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WITF to broadcast local homelessness forum

Written by Chris Anderson | Feb 24, 2011 1:13 AM

WITF explores the changing face of Central PA’s homeless

Harrisburg, PA—WITF, public media center and valued source of trusted information and quality entertainment in Central PA, delves into Central Pennsylvania’s growing homeless population during this month’s Real Life | Real Issues multi-media series. WITF will broadcast its recent forum, “One Step Away: A Community Forum on Homelessness,” on Tuesday, March 1 at 8pm on WITF-TV. The forum was held on February 16 at WITF, and included panelists Pat LaMarche, vice president of Carlisle Safe Harbour—Cumberland County’s largest homeless shelter; Phil Wenger, president of Issac’s Restaurant and Deli and co-chair of Lancaster County Coalition to End Homelessness; Chuck Wingate, executive director of Bethesda Mission; and Tina Nixon, ceo of YWCA of Harrisburg and member of the Capital Area Coalition on Homelessness.

All this month, WITF's Real Life | Real Issues series will report on homelessness in the midstate—from how someone ends up on the street to why there's no single organization in the region to coordinate assistance efforts. WITF News Director Tim Lambert, will report on how rural areas, like Perry County, are dealing with the problem of homelessness and how budget cuts on the state and federal levels have impacted regional service providers that assist the homeless. He spoke with two housing advocates in Perry County, as well as one elderly woman who’s considered homeless. “Advocates say the face of homelessness is changing. They’re finding the economic downturn, rising home foreclosures and high unemployment have forced more and more people into the streets,” said Lambert. Lambert’s story will air on Thursday, February 24 on WITF-FM 89.5 and 93.3 in Chambersburg during Morning Edition and All Things Considered, and will also be available at

WITF’s Central PA magazine staff kicked off the Real Life | Real Issues series with a look at the elderly who are homeless in the article “A Safe Warm Place” in the February issue.

Real Life | Real Issues is spearheaded by Tim Lambert, with a goal to reveal the many sides to a story through WITF’s various media. Real Life | Real Issues topics will include headline stories that impact the region. If you have a topic to be considered for Real Life | Real Issues, contact Tim Lambert directly at Tim_Lambert@witf.orgThis e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . For more information on Real Life | Real Issues, please visit

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