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Athens News Matters for September 30, 2023

A new report on strategies to prevent and reduce homelessness is in front of Athens-Clarke County commissioners for a vote next Tuesday. Normally, the vote to accept a report like that is relatively non-controversial, but this report may be different.

At a work session earlier this month, some commissioners expressed consternation with the final product, saying that it didn’t really suggest any new strategies. WUGA’s Martin Matheny spoke to District 2 Commissioner Melissa Link about the plan, as well as a new ban on short term rentals in some parts of Athens.

Nearly half of American families with young kids struggle to afford diapers, and assistance programs like WIC and SNAP don’t cover those costs. In Athens-Clarke County, some 8,000 children are at risk of diaper need.

To mark National Diaper Need Awareness Week, Alexia Ridley spoke to Erin Campbell, founder and executive director of the Athens Area Diaper Bank about the problem and what her organization is doing to help.

Martin Matheny is WUGA's Program Director and a host and producer of our local news program 'Athens News Matters.' He started at WUGA in 2012 as a part-time classical music host and still hosts WUGA's longest-running local program 'Night Music' which is heard on WUGA and GPB Classical. He lives in Normaltown with his wife, Shaye and dog, Murphy.
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