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The Second Chance Village in Akron is going away.  But the founder of the homeless encampment, and his charity that has been supporting the tent city, are not. 

Since Akron city council voted not to allow a zoning variance for Second Chance Village, local realtor and auctioneer Sage Lewis, who sponsored the camp, has been looking for an alternative. 

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Middletown's Hope House Mission is finally moving forward with a new shelter. The organization broke ground Wednesday on the $11.2 million facility.

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Hamilton County may have a place for Maslow's Army to set up. The group has been handing out food and supplies to the homeless on Fountain Square, but have been told they can't stay -- Sunday was the nonprofit's last day at that location. County Administrator Jeff Aluotto recommends using the plaza outside the Justice Center.

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The City of Cincinnati clears out a homeless camp, again. A Cincinnati Police officer tases an 11-year-old girl. Hamilton County Commissioners put a levy on the November ballot to fund children's services. Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin is a no-show for the annual Fancy Farm Picnic, but Democrats and teachers had their say. And the race between Democrat Amy McGrath and Republican Andy Barr to represent Kentucky's 6th Congressional District heats up.

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Regarding the homeless campers on Third Street who refuse to leave, Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley says he has "obtained the assistance of Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters" and will be filing actions in both state and federal court.

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Acting Cincinnati City Manager Patrick Duhaney said Wednesday the city is moving forward with plans to clear a homeless camp stretching along Third Street in Downtown.

Those living in the camp have been given notice that they'll be asked to leave the area by Friday with cleaning to begin that afternoon.

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The city of Cincinnati last week cleared out a homeless camp near Paul Brown Stadium and reaction on social media was swift.

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Cincinnati officials said Monday they are looking at options for how to respond to the homeless camps that remain along Third Street and another encampment underneath a highway overpass near U.S. Bank Arena.

Last week the city shutdown and cleared a camp near Paul Brown Stadium and fenced off the area so it can't return.

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SORTA decides not to put a tax levy on the November ballot although several members of the transit authority agree something must be done to fix a looming deficit for Metro. Cincinnati clears out a homeless camp downtown, but the city has no long-term solution to reducing the homeless population. And does an electric scooter rideshare business have a future in Cincinnati?

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Cincinnati officials cleared out a homeless camp under a Fort Washington Way overpass near Paul Brown Stadium Wednesday morning and have fenced off the area, so that its one-time residents can't return.  

But there are still several people living in tents along Third Street in Downtown Cincinnati, and they don't plan to move anywhere.  

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Cincinnati officials are delaying a plan to clear a homeless camp under the highway ramp on Third Street at Plum.

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While the majority of individuals who don’t have access to safe and secure housing are in their situations due to economic reasons, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 20 to 25 percent of the homeless population in the United States suffers from some form of severe mental illness.

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According to local service agency Shelterhouse, almost 8,000 Cincinnatians, including children, are homeless. A variety of factors can lead to homelessness, including mental illness, drug addiction, traumatic events and personal crisis.

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Homelessness doesn’t just affect adults – it can affect entire families. 

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Greater Cincinnati social worker Rachael Winters and Northern Kentucky University students Justin Hill and Brittney Kane have developed an app that is designed to get homeless people the help they need and off the streets.

A Cincinnati Council majority seems to like the idea of providing seasonal jobs to about 15 to 20 homeless people.  

But there are some who have concerns about using $50,000 from a city contingency fund to pay for it.

Cincinnati is being asked to fund a homeless-to-work pilot program.  The full council could vote on the issue Wednesday.  

It would offer seasonal jobs to 15 to 20 homeless people.

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Homelessness is a serious and continuing problem in Greater Cincinnati, on both sides of the Ohio River. In 2013, the State of Kentucky ranked worst in the nation in the extent of child homelessness. And the number of sheltered individuals in Kenton, Boone and Campbell Counties increased by more than 60 percent in 2014.

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For the first time in several years, Cincinnati's winter shelter for the homeless will be located in one facility.

The new Barron Center for Men in Queensgate has 200 beds in a 10,000 sq. ft. square foot area.  It features separate restroom facilities for men and women, a lobby area for new intakes, and two intake offices.

While a recent report shows the number of people who are on the streets or staying at emergency shelters has decreased locally, last year there were still nearly 8,000 individuals counted on the streets, in shelters and in transitional housing programs in Hamilton County.

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