"Earlier this year, an analysis of federal data found that for the first time in at least 50 years more than half of the public school children in America are living in poverty. In Ohio, the number is only 39 percent, but it still concerns school officials here who know that poor kids come to school carrying extra burdens. In recent years, education officials have been looking to brain research for answers on how to adjust curricula for such students."
"Cleveland may be proud of a resurgent downtown and of neighborhoods that boast cultural venues, restaurants and attractive new housing. But it's still a very tough place to grow up and try to get ahead if you're poor."
"Gov. John Kasich's budget will send more money to districts with low incomes, he and aides promoting his plan are saying."
"Critics say lower-income residents will benefit least from the proposal. Kasich’s budget allows for a tax exemption increase for as many as 3 million low-income Ohio workers. But that exemption would mean only an extra few dollars per paycheck for most low-income families, according to most analyses."
" Increase funding to public education, particularly to public schools in low-income communities: In 1997, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled that the funding was unconstitutionally inequitable between more affluent and poorer school districts in Ohio. This has never been remedied. Instead, in 2011, significant cuts were made to public education across Ohio."
"Many Ohio families could see a take-home pay increase of $2 to $3 a week under Gov. John Kasich's proposal to increase personal deductions for those making less than $80,000 a year."
"Even as Ohio’s private school vouchers remain dramatically underused, there appears to be no rush to re-examine their need. The state offers 60,000 EdChoice vouchers for children in struggling public schools, and fewer than one-third were used this school year, according to data released Friday by the Ohio Department of Education.
"Homeport, a nonprofit housing developer, plans to renovate 59 low-income apartments for seniors and families in Columbus' Short North and the area around Ohio State University this year."
"U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown on Wednesday proposed an alternative to payday loans that would allow low-income workers to claim part of their Earned Income Tax Credits when they need a cash boost. Brown's proposal isn't a new type of loan. Rather, it would allow the working poor to claim small bites of their tax credits midway through the year, rather than waiting to claim the entire credit at tax time."
"Ohioans – many of whom work multiple jobs while taking care of their children – deserve tax relief. And workers who lose their jobs or their pensions due to no fault of their own deserve help with health bills. While this makes sense to most Ohioans, too many Members of Congress may disagree. While some legislators don’t hesitate to give tax breaks to large corporations, they stop short of also providing workers with fair tax credits that will keep them out of poverty."
"Cristo Rey Columbus High School isn’t like other schools. As part of the 28 schools forming the Cristo Rey network (founded in 1995 in Chicago by Jesuit priest John P. Foley), this Columbus, Ohio private school takes underprivileged kids and gives them the opportunity to learn and work professionally for free."
“Two years after the remark helped paint Romney as a candidate with little sympathy for lower-income Americans, a number of Republicans considering a run for the presidency — including Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio — are talking about reducing poverty in the United States.”
“The number of Ohioans receiving public assistance continues to drop even while poverty increases, raising questions about how the state helps the poor.”
”Ohio children are doing better in school, but facing greater social obstacles — especially from poverty — according to a national report released Monday.”
“Ohio’s welfare rolls continue plunging to historic lows, stemming in part from the inability of some program applicants and benefit recipients to comply with work-activity requirements.”
“What is your image of a homeless person? Well, I will tell you what mine was before my arrival at Bethany House Services just 10 months ago. It was of a man shabbily dressed, standing on a street corner with a cardboard sign asking for money. This stereotypical image of homelessness is far from accurate.”
“Greater Cincinnati, like much of the country, is experiencing an unprecedented surge in the number of homeless families living on the streets and in crowded shelters.”
“Ohio’s decision to expand Medicaid has led to a decline in the number of uninsured, added jobs and improved access to cholesterol screenings, mammograms and other preventive care, a new report says.”
“Ohio's decision to expand Medicaid has resulted in a sharp decline in the number of uninsured patients showing up for free treatment at local hospitals. But hospital officials were quick to point out the savings on so-called charity care for low-income patients must be balanced against financial pressures in other areas of operation before they can determine the true impact on their bottom lines.”
“Gov. John Kasich on Monday signed a budget-update bill that includes two increased tax breaks for low-income Ohioans – tax breaks that have divided some poverty advocates.”
“The city of Middletown has been trying for several years to push out its poor. Hundreds of pages of documents and court records obtained by The Enquirer in an investigation provided a glimpse of Middletown's plan to get rid of Section 8 tenants – a move that one national public policy expert called ‘perverse.’”
“A southwest Ohio city has been trying for several years to push out poor residents, threatening tenants with losing assistance if they have delinquent water bills and discussing putting some landlords of low-income housing through extra bureaucracy in hopes they’ll leave, according to an investigation by The Cincinnati Enquirer. “
“Despite a documented dearth of high-quality preschool programs for low-income Columbus children, a $5 million city program to pay for 600 new pre-kindergarten spots is on track to create just 245.”
“Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley does not foresee following in the footsteps of Seattle Mayor Ed Murray in proposing a significantly higher minimum wage for businesses that operate in the city.”
“Access to health insurance varies widely by geography, age, race and economic level, new data from the Greater Cincinnati Community Health Survey shows. Adults age 18 to 29, minorities and people in poverty were all less likely to have insurance, according to the poll.”
“The state is taking preliminary steps toward notifying Ohio’s veterans who are currently enrolled in the state’s Medicaid program that they could qualify for a potentially richer set of federal health-care benefits.”
“Gov. John Kasich tapped more than $1.6 million in unused welfare funds this week to finance a host of programs for poor children, mothers and ex-convicts. The bulk of the money — up to $1 million — will go to After-School All-Stars, which provides after-school programs for low-income, at-risk youths, under an executive order signed by the governor on Wednesday.”
“A new program aims to steer single men and women who are homeless around the obstacles that keep them returning to shelters, where beds are at a premium.”
“The graduation gaps in Ohio merit an urgent response. The gap between white students and African-Americans in Ohio is 25 percentage points; among whites and Hispanics, it is 18 percentage points. If you are a student from a middle- or high-income family in Ohio, your chances of graduating on time are nearly 9 in 10. If you come from a low-income family or are a student with a disability, your chances are just 68 percent.”
“Nearly two decades after welfare reform attempted to help the poor find work and self-sufficiency, Ohio GOP leaders want to give it another shot.”
“According to Media Trackers, if several members of the state legislature have their way the minimum wage in Ohio will go from $7.95 to $10.10 per hour.”
“Nearly 50 percent of all African Americans, 41 percent of Latinos, and 21 percent of Caucasians in Lucas County are currently living below poverty level, according to the latest U.S. Census Bureau estimates; proof that it’s past time for the state and federal minimum wage to be increased from $7.95 per hour to $10.10 per hour so that people can make a livable wage, county and city officials said during a news conference today.”
“Recently a woman called to report that her Medicaid coverage had been terminated three times by her caseworker at Montgomery County Department of Job and Family Services (MCDJFS). The woman had filed for three state hearings on the matter, but it was still not resolved.”
