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Despite budget constraints, Strategies to End Homelessness is working to reduce the number of families experiencing the summer surge of homelessness.

Charles Bowers takes long, quick strides down a worn, dirt path and stops in front of a tall thicket of bushes. He lifts a hand to signal that he's spied something.

He's leading me on a tour of camps made by homeless people in wooded corners of Fayette County, Kentucky, and there, slightly up the hill, is a patch of blue. A tent.

He keeps his voice low to avoid startling those inside.

When Akron police and city staff removed people from a makeshift tent city last Sunday, it rekindled the battle over where people may live when their 'choice' of residence is a fabric tent.

A program launched last July to reduce aggressive panhandling in Downtown Cincinnati is still showing good results.  

Those devices and apps tracking the number of daily steps taken have become popular in the fitness industry. Users are encouraged to reach 10,000 steps a day.

However, this step goal isn’t based in science. 

Today on All Sides Wellness Wednesday, the 10,000 steps goal, a program helping the homeless in central Ohio and more. 

More Than 180 Haircuts Given At Homeless Stand Down

Jan 15, 2019

The last to leave Saturday's Homeless Stand Down at Cleveland's Public Auditorum  were the barbers. 

The Homeless Stand Down is an annual, one-day event put together by HandsOn Northeast Ohio for people experiencing homelessness. 

Adora Namigadde / WOSU

A white Jeep slowly bumps along a dirt path behind an inconspicuous auto shop on Columbus’ South Side. Inside is the Mount Carmel Street Medicine team. The driver, project specialist Jason King, rattles through the greenery behind the shop and parks in front of a homeless camp.

Every Wednesday several women staying at the Norma Herr shelter in downtown Cleveland walk a couple of blocks to the ArtCraft building on Superior Avenue. It is home to a number of art studios, including Across the Lines, which launched earlier this year to provide women struggling with homelessness a place of their own to create.

In a studio loft on the fifth floor, eight women sat around folding tables on a recent Wednesday afternoon. Each woman crafted her own piece of artwork.

Next Monday, Wooster City Council is slated to hear a third reading of a proposal that could lead to fines for people who are homeless.

If passed, the law would allow police to charge homeless people with a minor misdemeanor if they refuse to go to a shelter. 

Adora Namigadde / WOSU

The ACLU of Ohio is calling on Wooster to reject an ordinance that could punish the city’s homeless population.

Tim Revell / Columbus Dispatch

According to a report from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the number of homeless veterans in Ohio dropped by 13 percent last year.

The ACLU of Ohio is suing a Hamilton County judge over an August ruling banning homeless encampments. The group filed the mandamus action with the First District Court of appeals Thursday morning on behalf of New Prospect Baptist Church.

Mark Arehart / WKSU

Akron City Council has set Thanksgiving as the deadline for the shutdown of Second Chance Village.

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.