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Cleveland City Council is considering an ordinance that would declare racism to be a public health crisis.

Akron is facing disproportionately high eviction rates compared to the rest of Ohio, and residents are seeking ways to educate and protect themselves. The Sound of Ideas Community Tour visited the Akron-Summit County Public Library to discuss the issue, identified in a Princeton University study.

According to the study, the city ranks first in Ohio for eviction rates and falls in the top 25 nationally. That has ramifications for the county’s health ratings, said Akron Health Equity Ambassador Tamiyka Rose.

Redlands, Calif., is known for its orange groves, its Victorian homes, and its small-town feel. Sixty miles east of Los Angeles, the city is home to about 75,000 people. But that number is expected to get a lot bigger.

"Redlands is already changing," says Mayor Paul Foster, "and this is just more of the future that's coming."

HUD Secretary Ben Carson presents a mock-up of a check to Sonya Thesing, executive director of Huckleberry House, which works with teens and families in crisis from abuse, violence, poverty and homelessness.
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The U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development came to Columbus to announce new money to combat homelessness across the country – the day after a new report showed a slight increase in Ohio’s homeless population.

Mount Carmel's street outreach team goes out to homeless camps around Columbus to give check-ups and prescribe medicine.
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An annual one-night nationwide homelessness survey mandated by the U.S. Department Housing and Urban Development showed a slight uptick in Ohio's population.

HUD administrator Joseph Galvan announces several grants for Central Ohio.
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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development on Wednesday awarded several grants totaling nearly $300,000 to help connect people to housing in Columbus. 

Ohio U.S. Senator Rob Portman
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Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) is proposing a bill that would track nationwide data on evictions and pump more money into an emergency assistance fund that would help tenants cover their rent.

The Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority says more than 20,000 families are waiting for housing assistance. A federal grant will allow it to help some of those most in need.

The Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority (AMHA) is calling the project the Mainstream Voucher Program.

AMHA has about 4,000 families with disabilities who could benefit from the program. But the half million dollar grant from the Department of Housing and Urban Development will only fund help for 80 families.

The Trump Administration has named its choice to lead the federal office on homelessness: Robert Marbut, a well-known consultant to cities trying to tackle the issue.

For a long time in Cleveland, more families have wanted to move into public housing than out. The waiting list to get an apartment through the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA) stood at 19,000 people as of 2018.

But people do move out of public housing all the time. After 14 years in public housing, Kisha Nixon is one of them.

This former Akron apartment building will be renovated by Graduate Hotels and will offer transitional housing to families of I Promise School students in need.
LeBron James Family Foundation

The LeBron James Family Foundation has partnered with a Chicago-based hotel company to address a pressing need for some of its students: housing.

Joe Motil, Liliana Rivera Baiman (holding signs) with Yes We Can canvassers.
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On a drizzly Sunday afternoon, Joe Motil went knocking on doors in a neighborhood near MAPFRE Stadium.

A Columbus Council candidate forum in October 2019. From left: Elizabeth Brown, Rob Dorans, Shayla Favor, Joe Motil, moderator Walker Evans, Emmanuel Remy, Scott Singratsomboune and Tiffany White.
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Next Tuesday is Election Day, and four Columbus City Council seats are on the ballot. Four incumbent council members are running for re-election, challenged by three candidates backed by the progressive organization Yes We Can.

And then there's Scott Singratsomboune, who is pitching himself as an independent voice on Council and completely self-funding his campaign.

Forty-thousand families in Hamilton County can't find a place to rent or own that is affordable. That's according to the Housing Affordability in Hamilton County study.

Housing advocates have been demanding public officials fund more affordable housing and stop displacement.

Ohio State University announced it will close Buckeye Village, a graduate student and family apartment complex, next fall. 

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