“When Medicaid expansion was approved in Ohio late last year, lawmakers had several ideas for using the $400 million gain in the state budget: offer a tax cut, pay down Ohio’s federal unemployment debt, help local governments or fund drug treatment and veterans services.”
“Since Ohio decided to expand Medicaid under the federal health-care law last fall, 200,000 low-income residents have applied for coverage.”
“More than 515,000 additional Ohioans would be eligible for an expanded federal tax credit for low-income working Americans under President Barack Obama’s proposed budget. “
“Using his record 15th State of the City address to stump for ideas to improve Columbus, Mayor Michael B. Coleman pledged yesterday to raise more people out of poverty and spend millions for more preschool education.”
“Landing time in an Ohio prison could also soon get you help enrolling into health care coverage under Obamacare. Ohio is among a small but growing number of states working to enroll prisoners into Medicaid when they get sick and as they are being released.”
“A new state report shows that more than 23,000 low-income Ohioans have enrolled in Medicaid under an expansion of the taxpayer-funded program.”
“For a child who is being abused and neglected every day, every hour, every minute counts. Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal and State Sen. Renee Unterman are leading the charge to improve Georgia's child welfare system, building upon proven reforms that are right for children who enter the foster system.”
“U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown was in town Monday lobbying for a bill he introduced that would expand a program giving tax credits to lower-income workers.”
“Financial security remains elusive for almost half of Ohio households, which often are one medical issue, pink slip or other crisis away from plunging into severe poverty, according to a new report from the Corporation for Enterprise Development.”
“A $66 million state effort launched six months ago to find jobs for welfare recipients has so far come up with work for only 257 Ohioans — three-fourths of them earning $10 an hour or less.”
“The area is just one of at least a dozen spots that homeless people are known to camp out, but the footprints led them in a semicircle back up to the driveway.”
“A group of not-for-profit organizations conducted an informal survey in Richland County on Tuesday and indicated homelessness continues to trend upward in the area.”
“It’s too early to tell whether expanding Medicaid in Ohio is living up to its promise of offering health insurance coverage to hundreds of thousands of low-income residents, but it’s clear that many of southwest Ohio’s most vulnerable residents are being drawn to the program with hopes of a better future.”
“At the beginning of the War on Poverty, 37 percent of our elderly were poor. Today the rate is 9 percent, a 76 percent decline.”
“Organizers of the annual count of people who are homeless are hoping to get a more accurate picture of the local population.”
“The state offers 60,000 vouchers for children in struggling public schools each year, and fewer than one-third were used this school year. In June, as part of the state budget bill, the Legislature created 2,000 vouchers for low-income kindergartners across the state. Slightly more than half of those were claimed.”
“Joseph's Home gives homeless men with acute medical problems a place to stabilize by giving them shelter, often for months at a time.”
“A planned hike in the minimum wage for the new year isn’t expected to rock too many boats locally.”
“The start of the new year Wednesday also marks the start of a new era for thousands of Ohioans, many of them the state’s working poor, who up to now have been unable to get health care insurance.”
“Ohio’s minimum wage will go up 10 cents Jan. 1, thanks to Ohio voters who approved a state question years ago to include cost of living adjustments.”
“Employees of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and McDonald’s are often the largest recipients of aid in their states. McDonald’s recently found itself in the spotlight courtesy of its ‘McResource’ line — the company program that helps its poverty-level, full-time employees enroll in various welfare programs. A recording of that McResource line sparked outrage, driving this issue into public view.”
“Ohio’s 330,000 minimum wage workers will see their pay climb 10 cents to $7.95 an hour beginning Jan. 1 when the automatic hike takes effect.”
“The lines are longer and the visitors more desperate these days at Cincinnati’s SuperJobs Center, where the unemployed seek help looking for work. Their search is more urgent because the long-term unemployment benefits that have sustained many of them for a year or more will expire Jan. 1, leaving 76,000 people in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana without a big slice of their incomes.”
“The Ohio Supreme Court denied a request Friday from several state organizations hoping to reverse Medicaid expansion in Ohio.”
“Partridge and his wife, Anne, are co-chairs of the current United Way of Central Ohio campaign. Last month, the fundraising agency’s board of trustees adopted a plan that aims to distill both the mission and message to one simple, straightforward focus: building pathways out of poverty.”
“Gill said juvenile court and children services are working together on a grant-funded project called the ‘Crossover Initiative’ based on identifying the point at which a youth involved with the child-welfare system crosses over to the juvenile-justice system.”
“Candles burn in the Trinity Episcopal Church Downtown for each of the 44 known homeless and formerly homeless people who died in central Ohio in 2013.”
“Supporters of expanding Medicaid health coverage to thousands of poor Ohioans have abandoned efforts to put the issue before Ohio voters.”
“The state opened registration Monday for people who beginning in January can get health insurance through an expanded Medicaid program.”
“The state says its Medicaid portal is tested and ready to go Monday, when thousands of newly-eligible Ohioans will be able to sign up for the health-insurance program.”
“In January of 2013, the Blue Valley Community Action Partnership Board endorsed promoting increases in the minimum wage as one of its advocacy priorities. The current $7.25 per hour rate is below the poverty rate ($15,080 annual gross minimum wage versus $15,510 poverty rate for two person family). The ‘tip’ minimum wage is even less at $2.13 per hour and has been at that rate for a dozen years without any increases.”
“As holiday shoppers rush the stores, some Democratic lawmakers want to shine a light on how many retail and food-service workers get public assistance despite their employment.”
“Welfare rolls increased last month for the first time since the state began cracking down on job and work-training requirements.”
“Welfare rolls in Ohio increased last month for the first time since the state began cracking down on federal requirements that most adult recipients spend 30 hours a week working, going to school or training for a job, or actively trying to find employment.”
“A study showing a 4 percent drop in the number of homeless people in the United States was heralded by federal officials yesterday, but local homeless advocates say Franklin County’s problem is much larger than the report reflects.”
“Walmart, enmeshed in a debate over low wages highlighted by a food drive for employees at a Canton store, can significantly raise the salaries of sales clerks and other workers without having to find additional money for the pay hikes, says a research brief by a think tank.”
“Three months after being relocated from Interstate 65 underpasses in Jeffersonville for the Ohio River Bridges Project, a group of homeless people are learning they’ll have to pick up camp and move from a nearby wooded area in Clarksville.”
“The only one of its kind in the region, the center offers medical care to homeless people who need a safe place to heal after a surgery, broken bone, or any medical setback.”
“Reacting to a recent change in state policy, Cuyahoga County officials expect to spend $800,000 on employee overtime before the end of the year in a scramble to evaluate whether 29,000 people will remain on food stamp rolls.”
“Social service agencies worry cuts to the federal food stamp program that went into effect earlier this month will put an additional strain on local food pantries as more people seek relief.”
