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Adora Namigadde

Behind gas stations, near highways and beside railroad tracks, advocates from outreach groups like Maryhaven know where to find homeless campers. 

At a homeless camp next to a track in Franklinton, outreach specialist Brandon Curry is greeted with a warm welcome. The camp is home to about 10 people - for now.

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In March, Rep. Steve Stivers of Ohio's 15th district introduced a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives. Its aim is small, but important—expand the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s definition of homelessness.

Terrace Place

Friday marks the grand opening of a new apartment complex that’s the result of a collaboration between the Community Housing Network and Ohio State University. Located near the university on East Ninth Avenue, Terrace Place provides a home to about 60 people who have struggled with addiction, mental illness and homelessness.

The Washington, D.C., jail has big metal doors that slam shut. It looks and feels like a jail. But down a hall in the medical wing, past an inmate muttering about suicide, there's a room that looks like an ordinary doctor's office.

"OK, deep breaths in and out for me," Dr. Reggie Egins says to his patient, Sean Horn, an inmate in his 40s. They talk about how his weight has changed in his six weeks in jail, how his medications are working out and whether he's noticed anything different about his vision. Egins schedules an ophthalmology appointment for Horn.

Providing Housing Helped Ohio Reduce Homelessness

Nov 18, 2016

Homelessness in Ohio has decreased by 17 percent in the last six years, reports The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

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Some new signs say it's illegal to panhandle along freeway exit ramps in Columbus.


A mediation agency says a central Ohio county has had more evictions filed over the past decade than anywhere else in the state.

The Arts and Social Change

Jan 16, 2014

11:00 Art doesn't just sit on a wall, or dance on a stage, or evaporate into the ether. It has the power to make enormous societal improvements. This hour's guests are an artist/homeless advocacy team who paired up to raise awareness and funding for a badly needed shelter. We'll talk about the partnership and the power of practical creativity. Guests

Shelter Board: Demand For Emergency Housing Wrecks Budget.

Dec 8, 2010

During the past five months, the Community Shelter Board has spent $194,000 putting up families and individuals in hotel rooms and other temporary shelters. Executive Director Michelle Heritage-Ward predicts the board will spend $230,000 for emergency shelter by the end of the year. Last year, the board spent $5,000 on such programs.

WOSU's Tom Borgerding talked with Heritage Ward about the spike in demand for emergency shelter.

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