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Rising housing costs push residents out of Bloomington

April 18th, 2019

Violinist Emily Nehus looked at her new home in amazement. She had spent the last 12 days building two houses, one of which was her own. After moving her family from apartment to apartment for around 17 years, she finally had a place to call home in Bloomington.

“I was just bawling on the last day,” she said. “This is my home.”

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Eliminating housing poverty is Habitat for Humanity CEO Wendi Goodlett’s goal

April 2nd, 2019

In Habitat for Humanity of Monroe County CEO Wendi Goodlett’s office, the star of the room is a framed poster of Habitat’s 2007 Women Build event. Her predecessor hung the poster, and when Goodlett moved into the office in July 2018, she realized that this event was her first ever with Habitat.

“I got my start with Habitat at Women Build in 2007, and I didn’t know anything other than that they build houses and they get to pay an interest free mortgage,” said Goodlett. “I got to work alongside the homeowner that day and get to know her a little better. I was hooked immediately. I just fell in love with it.”

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Interviews with strangers spark thought-provoking conversation

March 28th, 2019

Before I went out into Bloomington to do this story, I was skeptical that people would know or care about the housing market. I was wrong. Everyone I encountered, whether they are new in Bloomington or long-time residents, had something to say.

My story follows the current housing market in Bloomington. My main focus is whether people want to live in houses or apartments and why. I also plan to dig deeper into how a college town controls its housing market when the university town plans to increase student population.

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Bloomington residents concerned about housing market imbalance

March 26th, 2019

Bloomington residents have mixed feelings about the current housing market and whether it is affordable, according to four random interviews along Kirkwood Avenue on Feb. 16.

Opinions vary on the current housing market. With IU gradually bringing in more students, random Bloomington residents on the street said they are looking for affordable options and are stuck between houses and apartments.

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On the Beat – Civic Life

February 21st, 2019


Jan. 23, 2019

Bente Bouthier, Indiana Public Media

Since the mold incidents in dorms, IU selected three apartment complexes for students to live in. Students will experience college housing differently because of this. The university would prefer students to live on campus, but believes this is the best option for now.

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Bio: Autumn Schoolman

Autumn Schoolman
Autumn Schoolman is a senior at Indiana University majoring in journalism with a concentration on news reporting. She has experience with student news organizations and an internship with the largest private news outlet in Uganda, Africa reporting on HIV/AIDS. Her favorite beats are lifestyle, music, human rights, environment and taking photos of anything and everything. When she’s not in school, she’s writing songs or making a fool of herself in karaoke. After graduation she hopes to move to New York and work on getting her Master’s in journalism. Her dream job would be working as a foreign correspondent for the New York Times.