With harsh cold and snow forecast for much of the state in the next few days, officials in Ohio’s Department of Aging are urging precautions for older people who could be at increased risk of weather-related problems.
As Columbus homeless shelters face record demand, the city of Columbus is stepping up to help. This year the number of people seeking shelter has increased by unprecedented amounts, and the shelter board is running out of money to house them.
Frigid temperatures are forcing the homeless into Columbus shelters. While social service agencies are feeling the strain of state budget cutbacks, homeless shelters seem to be insulated from the cash crunch – at least for now.
The homeless community in Columbus is often voiceless. But Ohio Wesleyan professor Mary Howard has made an effort to change that. She produced “Swept Out”, a documentary about the homeless community in Columbus. WOSU’s Kim Fox talks to Howard in the Q&A about her film.
A federal court ruling in Ohio says counties must allow homeless voters to list as their addresses park benches and other locations that are not buildings.
Erika Clark Jones is wrapping up her third month as the director of Homeless and Social Services for the city of Columbus.
Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman Thursday created a new cabinet position: Advocate for the Homeless and Social Services. City and homeless officials say it’s also the first such position in the country.
Community Shelter Board officials say initial estimates indicate that Franklin County might have fewer homeless people living outside shelters than last year.
A new national poll shows more people are now worried about becoming homeless. In Columbus, advocates for the homeless say the Gallup poll reflects growing anxiety among Americans about keeping a roof over their heads.
Groups that help homeless and low income Ohioans are getting more than 20 million dollars from the state.
For the past several years The Community Shelter Board has tried to find out just how many people in Columbus don’t have a place to call home. Thursday morning about 100 volunteers braved the cold winds to try to get an accurate count. But the census faces criticism faces criticism from local advocates.