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5-5 6:45am Tommy, homelessness

May 5, 2014|

Tommy talks to Martha Kegel, the Executive Director of Unity of Greater New Orleans, about a recent drop in the number of homeless people in New Orleans

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Automatically Generated Transcript (may not be 100% accurate)

And Martha Siegel joins us right now executive director of unity. Of greater new loans new studies -- routes and homelessness. In Orleans and Jefferson Parish down 15% but when you look at some of the younger. Ages it's actually up. Martha keep a good morning -- -- -- good com. I guess we should start here with that with the situation if I guess whenever it comes accounting homeless people because of of the nature of the lifestyle announcing that the jars of -- at all but it did not everybody goes the same place is not like and again I'm not making fun it is insane and nobody has in the -- go to and serving people right. Well that the massive effort actually that we do every year without government partners there's federal state and local government in popular. As well as sixty different organizations and about 200 volunteers on capitol steps and and it's a massive effort. We blanket. New Orleans and Jefferson can't actually go out is that at nighttime to count people who are sleeping on the street. We do. -- in the sample survey has settled in abandoned buildings and then he. -- -- -- management information system actually to tally the characteristics and the numbers of people staying in homeless residential programs to the senate. Pretty comprehensive effort. Marks that tell you what it. I want people to have concentrate on what you're saying and be able to focus and we are on a terrible phone lines were reduced take a second. And call you right back Martha K eagle rejoins us right now hopefully on a better phone line. And -- are you talking about the big challenges when it comes stick to counting people and how methodical it is. And when you -- it will always say homelessness is down 15%. Overall. He knew when it comes to the younger end of the people it seems to be up slightly. Yeah that's kind of -- in the data we noticed should get decrypt it every group -- -- -- and tracked in the book. Ford after Katrina that they actually 83 -- Down in 2007. But the one very troubling thing that would stop was at. Among people eighteen to 24 that number are actually out. And we're not sure all the reasons for that Spector -- one recent years. -- demographic reason of that population. Vote on homeless and I'm just getting larger are demographically but in addition to that. Don't let it. I'm confused as the overall numbers down 15%. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Number number number. I catch it would only take a break here for traffic when we come back. How to find out why you think that is and when it comes to a 15% decrease overall. Do people move on today. Find jobs and they get back on their feet and the other question is when it comes on homelessness I think a lot of people tend to think it's as simple as get a job but it's not in how close. Really when you think about it a lot of bizarre to being -- 649 coming back in a flash right now the time for WWL traffic and I Tommy Tucker had a conversation with -- -- -- executive director of the unity of greater new loans by -- homeless people and we talked Austin ban on in a minute Martha about. A bill we thought it was about panhandling to come to find out more about prostitution bit. You know and and when it comes to -- people is standing on neutral ground asking for money will work for food I think. A lot of us tended presume that those are homeless people but is that. Is that wrong presumption matters any as any that ever been studied. Actually in the study and Clinton that it showed that only about that are actually. Administered you'd be home. And perhaps stay learn to do that there. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- While -- -- tell me when it comes to. The younger end here eighteen and 24 the number of homeless. People increasingly who did any thoughts on why that is. Well patented by the let that at that -- went there last year so. We're going to be delving into that deeply trying to figure out why on the one -- it's true that even among non homeless people that demographic is growing. Count and then the group to kind of it is very difficult ball park. -- sub population to probably among the most difficult to count. But the other thing that we're thinking about is. For those people who are. -- -- -- In a pretty vulnerable age group when Katrina hit and we look at impact on that they were from nine years of age. Then on the other hand goes -- not from the war on. They privately are. Victim of weak economy that was in place when they graduate high books are there are a lot of different things are barely eke out here. And you know you know you always wonder is -- a choice -- nine where it is mental illness factor in this I know you know you mentioned Katrina and if they can't get a job and would that be a choice we choose not it was mum and dad has commented Thomas times ago -- again you're just guessing at this point. Well I don't mean that in the bad way I mean because it literally study. Right I mean there there's a group that -- when used. And many of them aren't mentally ill and and others. I think when you look -- -- population overall. For the most part it's it's not actually hit it to tracking it happened on. Most people were all of course served here for. Thirty of the population while it's below the poverty line in nationwide. And -- The poverty population all in a look in any given year. And from people -- support them out after he gave few weeks maybe if you month. Maybe eight at UT Martin to shelter for awhile but for others it becomes a long term problem. And that's usually because it underlines disability or they developed the ability -- out there and that population. You're you're probably need to -- case management and -- substance to really pull them out. Cent of the population. The long -- let people is chronically homeless which means that -- -- -- for -- -- I'm them pretend. Comfort one. And they have a serious mental or physical ability and reached there -- focused. A lot of our resources on the population because. At the population that you know they're not going to be able to get home and abroad so. -- I appreciate your time I really do Martha K --

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