Homelessness

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Hamilton County saw a decrease in overall numbers of people experiencing homelessness in 2020. Strategies to End Homelessness CEO Kevin Finn says the number of people on the streets and in shelters dropped 12.5% from 2019.

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The Hamilton County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously Thursday to approve new funding for the Maslow's Army day shelter in Queensgate. The unanimous vote comes after shelter staff said they'd have to shut down without more funding.

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In Hamilton County, the pandemic has hit teens experiencing homelessness hard. LGBTQ teens are particularly likely to face life on the street.

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Maslow's Army welcomed in 64 people out of the cold on the first day their new winter day center opened on Christmas. The Todd B. Portune Winter Day Center was three years in the making and opened in the former Queensgate Correctional Facility at a crucial time. According to Maslow's Army Executive Director Samuel Landis, there is a 38% increase in the number of people unable to get into a shelter due to the pandemic.  

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The city of Cincinnati is amending a contract to provide more funds to shelters during the winter months.

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Representatives for those experiencing homelessness gathered at Washington Park in Over-the-Rhine on Monday and urged city officials to continue funding measures to provide shelter during the winter.

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While one emergency shelter breaks ground, another one opens its doors here in the region.

Bethany House Services (screenshot from Dec. 8, 2020 Zoom meeting)

As COVID-19 continues to impact the country’s homeless population, Cincinnati could see construction begin on a new homeless shelter in February.

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The organization that compiles yearly homeless numbers for Greater Cincinnati says we haven't seen the worst of it. The effects of the pandemic could linger into 2022.

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In a normal year it can be a struggle to provide shelter to all of the people experiencing homelessness in our area. But this isn't a normal time.

The closure of school buildings in response to the coronavirus has been disruptive and inconvenient for many families, but for those living in homeless shelters or hotel rooms — including roughly 1.5 million school-aged children — the shuttering of classrooms and cafeterias has been disastrous.

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The economic crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has forced many more people to live on the streets in Cincinnati. That's concerning with winter coming and reduced capacity with the traditional shelter plan for colder months. 

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The Interfaith Hospitality Network of Greater Cincinnati says the number of local families experiencing homelessness is up during the pandemic, and getting people into permanent housing hasn't been easy. Part of the agency's model is for religious groups to temporarily house IHNGN clients in their places of worship, but COVID-19 has halted that.

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Hamilton County is seeing more people sleeping in public places recently, and the president of Strategies to End Homelessness says there could be even more in 2021.

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A local advocacy group is helping hundreds of people experiencing homelessness to find stable housing under the COVID-19 pandemic. Maslow's Army provided hotel rooms for 261 people when Ohio's stay-at-home order was announced. Founder Samuel Landis says they have placed some individuals into permanent housing and continue to house 23 people, including children, in hotels. 

A new report shows before the pandemic hit, only three of the ten most common jobs in Ohio actually paid employees enough to afford a basic two-bedroom apartment. Now, the report notes the situation has worsened. 

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Hamilton County commissioners are expected to vote this week on funding meant to reduce the number of people living in homeless shelters during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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Dozens of Greater Cincinnati homeless are on lockdown at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center where they can eat, sleep and receive medical care.

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Shelters working with those experiencing homelessness say they need help. While Cincinnati has a space for those experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, advocates say they need to get people out of group shelters for safety and to prevent further spread.

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Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley told Cincinnati Edition on Wednesday that vital city services are remaining operational during the coronavirus pandemic.

A new report puts Ohio near last in the list of how states handle homelessness in people under 24 years old.

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Another week of news is in the books, so Cincinnati Edition gathers local journalists to talk about the big headlines from recent days.

Covington Proposes Stricter Homeless Shelter Guidelines

Jan 28, 2020
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The city of Covington is proposing stricter guidelines for homeless shelters to operate on.

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More than a thousand people are experiencing homelessness in Northern Kentucky.

The number of veterans experiencing homelessness in Ohio decreased by nearly 10% since last year. 

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Kevin Finn, the executive director of Strategies To End Homelessness, and Debbie DeMarcus, associate vice president of Mental Health ACT, a division of Greater Cincinnati Behavioral Health Services, speak with Cincinnati Edition host Michael Monks about how their organizations' work to provide the needed services to those who are homeless or mentally ill in the community.

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It’s been one year since Cincinnati’s controversy over a tent city, which had popped up downtown on Third Street. The area, which served as a camp for people experiencing homelessness, became known as The Colony.

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.

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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.

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The new enrollment center at Covington Independent Public Schools is set to open on July 8. 

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