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February 11th, 2009 By | News | Posted In: Community, Public Policy, Social Justice

Homlessness in 2009 - Family Style

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Since the late 1980s, Cincinnati’s homeless population has included a growing number of families with children, according to an announcement from the Christ Church Cathedral.

While shelters and other support services have come into existence to respond to this trend, awareness about the plight of homeless families with children isn’t well know.

So, the next Community Issues Forum will host Laura Osborne-Coffey, Social Service Director of Bethany House, and Bob Moore, Executive Director of the Interfaith Hospitality Network of Greater Cincinnati to share their perspectives on what their groups are experiencing with this population. There will also be time for questions.

Bethany House was established as a shelter in the 1980s to respond to the plight of homeless women with children. Over the years, it has expanded its shelter capacity while adding support services and transitional housing.

Also located in other cities, the Interfaith Hospitality Network is comprised of a coalition of churches that house homeless families in their buildings. The churches take turns providing shelter and meals and the families go to a central service center during the day.

This lunch forum takes place on Fed. 12, 12 p.m. at the Christ Church Cathedral Undercroft (318 East Fourth Street). Take a lunch or buy one for $5. For more information about the event or upcoming forums, got to www.airinc.org

 
 
 
 
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