“Ohio’s new formula for school funding is yielding an unexpected result in Southwest Ohio: Districts with the most minority students will get less state aid per student next year than less diverse districts, an Enquirer analysis shows.”
“Cutting the nation's food stamp program while some Americans are still reeling from the job losses and home foreclosures triggered by the Great Recession is unconscionable.”
“State attorneys defended a decision to accept federal funds to expand Medicaid to 275,000 low-income, uninsured Ohioans, rebutting legal claims that the move violated state law or the Ohio Constitution.”
“Ohio’s seven-member Controlling Board may have voted two weeks ago to expand Medicaid in Ohio, but a slew of new bills and a pending Ohio Supreme Court case are seeking to ensure the board doesn’t get the last word.”
“Recent data released from the U.S. Census Bureau shows that one in six Ohioans were living in poverty in 2012.”
“Starting Friday, about 1.8 million Ohio food stamp recipients will have to make do with lower monthly benefits because a temporary boost in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program has expired.”
“John Kasich, the Republican governor of Ohio, has done some surprising things lately. First, he did an end run around his state’s Legislature — controlled by his own party — to proceed with the federally funded expansion of Medicaid that is an important piece of Obamacare. Then, defending his action, he let loose on his political allies, declaring, ‘I’m concerned about the fact there seems to be a war on the poor. That, if you’re poor, somehow you’re shiftless and lazy.’”
“Gov. John Kasich defended his decision to turn to a legislative board to push through an expansion of Medicaid as the Ohio Supreme Court agreed Thursday to speed up its consideration of a lawsuit over the move.”
“The controversy surrounding the Medicaid expansion that Gov. John Kasich obtained by going through the state Controlling Board is over, as far as the governor is concerned.”
“From 2007 to 2012 - a span that covered the start of the Great Recession and a supposed economic recovery - the median income for Ohio’s 4.6 million households fell by almost $4,800, after adjustment for inflation.”
“Through the haze of partisan finger-pointing, shameless hypocrisy and baffling behavior, somehow the right thing got done last week. A handful of Republicans and Democrats took a break from their perpetual cat fight and enabled Ohio to join 24 other states that are taking federal Obamacare money to expand Medicaid coverage for poor and mostly childless adults.”
“About 600,000 poor, uninsured Ohioans are expected to enroll in Medicaid in the next 18 months, a surge that will test the state’s new computer system for determining eligibility.”
“After months of debates, delays and political hand-wringing, Ohio will expand Medicaid to cover 275,000 low-income residents.”
“Ohio Governor John Kasich’s nine-month battle with the conservative wing of the Ohio Republican Party has ended, and as a result, around 300,000 more low-income people will receive Medicaid.”
“As a Republican chairman of the House Budget Committee in the 1990s, John R. Kasich wielded a ferocious budget ax. On Monday, as Ohio’s governor, Mr. Kasich defied his party’s majorities in the state legislature to push through a multibillion dollar expansion of Medicaid under President Obama’s health care law.”
“Ohio agreed Monday to offer Medicaid to about 300,000 more low-income people, a major victory for Gov. John Kasich over fellow Republicans who control the state legislature and oppose the expansion.”
“After months of debate, an Ohio body has voted to accept federal funds to expand Medicaid coverage to another 275,000 Ohioans.”
“Poverty. Not a pretty topic for a Monday morning but it is growing in our community. If you look carefully, you will see it everywhere you go in Ashtabula County.”
“The state Controlling Board on Monday approved a spending request from Gov. John Kasich’s administration that clears the way for the state to expand Medicaid to cover Ohio’s working poor.”
“Ohio became the 25th state to expand Medicaid after a controversial 5-2 vote Monday by a little-known legislative panel. Critics are already vowing to challenge the vote in court.”
“After a seven-person state board votes on Monday, Ohio is expected to become the 25th state to expand Medicaid under President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act.”
“The country’s top health official said Thursday that Ohio would forgo $26 billion in federal money over 10 years for health care if state officials do not expand federal- and state-funded health insurance to more low-income residents.”
“This grand initiative to help empower 10 percent of the greater Columbus community and help them to help themselves out of poverty, is seen as a tipping point to frontally attack core challenges leading to poverty and help our region reach a tipping point in addressing these challenges.”
“Ohio Gov. John Kasich is turning to a powerful but little-known legislative panel to do what his fellow Republican lawmakers in the General Assembly wouldn't: expand Medicaid.”
“A Marysville senator wants to use heightened scrutiny and more accountability to reduce Ohio Medicaid expenses. After hearings this summer and work on the issue dating back to 2009, Sen. Dave Burke rolled out a Medicaid reform bill yesterday that would require monthly per-member costs to increase by no more than 3 percent, down from the current projections of 4.6 percent.”
“When the state’s health exchange opens on Tuesday, more than 900,000 uninsured Ohioans who earn between 100 percent and 400 percent of the federal poverty level will qualify for tax credits to lower the cost of insurance. But those with lower annual incomes — less than $11,500 a year — will get no help unless they currently qualify for Medicaid.”
“Facing the growing likelihood that Republican legislators will not pass Medicaid expansion this fall, Gov. John Kasich is preparing for possible implementation of broader coverage without full legislative approval.”
“From 2011 to 2012, poverty and income levels in the Columbus metropolitan area remained virtually the same, according to statistics released today by the U.S. Census Bureau.”
“School report cards released last month showed a near straight-line correlation between poverty and state test scores, according to data released Monday by several Ohio education groups.”
“Welfare reform was widely seen as a bipartisan success after being signed into law by President Bill Clinton in the 1990s. It’s only sensible for Ohio to return to that law’s requirement that those who receive assistance from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program be required to work or take job training.”
“High school dropouts often must work multiple jobs. Many receive government support including food stamps and Medicaid. Some run into trouble with the law. In Ohio, about eight in 10 people entering the Ohio prison system do not have a high school diploma or a GED, according to the state. Early intervention is crucial to combat the dropout issue, experts said.”
“There’s an increasingly common ritual at suburban schools on Fridays. It has nothing to do with football games or pep rallies. Instead, more and more kids are picking up bags of food to make sure they don’t go hungry over the weekend.”
“Gov. John Kasich’s administration will limit food stamps for more than 130,000 adults in all but a few economically depressed areas starting Jan. 1.”
“A new report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture says more than 1 in 6 Ohio households faced ‘food insecurity’ from 2010 to 2012, up 6.3 percentage points from a decade earlier, 2000 to 2002. Only in Missouri and Nevada did hunger increase more during that time.”
“Advocates for expanding Medicaid are moving to put the issue before Ohio voters in November 2014 if state lawmakers do not act on the matter.”
“House Democrats on Wednesday questioned whether their Republican counterparts are serious about working out solutions for Medicaid or just stringing them along.”
“When Republican leaders at the Statehouse mean business (say, curbing abortion access), they move with impressive speed. But watch the Kabuki dance they have performed on the question of Medicaid expansion, and one has to conclude they must not mean business.”
