Winter is an especially harsh season. It exposes the gaps in the safety net set up to catch our most vulnerable residents. While most of us work on paying our heating bills, many of our neighbors don’t have their most basic needs met to be protected against below-zero temperatures. In Gallup, New Mexico, 17 people have died from exposure. Those people are often substance abusers and often Native American. What do cities need to do to eliminate exposure deaths? Which cities have found solutions to keeping the most vulnerable residents from freezing to death?
Carl Smith (Navajo) – executive director of Battered Families Services
Lisa Caldeira – program director for Brother Francis Shelter in Anchorage
Camille Monzon-Richards (Tlingit) – executive director of the Seattle Indian Center
Break Music: Great Grandpah’s Banjo (song) Pura Fe (artist) Full Moon Rising (album)