homelessness

Updated: 3:20 p.m.

Now, homeless camps are banned from all of Hamilton County by court order. 

The five yellow donation stations in Downtown Cincinnati, installed as an alternative to giving money to panhandlers, haven't seen a lot of donations since they were installed about a year ago.

The Cincinnati Center City Development Corp. (3CDC) reports between $300 to $350 has been collected from the re-purposed parking meters.

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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded a Columbus organization a $6.07 million grant to combat youth homelessness in the city.

Panhandling

Jul 12, 2018
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Columbus City Council has approved an ordinance regulating “aggressive” panhandling. The new rules prohibit panhandling near ATMs, on freeway ramps and at intersections. Panhandlers are also banned from following or touching pedestrians. 

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

A little over one year after Columbus stopped enforcing the city’s panhandling law, City Council will consider a new ordinance.

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Destiny Williams came to Second Chance Village from the woods, after being addicted to heroin for about three years.

Akron City Council is not likely to decide until this fall what to do about a tent city of homeless people on the city’s east side. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze reports on a struggle by city planners and others to find an answer:

Advocates for Second Chance Village cheered and elebrated the announcement that the Akron Planning Commission would delay a vote on the tent city’s future until next month.

The Dayton City Commission recently passed a law effectively banning panhandling along 51 major roadways. It’s not the first time the city has passed laws curbing the practice. Now, some legal advocates are already raising questions about the city’s new pedestrian safety ordinance.

At the May 23 city commission meeting, Mayor Nan Whaley was clear: the ordinance is not about panhandling.

“Nothing in this ordinance criminalizes holding a sign on the side of a roadway,” the mayor said.

Crowded Homeless Shelters And The Vicious Flu Brew Perfect Storm

Mar 13, 2018
Carmen Heredia Rodriguez / Kaiser Health News

The flu descended on Connie Gabaldon like a fog, she recalled, clouding her mind and compromising her judgment. It progressed to chest and back pain, the aches perhaps made worse by a fall the 66-year-old had while riding the bus in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Mark Arehart / WKSU

Second Chance Village, a tent community for homeless people in Akron, has been threatened with closure by the city. Residents say they'd rather live on the streets than go to a homeless shelter, and now a group of high school students in Akron has created a film about the village and its struggles.

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