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Home & Heart | Monkeypox vaccines hard to find | College savings for kids

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The latest North State and California news on our airwaves for Thursday, Aug. 18. 

Interview: Chico nonprofit helps unhoused older adults find a place to live 

People ages 65 and older are the fastest growing homeless population in the United States, and by 2030 their numbers are expected to triple. That's according to a study cited by the American Society on Aging. In Chico, housing aid nonprofit, Home and Heart, hopes to help decrease those numbers. NSPR's Alec Stutson spoke with Founder Sierra Schmidt and Executive Director Cathryn Carkhuff about how the nonprofit helps older unhoused residents find a place to live.

Alec Stutson, NSPR 

Smoke not the only air pollutant of concern in Butte County 

Air quality has been unhealthy in Chico over the past few days due to smoke drifting into the area from the Six Rivers Lightning Complex that’s been burning in Trinity and Humboldt counties since Aug. 5. While smoke is often the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about poor air quality, the Butte County Air Quality Management District says air pollutants like particulates and ozone are also concerning.

Ken Devol, NSPR 

Monkeypox vaccines are hard to find in the Central Valley 

Monkeypox cases have tripled in California over the past month. The virus has disproportionately impacted the LGBTQ community, and vaccine supply remains limited. Most vaccines have been sent to San Francisco and Los Angeles where case numbers are highest, leaving many other communities across the state feeling like they’ve been forgotten. Read the full story.

— Kristen Hwang, CalMatters 

State program gives college savings to California kids 

Millions of kids in California now have up to $1,500 to put toward college or career education, thanks to a new state program. The program, called CalKIDS, launched earlier this month. Read more about the program.

— CapRadio Staff 

Stories from NPR partner stations are edited by NSPR Staff for digital presentation and credited as requested.

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Sarah is an award-winning reporter, producer and editor. She’s worked at North State Public Radio for six years and was previously the station’s News Director before leaving to study at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism.
A graduate of California State University, Chico, Andre Byik is an award-winning journalist who has reported in Northern California since 2012. He joined North State Public Radio in 2020, following roles at the Chico Enterprise-Record and Chico News & Review.
Ken came to NSPR through the back door as a volunteer, doing all the things that volunteers do. Almost nothing – nothing -- in his previous work experience suggests that he would ever be on public radio.
Angel Huracha has been a part of the journalism field since 2006 and has covered a range of topics. He is a graduate of Chico State with a Bachelor's degree in news-editorial and public relations with a minor in English.
Alec Stutson grew up in Colorado and graduated from the University of Missouri with degrees in Radio Journalism, 20th/21st Century Literature, and a minor in Film Studies. He is a huge podcast junkie, as well as a movie nerd and musician.