The issue of homelessness is the latest topic being covered in a live call-in show, It’s Your Call: Homelessness in Our Community, that debuted at noon Wednesday, April 25th, on CityTV cable channel 16 in Santa Monica and LA36 cable channel 36 in parts of Los Angeles.

Hosted by Stephen Solomon and Ralph Saltsman, the show features phone calls from viewers and interviews with local experts on the issue of homelessness. The series will run until Wednesday, June 13th.

‘Homelessness is the number one issue in the Santa Monica community,’ said CityTV station manager Robin Gee. ‘In response to this, CityTV is presenting a program that will allow viewers to call in to express their concerns and viewpoints while providing valuable background information and insights into the issue of homelessness.’

Topics and guests will change each week as the hosts take calls and the guests answer questions.

The first show covered the topic of stereotypes of people who are homeless. Guests delved into the systemic causes of homelessness while addressing a few of the subpopulations of the homeless that live on the streets of Los Angeles County.

Future show topics include panhandling, housing issues and how to explain homelessness to children.

It’s Your Call: Homelessness in Our Community will replay on CityTV at noon on weekdays and at 8 p.m. Fridays.

The program is presented in partnership with the Westside Shelter & Hunger Coalition (WSHC) and the Los Angeles Central Providers Collaborative (LACPC).

‘We hope people will tune in and call in,’ Gee said. ‘While educational in nature, we want the program to feature lively discussion and debate.’