Officials estimate there are 30 to 40 thousand undocumented immigrants in Central Ohio who could be spared deportation under President Obama’s reform order.
Franklin County Emergency Shelters Overflow With Families.
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The head of the Community Shelter Board says more families are seeking emergency shelter. So, the board today is asking the Franklin County commission for additional funds.
The county commission is poised to give the shelter board more than half-million dollars in addtional funds. Board Director Michelle Heritage-Ward says the money is needed to help an increasing number of families who are seeking emergency shelter.
“We really don’t know how long this will last. Part of that will depend on what happens in our economy. As our economy recovers and people are starting to be able to be more fully employed and be able to get back to work so they can afford rent. That’s when we’ll start to see some alleviation of this.” Says Heritage-Ward
Heritage Ward says the funds from the county will be used for prevention and re-housing programs. The commission will take up the request at its meeting later this morning.