The Homelessness Marathon is an annual 14-hour radio broadcast featuring the voices and stories of homeless people from around the United States. Segments for this broadcast are produced by community radio stations across the country and live call-ins happen all night long via a national toll-free number. Topics to be covered include: the impact of foreclosures on homelessness, results of a new study of homeless mortality, homeless teens, and new technologies for safe, inexpensive, and legal shelter.
The 14th Annual Homelessness Marathon will originate from Kansas City, MO, with the broadcast on WPKN commencing at 10:00 PM on the evening of February 23, 2011, and ending at 9:00 AM on the morning of February 24th. Host locations in Kansas City are a couple of organizations that have been active in addressing the homelessness issue there: Care of Poor People, Inc. and Hope Faith Ministries. The host station this year is Kansas City’s 100,000 watt community radio station, KKFI.
A full schedule of the planned segments and scheduled discussions can be found here
(Note that all times on that schedule are Central, not Eastern.) Beginning Wednesday, February 23 at 10:00 PM and continuing all night until Thursday, February 24 at 9:00 AM
There are two call-in numbers for the Homelessness Marathon:
- Anyone, housed or homeless can call 877-NOBODY-8 (877-662-6398)
- If you are homeless, formerly homeless or afraid you’re about to be homeless, you can also call 866-LEFT-OUT (866-533-8688)