keep them for their lifetime as family.
-Create a resource list for homeless kids in your neighborhood with a list of drop in centers, clinics, soup kitchens, food pantries... you can get some resources here: Cwla.org. Copy it and keep copies in your wallet to give homeless people who are about 24 and under. Create on for adults as well.

On the streets. I lived it.

[via Ducky DooLittle (excerpted), here (If the kids were united, we could never be divided!: Wednesday, February 21, 2007)]

In the News: Homeless find platform on radio ...

Fresno chosen for annual show to call attention to city sweeps, here [via The Fresno Bee; Wednesday, February 21, 2007 (includes photos)].

Last Hour, Waning Minutes

Photo via the Homelessness Marathon Tabernacle of Truth live WebcamNobody (Jeremy Weir Alderson) grills President Bush's Homelessness Czar, Phil Mangano, Director of the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness concerning the Bush Record On Homelessness.

[photo via the Homelessness Marathon Tabernacle of Truth live Webcam]

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

10th Annual Homelessness Marathon National Radio Broadcast: Airs Tonight (2/20th) @ 7pm Until Tomorrow (2/21st) @ 9am [EST]

Call in, starting from 7:00 PM [EST] tonight
(Tuesday, Feb. 20th)
until 9:00 AM
[EST] tomorrow morning
(Wednesday, Feb. 21st):


If you are homeless: 1-866-LEFTOUT

Email your questions:

For additional information, including where to access the broadcast via online streaming, visit the Annual Homelessness Marathon Website.

Open Thread

As the description of this blog indicates, [t]his blog has been set up for the Annual Homelessness Marathon for people to use to discuss what they hear during the broadcast, [...]. Let us hear from you.

Please feel free to use the comment feature of this particular post thread to post your comments concerning matters you have heard discussed during the 10th Annual Homelessness Marathon broadcast in order to share your own thoughts and insights about such with anyone who may visit the blog.

In the News: Fresno's homeless


Recent discussion about Fresno's homeless has been fueled, in part, by criticism heaped on the city by a federal judge and some national advocates, including one who is coming to town Tuesday to broadcast a national radio show.


A national advocate says he decided to air a radio broadcast in Fresno after hearing about a number of the city's controversial tactics, including penalizing shopping-cart thieves, throwing away possessions during encampment raids and fencing off places where the city's destitute gather.

Jeremy Weir Alderson, a broadcaster from New York state, says he will interview some of Fresno's homeless and several local advocates during a 14-hour radio show scheduled to begin Tuesday afternoon.

Alderson airs his show from a different city each year and targets places that have made national headlines for their handling of the homeless. His 10th annual Homelessness Marathon will begin at 4 p.m. and be carried locally on KFCF 88.1 FM.

Fresno First Mexican Baptist Church will host the show, which will be made available to Pacifica Radio Network, allowing stations throughout the country to broadcast it.


Read the entire article, here [via The Fresno Bee; Monday, February 19, 2007 (includes photos as well as blog post type of commenting featuring available at bottom of page)].

Thursday, February 15, 2007

"Homeless, not hopeless"

Article published with the Thursday (February 15, 2006) edition of the Burlington Free Press (Burlington, Vermont), here [online edition of article includes photo].

fyi: Committee on Temporary Shelter (COTS)

Broadcast Schedule & Stations Airing List Posted

The 10TH Annual Homelessness Marathon (2007) broadcast schedule has been posted, here and, the station list was also posted as well, here [Homelessness Marathon Website].

Friday, February 9, 2007

7th Annual Homelessness Marathon Video Excerpts

Part 1
(length: 10 minutes)

Part 2
(length: 6:46 minutes)

[via YouTube]

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Homelessness Marathon on MySpace

Visit the Homelessness Marathon site hosted on MySpace, here (includes videos).

Thursday, January 11, 2007

'Homeless Man Crusades Against Condo Conversions in Burlington' [Vermont]

Must-read article: A House Divided, here [via Seven Days; alternative weekly newspaper; Burlington, Vermont].

[cross-posted at Norsehorse's Home Turf]

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

'Homelessness Counts'

Cover: Homelessness Counts Report, January 10, 2007; via National Alliance to End Homelessness (NAEH) Website; click here to be redirected to NAEH report main pageStudy: Vermont nightly homeless figure estimated at nearly 1,000 (here):

A new national study released today put Vermont's daily homeless population at 927 in January 2005, a figure the Douglas administration says it is aggressively working to reduce.

The study, by the National Alliance to End Homelessness, determined that 744,313 people nationwide were homeless at the same time in early 2005, and that 44 percent of them were living in unsheltered situations. In Vermont, 24 percent were not living in shelters, the study found.


Read the article in full, here [via Burlington Free Press; 1/10/2007].

fyi: Homelessness Counts Report, January 10, 2007 [via National Alliance to End Homelessness (NAEH)].

[cross-posted from Norsehorse's Home Turf, here]