“A central Ohio lawmaker is renewing efforts to require adults seeking welfare to pass a drug test. Sen. Tim Schaffer plans to introduce legislation today that would establish a drug-testing pilot program for Ohio Works First applicants.”
“Representatives from Aetna Better Health of Ohio, Buckeye Community Health Plan and other private insurers - who contract with the state to enroll Medicaid recipients in health plans that they administer - told the subcommittee that while the Medicaid system may be flawed, providing health coverage for low-income residents is better than leaving them with no coverage because the cost to care for the uninsured falls on the state.”
“If, as Cato implies, too many Ohioans are opting for welfare rather than work because Ohio offers welfare clients such a sweet deal, that would mean that Republicans -- who have run the General Assembly and governor’s office for most of the last 20 years -- let that happen. And that’s no more believable than the Cato report’s generalizations.”
“Dayton will be at the center of the debate over expanding Medicaid in Ohio today as members of Senate Finance Subcommittee on Medicaid gather downtown to hear final testimony in the last of a series of statewide hearings on the issue.”
“This school year, for the first time, EdChoice is helping a different kind of student, those who live in low-income homes but who don’t attend or live near poorly performing public schools. This expanded EdChoice program will give vouchers to students whose family income is at or below twice the 2012 federal poverty line, or $46,100 for a family of four.”
“The explosive growth of food stamps over the past several years is reason for worry about the impact of a weak economy and a resulting growth in dependency. Another inherent danger is that government programs are notoriously inefficient, and invite more fraud the bigger they get, including scams perpetrated in Ohio.”
“Thousands of poor pregnant women, parents and disabled workers would lose tax-funded health coverage under a Cincinnati-area Republican’s proposal to slash Medicaid eligibility.”
“Newly appointed Family Promise of Bradley County Director Eva VanHook is fighting against more than just the trials of a new position. She is challenging the deeply ingrained stereotypes of the homeless held by local residents.”
“Hamilton County has experienced a sharp increase in family homelessness this summer compared with the same period a year ago. In July, 423 separate families contacted a hotline, known as the Central Access Point (CAP), and asked for emergency shelter. That number is up 31 percent from the 322 families that called in July 2012.”
“The statistics are disheartening and appear to run counter to the American Dream: Those born into poverty are unlikely to climb out and join the upper ranks of financial success. A nationwide study found that Columbus and the rest of Ohio were tough places for those born poor to make the leap to being top earners in adulthood.”
“About 1.8 million Ohioans who receive food stamps will see a reduction in benefits when a boost to the federal program following the nation's economic downturn expires in November.”
“Frustrated by the inaction of state GOP leaders, a Democratic senator introduced another bill to expand Medicaid yesterday, this one including many Republican-sought changes to the health-care program for poor and disabled Ohioans.”
“Once they proudly served their country. Now they’re looking for roofs over their heads. In recent years women veterans have been showing up at homeless shelters in increasing numbers, despite declines in the homeless population nationwide.”
“Poverty and hunger have always affected a diverse population, and Ohioans of all races, ages and parts of the state receive food assistance. This run counter to what experts say is a stereotypical view of food stamp recipients - that they are mostly inner-city minorities.”
“Poverty and hunger have always affected a diverse population, and Ohioans of all races, ages and parts of the state receive food assistance. This run counter to what experts say is a stereotypical view of food stamp recipients - that they are mostly inner-city minorities.”
“Advocates for Medicaid expansion are hoping Ohio lawmakers will pass a bill yet this fall but they are quietly doing their homework to put the question to voters in 2014 in case legislators don't act.”
“Local labor and community groups will be part of rallies taking place nationally Wednesday in support of raising the federal minimum wage. July 24 marks the fourth year since the last federal minimum-wage increase. A bill before Congress would raise the hourly minimum to $10.10 from the current $7.25.”
“Ohio’s Governor John Kasich made some attention-getting comments this week about poverty and poor neighborhoods. ‘We are seeing some of the heartbreaking results of poverty in our community today,’ Kasich said, just a few miles away from the East Cleveland neighborhood where three women were found dead over the weekend.
“Up to 2,000 Ohio kindergartners from low-income families will be able to use state vouchers for private-school tuition this fall, thanks to a provision in the state budget approved last month.”
“Employees at some of Ohio's largest companies increasingly rely on public assistance such as food stamps and Medicaid, illustrating the cost to taxpayers from an economy where low wages and limited hours are mainstays in many households.”
“Homeless women seeking refuge from hot, dangerous streets are being put on waiting lists that stretch as long as two weeks, advocates say. Those advocates are asking the Community Shelter Board and city officials to do more to add temporary shelter beds and shorten the wait, with this week’s temperatures in the 90s and a heat index that made it feel like more than 100 degrees.”
“Fewer lower-income disabled and elderly Ohioans will qualify for federal help to battle the heat this summer because of cuts to a program that gives people air conditioners and help with their electric bills.
Those who use the program say it's desperately needed. People wait in line through the night at the office where the program is administered in Dayton, trying to keep their utilities from being shut off in the sweltering heat.”
“A lack of available beds for senior citizens in the Kentucky area neighboring Ohio is increasingly forcing many to move north of the Ohio river, according to The Cincinnati Enquirer. The newspaper's investigation showed that Ohio taxpayers shell out more than $6 million per year for the Kentucky patients covered by Medicaid. Sixty percent of the cost is paid using federal dollars and the rest is picked up by the state.”
“Four central Ohio agencies learned this week that they will receive almost $2.5 million in federal grants to battle veteran homelessness. The funds are the first to be awarded in the Columbus area from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ 3-year-old Supportive Services for Families program.”
“Vincent de Paul Social Services Inc. was awarded a $757,000 federal grant to fight homelessness among hundreds of veterans in southwest Ohio. The charity has targeted helping at least 252 veterans in the region with housing and needs such as transportation and financial planning, said David Bohardt, executive director of the St. Vincent de Paul in Dayton.”
“Advocates argue that expanding Medicaid would make another 275,000 additional low-income Ohioans eligible for government health care, saving employers from either paying for insurance for some of those people or from paying millions in federal penalties. The federal government has offered to pay for 100 percent of costs for newly eligible Medicaid enrollees for three years, and then gradually scale back to 90 percent after that, an estimated $13 billion over seven years.”
“Woodrum said the median income of a female-headed household in the Cleveland area is $21,802, or less than 40 percent of what Policy Matters says the family should make in order to get by. The federal poverty line for a family of four is $23,550, she said. Woodrum discussed the data during a conference call done with Fight for a Fair Economy Ohio, a project of Service Employees International Union District 1199, which is lobbying to raise the federal minimum wage.”
“As part of the preconstruction process, an impact study showed that tolling the bridges would disproportionately affect minority and low-income groups. As a result, the states are collecting input on how to mitigate the disproportionate financial strain placed on those populations.”
