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Handling New Hampshire's Homelessness

Several Granite State communities are grappling with how best to deal with this population. Issues include their use of public property, where and how they can ask for money, the right approaches to truly help these individuals. There’s been lots of debate and even lawsuits filed, including accusations that some recent actions are band-aids to a much larger problem.  Today we'll look at these challenges.


  • Cathy Kuhn- Director of the New Hampshire Coalition to End Homelessness and Director of Research and Training at Families in Transition, a homeless service provider.
  • Tauna Sisco- Political Sociologist at Saint Anselm College. Her research is on public policy concerning the homeless. Her forthcoming book is The Gendered Face of Homelessness.
  • Pat Long- Democratic State Representative from Manchester, member of the Manchester Consortium of Homelessness, and Manchester Alderman. 

We'll also hear from

  • John Duval- Concord Police Chief who also serves on a mayor's task force on ending homelessness.
  • Frank Sobol - A homeless person living in the Concord area who is involved in a camp-site lawsuit against the state.
Laura is well known in New Hampshire for her in-depth coverage of important issues and is widely regarded for her interviews with presidential hopefuls. Laura is a graduate of Keene High School in New Hampshire. Prior to hosting The Exchange, Laura worked in public radio in Washington, D.C. as a local reporter and announcer for WAMU and as a newscaster for NPR. Before her radio career, she was a researcher for USA Today's "Money" section, and a research assistant at the Institute for International Economics. Laura occasionally guest hosts national programs such as The Diane Rehm Show and Here and Now. In 2007 Laura was named New Hampshire Broadcaster of the Year by the New Hampshire Association of Broadcasters.
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