NET Shines Light on Homelessness in February

News Release Date: 
January 27, 2016

For Immediate Release

NET Shines Light on Homelessness in February
    
LINCOLN, Neb. (Jan. 27, 2016) – Having enough to eat. Living in a safe place. Sleeping in a warm bed. These are just a few things that most of us take for granted each day – but what happens when someone doesn’t have access to the necessities we consider to be so basic? During one of the coldest months of the year, NET is examining homelessness in Nebraska and the men, women and children – even entire families – who have no place to call home.

As part of the initiative, NET is producing “Homeless in Nebraska,” which includes a series of news reports and a television discussion program.

“Signature Stories” about issues related to homelessness will air on NET Radio every Tuesday in February (Feb. 2, 9, 16 & 23), and Tuesday, March 1 at 6:45 & 8:45 a.m., and 4:45 p.m. CT. Topics include: the role mental illness plays in homelessness; the situation in both rural and urban areas of the state; homelessness and legal issues; legislative efforts to ease the problem; and the challenges teachers and schools experience to educate homeless students.

Studies show that without proper support and access to life-changing programs and opportunities, children living in poverty may struggle their entire school careers, falling dangerously behind their more affluent peers. NET is producing “Educating the Homeless in Nebraska,” a television panel discussion focusing exclusively on education and homelessness.

“Educating the Homeless in Nebraska” premieres on NET Sunday, Feb. 7 at 1:30 p.m. CT, repeating Thursday, Feb. 11 at 7:30 p.m. CT. It will also air on NET Radio Thursday, Feb. 11 at 6:30 p.m. CT.

Guests on “Educating the Homeless in Nebraska” include: State Sen. Kathy Campbell (District 25, Lincoln); John-Paul Gurnett, fourth grade teacher at Liberty Elementary in Omaha; Cathy Mohnike, state homeless education liaison for the Nebraska  Department of Education; and Nikki Siegal, outreach director for The Bay in Lincoln, a gathering place for young people. The program is hosted by NET News Director Dennis Kellogg.

NET Television is also airing several other programs that address the issue of homelessness. On Feb. 2, “Poverty: Not A Choice,” produced by Nebraska Loves Public Schools, airs at 10 p.m. CT and “Down But Not Out” airs at 11 p.m. CT, both on NET.

On Sunday, Feb. 7, at 12:30 p.m. CT on NET, just prior to the local special “Educating the Homeless in Nebraska,” “Independent Lens: Homestretch” follows three homeless teens in Chicago, as they fight to stay in school, graduate, and create a new life. And, “@Home” airs Wednesday, Feb. 17, at 11 p.m. CT on NET.

For more information about NET’s focus on homelessness, visit netNebraska.org/homeless.

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CONTACT: Dennis Kellogg, 402-470-6278, or email at dkellogg@netNebraska.org
RELEASE WRITTEN BY: Kim Rogers, 402-660-5521, or email at krogers@netNebraska.org

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