“The recession hit Ohio hard, and the lingering effects continue to be toughest on children. A quarter now live in poverty, or less than $20,000 a year for a family of three. Ohio ranks 24th among states in an annual report card on the well-being of children released today by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.”
“Democrats and some moderate Republicans support expanding Medicaid using federal money - about $13 billion over seven years, which would provide coverage to as many as 366,000 additional low-income residents. That would include Ohioans who earn up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level, or about $15,400 per year for an individual and $32,000 per year for a family of four.”
“A coalition of businesses, mental health advocates and religious groups continued calls on Thursday for state legislators to expand Medic-aid eligibility. They said not doing so will leave billions in federal money on the table while preventing 275,000 low-income Ohioans from an opportunity to receive public health care and exposing businesses to upcoming penalties for uninsured employees that take effect on Jan. 1.”
“A majority of Ohioans favor expanding Medicaid, a new poll for the Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati shows. The poll released Friday shows 63.1 percent of adults support the expansion, while 30 percent are opposed and 6.9 percent don’t know.”
“Legal Aid lawyers provide income for low-income people by assuring that they are not denied a public benefit to which they are entitled, or by removing a legal impediment keeping them from getting a job (at least 120 Northern Kentuckians per year). Legal Aid lawyers and paralegals help low-income people have access to health care by enrolling them in Medicare and Medicaid (at least 400 Northern Kentuckians per year).”
“We followed Ronald Reagan's lead and found ways to provide a better service at a lower cost. First, Reagan was fiscally responsible, but he was also pragmatic and compassionate. That's why I have pushed to move forward with a plan to expand Medicaid while protecting Ohio's economic recovery. Extending health care coverage to 275,000 low-income Ohioans — including 26,000 veterans — builds on what we have done.”
“Tens of thousands of uninsured veterans, mentally ill residents and other poor Ohioans will be caught in a coverage gap if state legislators refuse to expand Medicaid. Nearly 240,000 of the poorest Ohioans will be ineligible for tax-funded health care or federal subsidies to buy private insurance — which will be available to those with higher incomes next year when the new federal health-care law requires most Americans to have coverage or pay a tax penalty — a state-commissioned analysis estimates. ‘They are the poorest of the poor,’ said Cathy Levine, co-chair of Ohio Consumers for Health Coverage.”
“Lawmakers are scrambling to put forth alternative Medicaid expansion proposals after tossing aside Gov. John Kasich’s plan just weeks ago. But it’s unclear whether any of the new bills will clear the substantial hurdles: satisfy key business groups, gain federal approval, appease anti-Obamacare conservatives and win over a majority vote in both the House and Senate.”
“Ohio is among the states still undecided about expansion, which would extend Medicaid coverage to about 366,000 residents earning up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level, or about $32,000 annually for a family of four. The federal government would pay the full cost of expansion for the first three years and at least 90 percent of Medicaid billing in subsequent years. Gov. John Kasich has made Medicaid expansion a centerpiece in his state budget, but a Republican-led legislature took it out of the budget.”
“Approximately 60 Columbus-area homeless veterans will soon find permanent homes, thanks to funding from the U.S. Departments of Housing and Urban Development and Veterans Affairs. The Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority will receive $320,854 in the form of 60 vouchers in early June to help homeless veterans find places to live.”
“Responding to concerns that Kasich's plan did nothing to lift the poor out of poverty, Sears said her bill calls for more personal responsibility by requiring recipients to provide co-payments for certain services, promoting job training to move unemployed recipients into the work force, and providing drug treatment to those who abuse narcotics.”
“A top Republican lawmaker is asking Gov. John Kasich not to kill a House-passed budget amendment that would provide $665,000 a year for central Ohio’s only drop-in center for homeless youths.”
“The report by the New America Foundation, a research group based in Washington, D.C., analyzed U.S. Education Department data showing the ‘net price’ — the amount students pay after grants and scholarships have been exhausted — for low-income students at thousands of colleges nationwide for the 2010-11 school year.”
“In Columbus, the poor in the city still far outnumber those in the suburbs, but the latter group is growing faster. The study found that nearly 100,000 poor people were living in suburbs in 2011, an 87 percent increase from 2000. The poor population in the city grew by 75.7 percent, to nearly 280,000.”
“The clinic at the downtown homeless shelter — which provides free vision care and glasses to those without health insurance — sees more than 1,500 patients annually. It also serves another purpose: to educate the fourth-year students in the Ohio State University College of Optometry who, under the supervision of Nerderman, staff the clinic on its three open days a week.”
“The village council unanimously supports the plan, but Wilson opposes putting a 50-unit apartment complex amid the village’s largest subdivision. So he refused to sign paperwork that would have scored more points for the proposal as the Ohio Housing Financing Agency evaluates which projects will receive federal assistance to build affordable housing.”
“[M]ost individuals or families first come into contact with a system of services, as opposed to simply appearing on the streets one day. Fearful of finding themselves in such a situation, they reach out for help in advance, frequently by contacting an emergency assistance agency or the United Way’s 211 help line.”
“Homelessness is a growing problem in Lancaster. Law enforcement and social service agency officials say, for some, homelessness is a permanent state and some individuals prefer homelessness. But for others, if they simply reach out, programs are available to help them on their journey.”
“About 20,000 low-income residents across Northern Kentucky will be newly eligible for Medicaid coverage under an expanded program that will begin in 2014. Gov. Steve Beshear on Thursday announced his plans to expand the joint state-federal health care program, a move that will extend coverage to some 308,000 additional Kentuckians with incomes up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level, or nearly $15,860 for individuals.”
“The proposed expansion remains stalled, as Republican lawmakers have sidelined Gov. John Kasich's proposal to extend coverage to hundreds of thousands of working poor residents. Leaders in the GOP-controlled House and Senate say they need more time than the state budget process allows to mull over expanding Medicaid, an option under the federal Affordable Care Act.”
“The U.S. Housing and Urban Development awarded $1.2 million to support homeless housing and service programs in Ohio. The funding went to 11 groups including several in the Dayton area.”
“Like much of the nation, Ohio has slashed enrollment and funding in public preschool for children in low-income families, according to a report released today. State aid for preschool dropped by more than half a billion dollars in the 2011-2012 school year, the largest one-year drop ever, found the study by the National Institute for Early Education Research which has tracked state pre-kindergarten programs since 2002.”
“Slesnick and program coordinator Jeana Patterson said a big chunk of the state money would be used to move the program to a better site. ‘We’ve asked for what we need to make it right for the kids,’ Slesnick said. Star House is not a shelter but a respite and resource center that offers food, showers and computer use in addition to help with employment, housing, bus passes and mental-health services.”
“Learning those skills in preschool - things like listening skills, vocabulary, sharing, focusing - add up to ‘kindergarten readiness,’ which some studies show is critically important to a child's future success. Especially children who come from low-income families - and about 85 percent of these students do.”
“The debate over how to alter the Medicaid program and cover more low-income Ohioans is not over, but the expansion is dead as it relates to the two-year state budget, Senate President Keith Faber said yesterday.”
