0 Comments · Wednesday, September 5, 2012
When the stimulus package passed in 2009,
the federal government sent out funds that worked to prevent
homelessness. Local organization Strategies to End Homelessness used
some of this funding to help thousands of at-risk people and those who
are already homeless. But that funding will soon come to an end because
the stimulus package was only meant to be a temporary jolt to deal with
the Great Recession.
0 Comments · Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine
announced Aug. 23 that grant money will go to a local organization to
help homeless youth. Some of the money, which is taken from the State
Victims Assistance Act, will go to Cincinnati-based Lighthouse Youth
Services (LYS) to help victims of domestic violence, including gay,
lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth, between the ages of 18 and 24.
by German Lopez
Cincinnati organization gets grant money to combat homelessness
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced today that
grant money will go to a local organization to help homeless
youth. Some of the money, which is taken from the State Victims Assistance Act,
will go to Cincinnati-based Lighthouse Youth Services
(LYS) to help victims of domestic
violence, including gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth,
between the ages of 18 and 24.
"These kids don't have to live on the streets and wonder
every day where they'll be getting their next meal,” DeWine said in a
The grant money, which totals $430,000, will be shared
between the Cincinnati organization and The Next Step, another homeless
aid organization based in Geauga and Portage counties.
LYS, which helps about 2,200 people in the Greater Cincinnati area each day, will get $137,500 year per year for two years.
The money will primarily go to the Lighthouse on Highland facility, which is located in Clifton. Bob Mecum, CEO of
LYS, says the facility helps youth between the ages of 16 and 24 that
are typically victims of violence.
During the day, Lighthouse on Highland provides nursing,
showering, washing, food, shelter, computer and case-management
services. At night, the organization acts as a 28-bed shelter. On
the average day, the facility helps 10 to 30 people with its street
outreach services and 40 to 60 people with its on-site services. On the
typical night, 27 out of 28 beds are filled.
“Through this grant from the attorney general offices, the services out of the Highland location will be funded,” Mecum says.
On average, LGBT youth face greater homelessness rates.
Even though LGBT youth makes up only about 10 percent of the general
youth population, LGBT youth makes up about 20 percent of the homeless
youth population, according to the National Coalition of Homelessness.
LGBT youth are also twice as likely to experience sexual abuse by the
age of 12, and they’re about 7.4 times more likely to experience acts of
sexual violence than heterosexual youth.
by Hannah McCartney
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National charity to host design contest to feed the hungry
There's been some brilliant art made from some pretty bizarre mediums — hair, push pins, bullets, garbage, chewing gum. Look around downtown Cincinnati beginning next Tuesday and you'll find another unlikely art form — statues made specifically from canned goods and other non-perishable food. Expect to see five jumbo structures scattered around different locations downtown, including a giant Pac-Man and a huge bridge-like arch. Why the canned constructions? It's part of a competition called "Canstruction," an exhibit that's part of a national effort to combine the "spirit of a design contest with a way to feed the hungry." Canstruction is a national charity, and it holds the competition in more than 100 cities across the U.S. The event touts itself as a unique, engaging way to bring attention to the issue of hunger in Greater Cincinnati; the works become a free, giant art exhibit open to the public. This year marks the 15th annual food sculpture competition, and once the judging is complete, the structure's materials — all cans and non-perishable food — will benefit the Freestore Foodbank. Don't expect the works to be rinky-dink, either; the competitions is headed up by bigwigs in Cincinnati's professional architecture, engineering and design community. The sculptures are estimated to require a whopping 40,000 canned goods to complete and teams have a strict five-hour limit to build their structures. The "canstruction" race begins at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 28. Once the statues are up, they'll be on display until March 18. Visit the Cincinnati Canstruction website to find out where downtown you can spot the sculptures.
0 Comments · Wednesday, September 21, 2011
People who live on the
streets and have mental problems soon will get some much-needed help.
Greater Cincinnati Behavioral Health Services recently received a
$300,000 grant from the Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati to fund a
three-year joint project with the Cincinnati Health Network.
1 Comment · Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Last week's controversy about a homeless camp at the Hamilton County Courthouse and the subsequent proposal to tax panhandlers reminded a history buff like me of Barry Goldwater. When he accepted the Republican Party's presidential nomination in 1964, he famously said, "Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice." Wrong.
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.