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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
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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.

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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.

The owner of a homeless encampment at odds with Akron zoning laws has scrapped plans to try to bring tiny homes to the property.

Homelessness in Columbus

Nov 15, 2017
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Public libraries have been a refuge for the homeless for decades. Now new policies at Columbus Metropolitan libraries restricting food and baggage could change that. We look at how the policy and the library shed light on a larger public health issue as well as strategies for ending homelessness in Columbus.


Homelessness in Columbus

Oct 31, 2017
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Public libraries have been a refuge for the homeless for decades. Now new policies at Columbus Metropolitan libraries restricting food and baggage could change that. We look at how the policy and the library shed light on a larger public health issue as well as strategies for ending homelessness in Columbus.

City of Cincinnati

There are now five donation stations in downtown Cincinnati where people can give money to help the homeless population.  

The city, along with Downtown Cincinnati Incorporated (DCI) and 3CDC, are partnering for the effort.  

Donation stations are re-purposed large yellow parking meters that can accept coins or credit card donations. The funds collected will be given to various agencies to aid those in need on the streets. 

Columbus Stops Enforcing Panhandling Ordinance

Jul 17, 2017

Columbus has stopped enforcing its panhandling law after similar laws were challenged successfully using a 2015 U.S. Supreme Court ruling in an Arizona case about church signs.

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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
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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.

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