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Cruz Santos thought her life was finally turning around in early March when she found a job at a shoe store after months of looking.

Two weeks later, the store shut down, throwing her back onto the unemployment lines, and leaving her and her three school-age kids at risk of losing the one-bedroom Bronx apartment where they live.

"I don't know what's going to happen and if they're going to kick me out of my apartment. And that's something hard, you know. You can hardly even sleep sometimes," Santos says.

One effect of the widespread protests across U.S. cities this week has been to renew discussions of what role the police should play in society.

For many Americans, it goes without saying that the police are critical in maintaining public safety. Have an emergency? Call the police. But many others — especially black people and poor people — have long countered that the police pose more of a threat to their safety than a boon. See a police officer? Walk in the other direction.

Members of the Ohio Chinese Association deliver hot meals to homeless shelters.
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The Ohio Chinese American Association is delivering more than 1,000 hot meals to homeless shelters in Columbus, as a way of giving back to people in need during Asian Pacific Heritage Month.

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Revenue losses for the YMCA of Central Ohio have led to the layoff of nearly 2,000 workers. Most locations closed in March due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Downtown Columbus
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Columbus city officials on Tuesday announced plans for a new homeless shelter that will house people who have tested positive for the coronavirus.

Housing Security During A Pandemic

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Cook County Deputy Sheriff Scott Hunter posts the final eviction notice on an apartment in Evanston, Ill., Tuesday, March 17, 2009.
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The first of the month is quickly approaching, and for many who now face unemployment due to the coronavirus pandemic, the prospect of paying rent looks uncertain.

At least one Cleveland program that addresses homelessness is ending its winter shelter program early, as shelters across the region face low staffing and high exposure risks during the coronavirus pandemic

The Metanoia Project provided overnight shelter at three locations until March 23, but is now suspending operations.

“It was a hard decision, nothing that we wanted to do, and we wish we could have stayed open longer,” said Metanoia Project Executive Director Heidi Goblirsch. “But unfortunately, if you don’t have proper staffing, we can’t properly serve our guests.”

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A new report puts Ohio near last in the list of how states handle homelessness in people under 24 years old.

A Census 2020 form is seen Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020, in Toksook Bay, Alaska.
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As Michelle Heritage walks through the corridors of the YWCA Family Shelter in Columbus, she shares her ultimate vision for Franklin County.

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.

Updated: 1:37 p.m., Friday Dec. 27, 2019.

Advocates for the homeless are calling a cease use order from the City of Cleveland a violation of the First Amendment. The notice was issued to Denison United Church of Christ, which is housing the homeless during the winter.

The three-page notice details multiple fire code violations: insufficient fire extinguishers or emergency lighting, obstructed exits, and improperly stored flammable liquids. The church also does not have a fire alarm or sprinkler system.

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.

Updated at 1:40 p.m ET

The Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear an appeal in a case originating from Boise, Idaho, that would have made it a crime to camp and sleep in public spaces.

The decision to let a ruling from the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals stand is a setback for states and local governments in much of the West that are grappling with widespread homelessness by designing laws to regulate makeshift encampments on sidewalks and parks.

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.

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