Regionally Speaking, Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Sep 19, 2017

The closure of the West Calumet Housing Complex, its old sign seen here at a local block party in July, left a big hole in East Chicago's affordable housing stock that state officials now hope to help fill.
Credit IPB file photo - Annie Ropeik

Today:  Indiana Public Broadcastng's Annie Ropeik reports on a new state credit program called "Moving Forward," that will be able to help the city of East Chicago and other local agencies assist residents who've been affected by the lead contamination -- by giving them a chance to live in contamination-free housing.

We talk with childhood cancer survivor Ryan Darby and Zafar Brooks, the executive director of the non-profit Hynundai Hope on Wheel Foundation, which is giving two grants to Chicago-area childrens' hospitals.  This is national Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

In the studio: Gary students D'arnaz Gaston of West Side Leadership Academy and Jakerr Ellis of New Tech Innovative Institute talk about their participation in a public service announcement that will be shown at AMC Theatres in Merrillville beginning this Friday.  The subject: the dangers of opioid abuse and why no one should ever take other peoples' prescription medicines.  They're joined by Jena Belleza, a board member of the Lake County Substance Abuse Council -- the organization that's sponsoring this special message produced and directed by nationally-known filmmaker Mark Spencer.  The video will also be posted on YouTube.