The Local Lens is a public health podcast going inside one community's experience with the drug epidemic. Everyone in the town of Stanton, KY sees this drug issue differently from each other, either because of their personal lives or professional roles. This show aims to showcase those different perspectives by having honest, in-depth interviews.
Homelessness is one of the most prolific problems we see today, even in rural Kentucky. Homelessness can overlap with several other issues, like domestic violence, mental illness, or substance abuse. Being homeless is also a bit of a quick-sand pit -- once you're in it, it can be very difficult to escape.
In this episode, we're joined by someone who helped start the Powell Homeless Coalition in 2020 in Clay City, KY: Oshia Haddix. We talk about what homelessness looks like, what some of the hurdles of running this service are, and why people are hesitant to support these kinds of services.
The overlap between substance abuse and homelessness is significant. In this episode, we get to see some of the ways these issues, and ways to improve these, is approached in rural Kentucky.
These are our people, using our voices, telling our stories, because no one sees it like we do.
Visit findhelpnowky.org to find treatment options for you in Kentucky.
To contact, volunteer for, or donate to Powell Homeless Coalition, you can contact Oshia on her cell phone: 606-481-0420
You can find their feeding program at:
115 5th Avenue, Clay City, KY (across from Full Gospel Lighthouse)
Donations should be made out to:
PO Box 304
Clay City, KY 40312
Keep up with The Local Lens on Facebook, Instagram (@thelocallens_podcast) or on their website.
The Local Lens is sponsored by Kentucky Opioid Community Healing (from the Kentucky Rural Health Information Organization) and Powell County CARES (from the Powell County Health Department).
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