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Gimme Shelter! Housing Trust Fund

by Adam J. Lovinus Two thousand homeless on a given night in Milwaukee. Twenty percent spend more than half their income on rent. Thousands are overcrowded, with two and three families in a single house. Behind the numbers are the people, many of them our friends and neighbors. Rents in Riverwest have become prohibitive for […]

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The 411 on FYI

By Michael Timm Homelessness, poverty, crime, unplanned pregnancy, sexual abuse, and underemployment are very real threats to thousands of young people nationwide who “age out” of the foster care or other out-of-home care systems. Upon turning 18, they are cut off from the state support system. If they have not been prepared for social and […]

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Optician With a Vision

Story and photo by Laura Richard Walking into Bronze Optical felt like walking into someone’s home. Cozy rooms were filled with strategically placed antique furniture. No florescent lights. Bronze immediately greeted me with a smile and asked if I cared to join him for a cup of tea. Bronze Quinton and his life and business […]

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Ask the Ecologist:

by Belle Bergner Q: I grow vegetables and herbs in pots on my deck and last year some of my herbs did not do as well as my tomatoes and peppers. I watered them all the same amount and kept the soil moist. Any idea what could have happened so that I don’t do the […]

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