“Supporters of expanding Medicaid coverage to hundreds of thousands of low-income Ohioans say they'll take the issue to the November ballot, should the state General Assembly fail to make a move by this fall. Republican leaders in the House and Senate so far have rejected Gov. John Kasich's proposal to accept $13 billion in federal money to expand Medicaid to up to 366,000 low-income residents.”
“The region is at odds with itself as it tries to figure out how to meet the 21st century. And with powers over land use and zoning controlled by roughly 400 local governments in 12 counties, it is ill-equipped to figure out how to address the fact that it’s consuming more and more land with sprawl development, while losing the population — and thus the taxpayers — needed to pay for it all.”
“Ohio would get $9.5 million for weatherization next year under a program proposed by President Barack Obama. The program would identify low-income houses and provide improvements to their houses to increase energy efficiency. The Department of Energy estimates such improvements would save these families $250 to $450 per year on energy bills.”
“The nation’s largest cash-assistance program for the working poor has doubled in size since the 1990s and is plagued with an overpayment rate of up to 25 percent, one of the largest error rates of all federal programs, a Dayton Daily News analysis has found.”
“Policy Matters Ohio, a Cleveland-based nonpartisan research firm, said in a report released Monday that the state should consider a credit on sales taxes for low-income families, estimating 700,000 Ohioans making less than $18,000 a year would be hit hard by an expansion of state sales tax proposed by Ohio Gov. John Kasich.”
“Springfield receives the largest cut of federal funding locally at nearly $8 million, including more than $5 million through Title I. With potential cuts of 5 percent in July and an additional 8 percent in October, Miller said the district stands to lose nearly $1 million in federal funding.”
“Faber said he shares House GOP concerns about the federal government's long-term commitment to funding the expansion to 138 percent of the federal poverty level, particularly if it runs significant deficits. The expansion, Kasich has argued, would bring $13 billion in taxpayer money to Ohio from Washington over seven years to provide health care for 275,000 low-income Ohioans and save an estimated $400 million over two years.”
“The Circles Campaign is a transformational approach that partners volunteers and community leaders with underserved families. With the help and friendship of these allies, each family sets and achieves goals based on their own needs.”
“Kasich, who has proposed expanding Medicaid to cover Ohioans who earn up to 138 percent of the poverty level, has been firing back at fellow Republicans who oppose his plan and pitching the proposed expansion around the state in hopes of building support. It faces a tough sell with conservative GOP lawmakers.”
“The Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority Board of Commissioners agreed Tuesday evening to scatter 32 additional public housing units throughout Green Township in order to meet a demand by the federal government to provide more low-income housing there.”
“Ohio Gov. John Kasich is negotiating a plan with the federal government to use the money originally intended to expand Medicaid eligibility to about 366,000 Ohioans to instead buy private insurance for new enrollees on state health exchanges expected to go on-line in October.”
“A newly updated map from the U.S. Department of Agriculture outlines areas where low-income residents must travel more than one mile in urban settings or 10 miles in rural settings to reach a supermarket with healthful foods. These spaces are called food deserts, and they're a blight for residents, government officials and businesses, said Johnnie ‘Chip’ Allen, director of health equity at the Ohio Department of Health.”
“The number of homeless adults living on the streets in Montgomery County has dropped by nearly 14 percent, according to a federally mandated homeless census that was taken earlier this year. The number of unsheltered single adults dropped to 56 this year from 65 counted during last year's Homeless Point-In-Time Count for Dayton and Montgomery County.”
“Chronic absenteeism - kids missing more than 10 percent of the school year, or about 18 days - is just as big a problem as mobility, according to reports from states or districts that track that data. In 2011-12, more than 2,300 K-3 students in Greater Cincinnati fell into that category, according to the fledgling Read On! Attendance Collaborative. The coalition of non-profit education and community groups is starting to track absenteeism for the first time.”
“Several state and local officials backed a controversial plan to expand Medicaid insurance coverage Friday, saying the plan would help provide health benefits to thousands of the state's working poor, including about 2,000 residents in Champaign County.”
“Heritage said the 190-bed shelter, which sparked opposition and a lawsuit before it opened in January next to a day-care center, won’t become a permanent site for the system’s winter needs. Although the day-care center dropped the lawsuit, and recent relations with the neighborhood have been good, Heritage said, officials think the western Franklin County location is problematic.”
“The CareSource Foundation has awarded its first round of quarterly grants for 2013, giving more than $770,000 to 29 nonprofit groups. The CareSource Foundation invests in non-profit organizations that focus on critical trends in children's health, community health issues, special needs populations and strategies to address the medically uninsured throughout Ohio.”
“Social Security prevents many older Ohioans of color from falling deep into poverty. The importance of the program to minorities should not be overlooked during discussions on whether or how to reform the system, experts said. ‘We know that savings and 401(k) balances are inadequate, and that is why Social Security matters, no matter if you are white, black or Latino,’ said Kimberly Blanton, author of the Squared Away Blog at the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College. ‘But it is even more important for low-income people, which often means minorities.’”
“Programs working to reduce homelessness in Greene, Warren, Miami and Montgomery counties have been awarded a combined $7.3 million in grant renewals by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.”
“Conservative groups urged legislators yesterday to reject Gov. John Kasich's plan to extend tax-funded Medicaid coverage to 275,000 more poor Ohioans, arguing it would be costly and do little to reduce the number of the uninsured.”
“Superintendents and treasurers from low-income, rural school districts across the state gathered at the Statehouse yesterday to push for significant changes to a funding formula they say punishes their students.”
“Welcome as Medicaid expansion is, Ohioans getting scanty Ohio Works First cash assistance are hard-pressed to fund transportation to and from work assignments or to and from medical services. Thorough public-transportation networks aren’t common in rural Ohio. As for those Ohioans without any cash income at all, about all anyone could do is wish them good luck. Trouble is, for those poorest of Ohioans, luck is as scarce as ready cash.”
“It has been a long journey for Mary Rose Estates, which initially wanted to open in Willoughby but had to find another location after the city vetoed the plans. The 40-unit building is intended for seniors and is subsidized by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.”
“The city of Dayton is diverting up to $750,000 from its general fund to temporarily cover the cost of a major homeless housing program, so that 330 local households are not evicted next month.”
“Community Research Partners found that the state's policy making students at two-year schools ineligible for the Ohio College Opportunity Grant has resulted in college being less accessible to low-income and nontraditional students.”
“Even after recent significant increases, the maximum Pell Grant today covers the smallest share of the cost of attending a public college since the program started 40 years ago, advocates say. As a result, the gap in college enrollment and graduation rates between children from high- and low-income families has widened over the past 30 years. To help reduce the gap, many Ohio schools have added new grants and scholarships and increased the amount of their awards.”
