WEWS-TV 5 had a nice story on family homelessness and the overflow problems in Cleveland. We have had seven months of overflow shelter for families. What month do we say this is no longer an overflow problem, but a lack of family bed problem. We closed Continue Life earlier this year, and West Side Catholic reduced the number of transitional beds for family. This is what happens when you cut back on beds available to families, you have to pay to transport and open up church basements for these emergencies.
The New York Times had a strange story about the feeding program. I understand presenting a balanced story, but this is just strange. The proponents of the law do not have any evidence or proof that feeding programs are "counterproductive." It is one side saying that laws against feeding are morally bankrupt and lead to unnecessarily going to jail for purely innocent behavior while the other side is saying, "but we don't like to see poor people lining up to eat."
A positive story from Vox media about the decline in uninsured individuals in the Lesbian and Gay community. Health insurance will also reduce homelessness in America when people aren't forced to decide between rent or medicine or food.
The National Center on Family Homelessness has found that one in 30 children are homeless in America. Since Ohio was right in the middle for the states around the national average, this would mean that 9,137 children were homeless in Cuyahoga County in 2013 and 88,323 were homeless in Ohio during the same time. NCFH uses the Department of Education definition of homelessness which includes those sleeping in garages and friend's basements while they search for housing.
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