Special Programming: Public Affairs
On the Air: The 12th Annual Homelessness Marathon live from from Pass Christian, Mississippi
Starting at 4 p.m. central time, on the night of Monday, February 23rd, and ending at 6 a.m. central time on Tuesday, February 24, 2009. View the full schedule here
The Homelessness Marathon is an annual 14-hour radio broadcast featuring the voices and stories of homeless people from around the United States The Homelessness Marathon features live call-ins all night long via a national toll-free number.
Pass Christian is next door to Waveland, MS, which the Army Corps of Engineers officially designates as the "Ground Zero," where Hurricane Katrina came ashore. We call it the "other" Ground Zero, because it's the one that didn't get the attention (or the multi-trillion dollar response) that was given to the Ground Zero in New York.
Pass Christian was less affected than Waveland, losing a mere 100% of its public buildings, 100% of its businesses and 80% of its homes. Though the Gulf Coast is probably only about 20% rebuilt and there is a drastic shortage of affordable housing, the state and Federal governments will soon remove the remaining temporary trailers and cottages. Thousands of desperately poor elderly and disabled people and single parent families with young children are about to be thrown on the streets with nowhere to go.