“The number of Ohio youngsters in the lunch program has swelled by nearly 50 percent in the past decade as poverty has increased across Ohio. In recent years, much of the increase has occurred in suburban districts, where many middle-class families have lost jobs or seen their earnings decline.”
“Ohio Gov. John Kasich's move to expand the state's Medicaid program would add 275,000 Ohioans to the program's rolls. Ohio now joins 18 other states and Washington, D.C., that have committed to expansion.”
“Advocates for the Medicaid expansion point out that the state will save $235 million over the next two years and will free up about $100 million in local funds for mental health and addiction services. Further insurance premium increases may be reduced for everyone because less people will be going to the emergency room for non-emergency related situations. However, current Medicaid law does not require that Medicaid recipients use the least expensive adequate care facilities as many private insurance policies require.”
“Freshbox Catering, a for-profit company owned by Lutheran Social Services of Central Ohio, hires homeless men and women who have been staying in one of the Faith Mission shelters. They work at the catering company and receive the training and certification they need to move on to other jobs in the restaurant and food-service industry. Profits go back into Lutheran Social Services' nonprofit programs to help the homeless.”
“John Kasich, the fiercely conservative governor of Ohio, announced Monday that he’s going to expand Medicaid dramatically using federal money — a 180-degree turn from what conservative groups swore their allies in governors’ mansions would do when the Supreme Court gave them an out last year.”
“Nearly half of Ohio's 1.8 million elementary and secondary students could qualify in the coming years for tax-funded tuition to private schools under Gov. John Kasich's plan to expand the state's voucher program, which would change the face of education in the Buckeye State.”
“Andy Hutzel, supervisor of the House, worked with a coalition of service providers who had long understood the need for a ‘Housing First’ approach to the challenges of those that the Drop Inn Center referred to as ‘The Keep Alives.’ These chronically homeless individuals were widely known to the agencies that provide services to the homeless and addicted on the streets of Cincinnati. Hutzel, director of housing services for Over-the-Rhine Community Housing, says, ‘It saves lives.’”
“Nichols declined to provide details, but Kasich's budget also will include a new school-funding plan and could call for an expansion of Medicaid, the state's health-care program for the poor and disabled, which would provide coverage to more working poor. Still, the report showed that poverty remains a daunting problem in Ohio, with many parents working fewer hours for lower wages.”
“The study finds that 43 percent of Ohioans are considered ‘liquid-asset poor’ in that they lack the savings to cover basic expenses at the federal poverty level for three months, according to the report by the Corporation for Enterprise Development. The group works to help low- to moderate-income households build and preserve assets.”
“Ohio has the chance to provide more than 450,000 residents with health coverage and have the federal government bear all but a fraction of the cost. While some say it's too good to be true, the health care industry is offering a full-throated backing of Medicaid expansion.”
“From defending the rights of the poor and under-represented to stray animal adoptions and hands-on rehabs of local parks, the Miami Valley's top companies support robust community involvement. At international law firm WilmerHale, community work is part of the firm's DNA, said Managing Director Harold Gibson. For one example, some of the firm's 200 employees in Kettering helped on a 50-state survey for the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty on educating homeless students.”
“What would it be like to be in a family with a low income, trying to live from month to month? That’s what a group of Newark residents tried to found out during a poverty simulation sponsored by Bridges Out Of Poverty, a program of Mental Health America of Licking County.”
“Seeking to convince Ohio Gov. John Kasich to allow an expansion of Medicaid, proponents are focusing on the economic benefits. They cite a new report showing that an expansion of the joint federal-state health care program for low-income Americans would force the state to spend $2.5 billion more between now and 2022.”
“This year's federally mandated count of the homeless didn't hinge on the usual pre-dawn hit-or-miss canvassing of parks, bus stops and tent camps. The Community Shelter Board tried a new method yesterday -- asking homeless people to go to Veterans Memorial, where they could be counted and also get help from 40 social-service agencies that were there to offer links to housing, jobs, clothing, health care and other needs.”
“The expansion of the Medicaid program under the Affordable Care Act would fix this gap in care for these women, their babies and our communities. Last summer, the U.S. Supreme Court left the decision to expand Medicaid up to the leaders of each state. These moms and their babies are just some of our uninsured neighbors who would benefit from expanding Medicaid to include people whose incomes are up to 138 percent of poverty.”
“The number of homeless adults living on the streets in Montgomery County is on the rise, according to a federally mandated homeless census. A count by the Housing and Homeless Solutions for Montgomery County's Office of Family and Children First reveals the number of unsheltered homeless adults rose to 65 in 2012 compared to 26 in 2010.”
“Millions of people are kept out of poverty by the earned income tax credit, which provides an income supplement to low-income working families; by daycare assistance, allowing parents to work while their children develop their minds; and by education loans so that people can become better educated and get better jobs. We could substantially reduce poverty by expanding governmental programs that we know work, increasing college opportunities and occupational training for those not college-bound and encouraging marriage in the low-income community. However, we will not end poverty unless we who are not poor want to end it.”
“The percentage of Franklin County welfare recipients working or training for a job has nearly doubled in the past year, allowing the county for the first time to meet a federal requirement that at least half of adults receiving cash assistance participate in some sort of activity to get them back on their feet. ‘The focus is to help people become self-sufficient, to help find the right opportunity for their family,’ said Anthony S. Trotman, director of the Franklin County Department of Job and Family Services.”
“Wayne County residents falling into the state's definition of homeless will be able to gather together Tuesday to be counted in a national count of the country's homeless individuals.”
“The school is taking steps to address that problem. The gymnasium at Bucyrus Secondary School was bustling with activity Monday as teachers and other professionals in the community learned what it is like for a child to live in poverty. Because of an anonymous donation from a Bucyrus community member, district Superintendent Kevin Kimmel set up The Community Action Poverty Simulation training for middle- and high-school teachers and other professionals in the community.”
“Expanding Medicaid to cover more low-income Ohioans is projected to save Ohio $1.4 billion between 2014 and 2022, according to the analysis from the Health Policy Institute of Ohio, Ohio State University, Urban Institute Health Policy Center and REMI.”
“Through the federally funded Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, or LIHEAP, $400 will be paid to Duke Energy after Fabre received a disconnect notice from the utility. As a single parent and full-time student at Gateway Community & Technical College, Fabre said she wouldn't have been able to come up with the money to stop her electricity from being turned off if not for the help she received through LIHEAP.”
“Many economic indicators are going in the right direction in Ohio: the state's unemployment rate has dropped below the national average in recent months, and 132,900 jobs have been added in the past two years. But a leading factor in higher poverty rates has seen a marked increase in Ohio over the past decade: The state is one of more than a dozen that have seen a 6 percent or greater decline in the number of families with two parents present.”
“Cincinnati Public Schools has parted ways with the agency with which it partnered for years to provide a summer camp for some of its nearly 1,600 homeless students.”
“The Over-the-Rhine charter school serves 261 students in grades K-8. The students are almost exclusively minority and low-income, from tough urban neighborhoods. Nearly 16 percent have disabilities. They all qualify for the free or reduced-price lunch program because of their poverty level.”
