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Growing Pains

Remedial efforts to combat and understand local food deserts strive to improve public health

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 12, 2013
When grocery store chain Aldi shuttered the doors of its Avondale location in 2008, the neighborhood didn’t just lose a community business. It lost a slice of its livelihood.    
by German Lopez 12.27.2012
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Morning News and Stuff

Youthful prisons get mixed report, Leis to stay on public payroll, shelter move approved

Despite problems with staff and records, a report is calling changes to Ohio’s youth prisons system a model for the nation. The report from a court-appointed monitor praised the Ohio Department of Youth Services for reducing the number of offenders in secure confinement and spreading services for youthful offenders around the state. However, the report also points out staff shortages, inadequate teachers and inconsistent medical records. Advocates for youthful offenders claim the bad findings show a need for continued court supervision. There’s a new sheriff in town, and the old one is becoming a visiting judge. Simon Leis, who served as sheriff for 25 years, is best known for going after an allegedly obscene Robert Mapplethorpe exhibit and prosecuting pornographer Larry Flynt. As visiting judge, he will take on cases other judges are assigned but can’t get to due to full dockets. An appeals court is allowing City Gospel Mission to move to Queensgate. The special assistance shelter wants to move from its current Over-the-Rhine property to Dalton Avenue, but businesses and property owners at Queensgate oppose the relocation. In its opinion, the Ohio First District Court of Appeals said opponents to the relocation “have not raised any genuine issues of material fact in support of their constitutional attack upon the notwithstanding ordinance in their capacity as neighboring businesses and property owners.” Butler County nonprofit services are worried that a greater need for their services in 2013 will force more budget tightening. U.S. retailers did not have a good Christmas. Holiday sales were at the lowest they’ve been since 2008. The disappointing sales have forced retailers to offer big discounts in hopes of selling excess inventory. Former president George H.W. Bush is in intensive care “following a series of setbacks including a persistent fever,” according to his spokesperson. The Food and Drug Administration says FrankenFish, a giant, genetically modified salmon, is environmentally safe. Fun fact: More Iranians worry about global warming than Americans.  Colleges are now helping students scrub their online footprints. Antifreeze now tastes bitter to deter animals and children from eating it. Scientists have developed a highly advanced robot boy capable of doing chores. Keep its face in mind, for you could be looking at the first of our future robot overlords.
 
 
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Community Forum to Discuss New Study on Homelessness

Winter is perhaps the most trying time of year for homeless Cincinnatians; the bitter cold isn't exactly inviting when you're not surrounded by four walls and a heap of blankets or proper clothing. This Thursday, a just-released study from the Family Homelessness and Housing Stability Task Force will be reviewed at the Christ Church Cathedral Undercroft during a community issues forum. Conversation is encouraged; ask questions and introduce concerns. The findings of the study will be explained and presented by Alice Skirtz, Chair of the Family Homelessness and Housing Stability Task Force, and Josh Spring, Executive Director of the Greater Cincinnati Coalition for the Homeless. The study, conducted over a year, examines family homelessness and housing instability in Hamilton County. According to Josh Spring, Director of the Greater Cincinnati Coalition for the Homeless, the report suggests a 73 percent increase in unemployed workers in Hamilton County from 2005 to 2010. The study culminated after a series of intimate focus groups with families suffering from or on the edge of homelessness across the county. Along with discussing the issues at hang, the forum will include recommendations for dealing with housing, unemployment and health care. The Greater Cincinnati Coalition for the Homeless seeks to eradicate homelessness in Cincinnati. The Homelessness and Housing Stability Taskforce was developed by GCCH to pool together resources to best evaluate and solve problems of homelessness across Cincinnati. The forum will be held Thursday, Feb. 23 at noon at Christ Church Cathedral Undercroft. 318 E. Fourth St. Bring a bagged lunch or purchase one for $5.50.
 
 

Homeless and Hurt Downtown

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Dear Maija, I'm homeless, but I've been working really hard on trying to get my life back together. (I used to play a trumpet outside of sporting events but some kids stole it one night after the Reds lost.) Lately I've been writing a lot, but I can't get my work published in the local homeless newspaper because all they seem to write about is how offensive you are.  

Homeless, Empowered, Married

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Though I’ve technically never been homeless, I realize that like so many people I’m really just a paycheck or two or a major illness or some unforeseen catastrophe from being in some serious financial ut-oh. Giving up sometimes seems like a great idea. Or getting a simpler job.  

Ending Us vs. Them

In search of a model for ending homelessness and promoting inclusion

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 20, 2009
For some homeless people, “three hots, a cot and some assistance” won’t get them off the streets and into permanent housing, according to Pat Clifford, executive director of the Drop Inn Center. Cincinnatians understand that, and he believes that’s what really inspired the Homeless to Homes report produced by the Cincinnati/Hamilton County Continuum of Care for the Homeless.  

'Nobody's Above the Law'

Rebel lawyer Jennifer Kinsley works to defend individual rights

2 Comments · Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Cincinnati Police officers were due to sweep a homeless camp on the riverfront, arguing the responsibility to guard public safety. But local attorney Jennifer Kinsley counter-argued First Amendment protections and won a restraining order, resulting in a conversation about how to approach homeless shelters here and across the U.S.  

It's Not the Hopeless Coalition

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 21, 2009
The Greater Cincinnati Coalition for the Homeless, where I work, likes to say it's an advocacy organization, distinguishing itself from agencies that provide direct service to clients. The distinction is valid, except for the fact that the Homeless Coalition offers some very important services: a place for homeless people to receive mail, to use a telephone, to have a cup of coffee or a drink of cold water. A place for homeless people to sit down for a few minutes in air conditioning or heat.   

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