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People gather outside Holy Family Church in Columbus, which does outreach to the homeless in Franklin County.

Report: More Ohioans In Danger Of Homelessness From COVID-19

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — 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. The report by the National Low Income Housing Coalition and the Coalition of Homelessness… Read More

A row of desks in a classroom with a backpack hanging up on the back wall

WATCH: School Closures Leave Homeless Students Even More Vulnerable

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There are more than 1.5 million homeless public school students in the United States. But with many of those young people relying on school for safety, stability and food, the mass closures of school buildings all over the country due to the coronavirus have left them even more vulnerable than before. NewsHour Weekend’s Zachary Green… Read More

The Wheeling Suspension Bridge

West Virginia City Criticized for Plans to Clear Encampment

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WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia city has responded to a letter from the American Civil Liberties Union that raised concerns with plans to clear a homeless encampment. The Wheeling City Manager said Monday that officials were reviewing the concerns, but didn’t say whether they would be addressed. The Intelligencer reports Wheeling began removing… Read More

People gather outside Holy Family Church in Columbus, which does outreach to the homeless in Franklin County.

Ohioans Experiencing Homelessness Face Special Challenges During Coronavirus Pandemic

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The more than 10,000 people in Ohio identified as homeless are already at a higher risk for catching communicable diseases but the coronavirus pandemic is making matters worse. Advocates for the homeless say it’s hard to maintain the 6-foot distance between residents in shelters, and keeping clean can be an issue. Jessica Jenkins, who works with… Read More

Kristi Reyes now spends time with her grandson in her new home.

Homelessness and Health Costs: This Kentucky Mom Faced Cancer While Living in Her Car

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Cancer was what finally pushed Kristi Reyes into living in her car. The mother of four had worked all her life, starting at age 7 when she helped out at her family’s furniture store. Most of her work was in retail. It was paycheck-to-paycheck but she kept her kids together and a roof over their… Read More

A row of desks in a classroom with a backpack hanging up on the back wall

Total Number of Homeless Students in W.Va. Rises to Over 10K

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – The total number of homeless public school students in West Virginia has increased by nearly 1,000 students since the 2017-18 school year. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports state Department of Education data for the 2018-19 school year says there are now about 10,500 homeless students across the state. Homeless students are those… Read More

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“They Are Invisible.” Rural Homelessness, Made Worse By Opioid Crisis

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Charles “Country” Bowers takes long, quick strides down a worn dirt path and is soon in front of a thicket of bushes made deep and tall by spring rains. He’s leading me on a tour of camps made by homeless people in wooded corners of Fayette County, Kentucky. He stops and lifts a hand to… Read More