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Regionally Speaking: Grace Beyond Borders

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Grace Beyond Borders

What's the best way to address the unhoused population in Northwest Indiana? There is a common but misguided view that homelessness is simply the result of bad choices. But data as well as the testimony of people with the lived experience of homelessness confirm that homelessness happens when housing markets are so tight that people cannot stay in their homes or secure a new home when they need to. Additionally, inadequate social safety nets and difficulty accessing social services compound the problem. With the right services and supports — including stable housing — people can and do leave homelessness behind and secure better futures for themselves and their families. Lakeshore Public Radio's Dee Dotson speaks to Marcus Martin is the founder and executive director of Grace Beyond Borders, NWI Inc. one of the people behind a local organization that works to fight homelessness in the Region.

The Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA) and partner agencies across the state are seeking volunteers to conduct a one-night count of the homeless population. Volunteers are needed in every county on January 25, 2023 to help conduct the count. Those interested in volunteering can register here. Upon registering, IHCDA's Homeless Management Information Systems team will connect those individuals, groups, or organizations interested in participating with their local PIT Coordinator(s).

As co-host and producer of Regionally Speaking, Dee is responsible for connecting with northwest Indiana community newsmakers to share their stories with the Lakeshore Public Radio listening audience. She believes in the power of storytelling to engage, teach and change lives. Prior to working at Lakeshore Public Radio, Dee enjoyed giving her time, talent, and resources to various community organizations. Dee believes in servant leadership. Her favorite quote is "Leadership is service not position." by Tim Fargo.