Vice President Mike Pence visits Cincinnati to tout President Trump and tax cuts. Ohio gubernatorial candidates Mike DeWine and Richard Cordray promote their economic and workforce development plans for the state. The friction between current Ohio Governor John Kasich and President Trump increases as Trump plans a visit to Columbus next week. The City of Cincinnati continues to be at odds with the people who populate homeless camps in the city. And an outbreak of hepatitis A prompts a call for all Northern Kentucky residents to get vaccinated for the disease.
When Michael Johnson stepped into the role as the next President and CEO of the United Way of Greater Cincinnati, he also stepped out into the community. He met with people living in a homeless camp downtown. Next, he will host pop-up community events to find out more about the issues facing neighbors living in each of the counties the United Way serves.
Hamilton County commissioners rescind a sales tax increase under threat of a lawsuit. Now they have to find a way to address the county's structural deficit. Businesses at The Banks want to know when and where the proposed new riverfront music venue will be located. Cincinnati residents will be asked to approve at least four Charter amendments in November, and that number could grow. The City of Cincinnati continues to clear homeless camps out of downtown. And more changes are in store for local TV news operations.
Last week the City of Cincinnati shutdown and fenced off an area near Paul Brown Stadium that had been the site of a homeless camp. Now, city officials 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.
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.
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.
A replacement for an Over-the-Rhine homeless shelter opens next week. The David and Rebecca Barron Center for Men has three times the space of the Drop Inn Center, according to Shelterhouse director Arlene Nolan.
Strategies to End Homelessness is celebrating some good news in Hamilton County's homeless numbers. The just released 2014 Community Data Report finds homelessness declined to levels not seen since 2010.