UnAffordable and UnSheltered Are homelessness, and affordable housing in Arizona connected? Housing in the Phoenix area has become hard to afford. However, it's often the institutional barriers that keep people homeless. UnSheltered and UnAffordable podcasts explore the obstacles that can make surviving and thriving in the Valley a challenge.
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UnAffordable and UnSheltered

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Are homelessness, and affordable housing in Arizona connected? Housing in the Phoenix area has become hard to afford. However, it's often the institutional barriers that keep people homeless. UnSheltered and UnAffordable podcasts explore the obstacles that can make surviving and thriving in the Valley a challenge.

Most Recent Episodes

UnAffordable: Unavailable and Unattainable

The moratorium on evictions has ended, and there's a housing shortage with no end in sight. On top of that, median home prices in Arizona have increased to the point that even some dual-income middle-class families are struggling. So, where does that leave those who cannot afford rent or a mortgage? Even as waiting lists grow for shelters, transitional housing, and affordable housing, there is hope. In this episode, learn about the challenges and housing possibilities for Arizona's extreme low-income individuals and families. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

UnAffordable: The American Dream

Does the "American Dream" still exist in Arizona? Years ago, it was possible to live an affordable life as a single or with just one hard-working breadwinner in the family. Now, most middle class families need two sources of income — and even dual-income families are having a difficult time finding a suitable home amidst the housing shortage and increase in home prices. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

UnAffordable: Moving On

A lot has changed in Arizona's housing market since UnAffordable was published in 2019. Two years later, Arizona's issues still include housing shortages, and now, more acute unaffordability. Hear how nonprofits and coalitions dedicated to helping Arizonans trying to find a decent place to live have experienced difficulties and success. Plus, Tempe Mayor Corey Woods shares his personal struggle finding a home and his city's plans for developing affordable housing. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

UnSheltered: Sentenced

Sentences for misdemeanor crimes typically include fines and probation. While it's easy to say those sentences aren't harsh, for the poorest people in Arizona, the effects of these penalties often far outweigh the seriousness of their crimes. For the large number of Americans who are one unexpected expense away from losing everything, a fine or probation could be what makes them homeless. Let us know what you think. Please take our survey (https://heararizona.org/survey). Support the show: https://secure.kjzz.org/alleg/WebModule/Donate.aspx?P=ZHEARAZ&PAGETYPE=PLG&CHECK=W1alwZiIWu1G791DoDhWGuzWDeZ%2BeA1M See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

UnSheltered: Assembly Line Justice

It's not a crime to be homeless. But survival for unsheltered people sometimes means standing or sleeping in odd places, fighting to maintain space or belongings, and escaping the situation through drugs, all of which often lead to misdemeanor charges. Those who are arrested for low-level offenses like trespassing, disorderly conduct, or simple possession face a justice system where cases are disposed of in minutes, without access to legal counsel, and with lasting impacts on their ability to escape homelessness. Let us know what you think. Please take our survey (https://heararizona.org/survey). Support the show: https://secure.kjzz.org/alleg/WebModule/Donate.aspx?P=ZHEARAZ&PAGETYPE=PLG&CHECK=W1alwZiIWu1G791DoDhWGuzWDeZ%2BeA1M See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

UnSheltered: New Normal

The post-pandemic world will be a lot different from the pre-pandemic world. At this moment, nobody really knows what the next week will look like - let alone the next year. That uncertainty raises several challenges and questions for the organizations that serve unsheltered Arizonans. Let us know what you think. Please take our survey (https://heararizona.org/survey). Support the show: https://secure.kjzz.org/alleg/WebModule/Donate.aspx?P=ZHEARAZ&PAGETYPE=PLG&CHECK=W1alwZiIWu1G791DoDhWGuzWDeZ%2BeA1M See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

UnSheltered: Improvise: Homeless During Crisis

It's safe to argue that the COVID-19 pandemic is a disaster. And the way we prepare for, respond to and discuss disasters in the United States often excludes the homeless and poor - to their detriment. From emergency shelter to relief and recovery, disaster response isn't designed to include the homeless. Support the show: https://secure.kjzz.org/alleg/WebModule/Donate.aspx?P=ZHEARAZ&PAGETYPE=PLG&CHECK=W1alwZiIWu1G791DoDhWGuzWDeZ%2BeA1M See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

UnSheltered: Illness & Incarceration

Once someone ends up homeless, systematic and legal barriers make it exceedingly difficult to escape. A majority of homeless people find themselves involved with law enforcement, and managing a chronic medical condition is complicated by the realities of life on the streets. With a criminal record or a chronic illness, finding stable housing becomes nearly impossible. Let us know what you think. Please take our survey (https://heararizona.org/survey). Support the show: https://secure.kjzz.org/alleg/WebModule/Donate.aspx?P=ZHEARAZ&PAGETYPE=PLG&CHECK=W1alwZiIWu1G791DoDhWGuzWDeZ%2BeA1M See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

UnSheltered: Street Living

As volunteers hit the streets to count the numbers of unsheltered homeless in Maricopa County, Unsheltered will delve into why Phoenix has such a problem, what can be done about it, and why it's so hard to fix. Let us know what you think. Please take our survey (https://heararizona.org/survey). Support the show: https://secure.kjzz.org/alleg/WebModule/Donate.aspx?P=ZHEARAZ&PAGETYPE=PLG&CHECK=W1alwZiIWu1G791DoDhWGuzWDeZ%2BeA1M See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

UnAffordable: Where Do We Go From Here?

There are many organizations in Arizona working to build affordable housing and support low-income people who need places to live. But all of these organizations say they can't keep up with the demands of the state's growing population and worsening housing shortage. In the final episode of this podcast, Katherine Davis-Young looks at what's already being done and what else the state would have to do to address its looming housing crisis. Plus, we learn how single mom Chanel found a solution to her own affordable housing problem. Let us know what you think. Please take our survey (https://heararizona.org/survey). Support the show: https://secure.kjzz.org/alleg/WebModule/Donate.aspx?P=ZHEARAZ&PAGETYPE=PLG&CHECK=W1alwZiIWu1G791DoDhWGuzWDeZ%2BeA1M See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.