“The data collected during the count assists the local Continuum of Care locally in planning future services geared toward ending homelessness; understanding changes in trends among homeless populations; complying with reporting requirements from HUD, other funding sources, and local stakeholders; and justifying the need for continued resources to aide people who are homeless.”
“Spirituality is as great a need as food and shelter, Nancy Rowell and Linda Catanzaro believe. The pair lead Cleveland's chapter of the Ignatian Spirituality Project, providing retreats for homeless women and helping them battle addictions and work toward stable homes and jobs.”
"The Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio will use the funding for the Preserving Ohio's Affordable Housing Project, the Youth Empowerment Program, as well as training and technical assistance. It will conduct tenant outreach to at-risk residents, conduct rental rights/fair housing workshops and provide outreach to 325 homeless youth ages 18-21 and develop new programming to address the needs of the homeless youth population."
“A proposal mandating drug testing for welfare applicants resurfaced in the General Assembly last week, renewing the legal and ethical debate over how to help Ohio's neediest. Supporters say drug users often go on public assistance to help support their habits, and drug testing would identify users and give them access to help. It also would protect tax dollars and children whose addict parents use the family's welfare money to buy drugs.”
“The United Way and its partners said incomes above 200 percent of the federal poverty level are necessary to be self-sufficient and afford the costs of daily life such as housing, food, health care, transportation and child care. On the plus side, a smaller portion of the Tri-State's residents live below 200 percent of poverty than the national average. But the number of the region's residents living below 200 percent of poverty has grown since 2005, according to the report.”
“A Republican state lawmaker says poor Ohioans seeking public assistance who admit they have used illegal drugs should have to pass a drug test before receiving a welfare check. The proposal to establish pilot drug-testing programs in three counties received a second hearing before a Senate subcommittee last night, more than a year after the proposal was first unveiled.”
“This rural community, 22 miles north of Dayton, has seen an explosion of poverty in the past four years that is among the highest increases in the nation. Last year, 16,000 people lived in poverty in Miami County -- one of every six residents, the Census says.”
“Charity food pantries and several Democrats in Congress fear the federal nutrition program popularly known as food stamps will be cut as Washington pares federal spending to avert a year-end fiscal crisis.”
“A Boston-based nonprofit has completed the acquisition of more than 30 low-income housing properties that fell into foreclosure in 2010 and were regarded as some of the region's most troubled residential properties.”
“About 85 percent of Licking County residents receiving food stamps work at low-wage, part-time or temporary jobs. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, 58 percent of all new jobs being created are in these categories. These jobs keep people impoverished and unable to rise. According to Linda Berger, of St. Vincent de Paul, the people who are homeless who stay at their shelter ‘are the working poor. They are working but not making enough to house themselves.’”
“Expanding Medicaid eligibility in Ohio under the Affordable Care Act would help reduce the number of uninsured residents by more than half but would cost the state an additional $3.1 billion in the next decade, according to a national report released Monday.”
“The downturn of the economy in the past four to five years has resulted in an increase in the number of charity cases and total uncompensated care. Montagnese said charity cases refer to people who do not have the ability to pay. Total uncompensated care includes charity and cases in which the health systems thinks people have the ability to pay but do not.”
“‘To say it affects the school is an understatement,’ she said. ‘Oftentimes, we have kids who haven't eaten since they came to school the day before.’ To qualify for free lunch through the federally assisted meal program, students must come from a family with a household income that is at or less than 130 percent of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's established poverty guidelines.”
“State officials said they intend to keep authority to regulate insurers doing business through the state's exchange and to set eligibility for the tax-funded Medicaid program. Kasich is considering expanding Medicaid, which provides health coverage to more than 2 million poor and disabled Ohioans, to help more low-income residents obtain insurance.”
“A change in how the state calculates utility expenses for low-income Ohioans receiving food stamps means about $25 less a month of a cut for recipient households.”
“‘Pulling Apart,’ a report prepared by Washington think tanks the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and the Economic Policy Institute, found that low- and moderate-income families across the nation saw no benefit in wages from the economic growth of the late 1990s and early 2000s. The recession stunted the gains made by the wealthy, but it caused significant hardship for those at the bottom and in the middle.”
“The homeless awareness event sponsored by Ross County Community Action seeks to accomplish fundraising to help homeless shelters in the county and to educate attendees about the severity of the homelessness issue in Ross County, how job availability plays into the problem and what people can do to help.”
“Richland County residents on the food stamp program could be in for tougher times come January. The federal government is cutting the program by $50 a month per household. Considering that 21,748 people - 10,414 households - throughout Richland County receive assistance, that could mean a loss of $6 million to help the poorest families buy groceries and heat homes.”
“Earlier this year, council approved another $3 million in funds to help build the new homeless shelters. That money will go to City Gospel Mission, Cervay said. And if the city gets the $7 million it's requesting from HUD for the Homeless to Homes program, that money will help fund the other two.”
“Ohio's poverty rate sits in the bottom half of the country, according to On Numbers. The Buckeye State ranks No. 32.”
“Cincinnati City Council plans to vote Wednesday on whether to seek $37 million in federal loans, $7 million of which would go toward relocating homeless shelters from the Washington Park area.”
“Mid-November usually heralds the opening of a temporary winter shelter in Franklin County to help meet demand that was surging even during the summer months. But delay is possible this year as the Community Shelter Board struggles to prepare a building next to a children's day-care center in Franklin Township. Some township officials, businesses and residents say they were blindsided by the plans and now are being pressured to accept a 190-bed shelter with no guarantee that future operations will remain seasonal.”
“A group of interfaith student organizations at The College of Wooster will join service and justice organizations from The College to present a ‘fall feast’ for low-income residents in the city on Saturday.”
“The district is listed as having 100 percent poverty, since the state uses free or reduced lunch eligibility as its measure. Gordon said that not every Cleveland student is poor, but the district and federal government stop measuring once they hit the point where the entire district qualifies. Even at the 85 percent qualifying rate, Cleveland has poverty rates far above the 53 percent countywide, 43 percent statewide and even above the 82 percent in Columbus and 70 percent in Cincinnati.”
“The release noted the challenges that veterans face. In 2011 the unemployment rose to 12.1 percent for Gulf War-era veterans and 12.4 percent for female veterans. For troops between the ages of 18 to 24, that rate is almost 30 percent. Nearly 40 percent of veterans who served in Iraq are diagnosed with a mental health problems such as depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. Veterans make up 20 percent of the country's homeless population.”
“The expansions would extend Medicaid coverage to people making as much as 133 percent of federal poverty guidelines, or $30,000 per year for a family of four. But some governors say they don’t want the additional future costs of the program. The federal government would cover the entire cost of the expansion, which could cover 17 million previously uninsured people across the country, through 2017.”
“On the campaign trail, one of the presidential candidates has often talked about 23 million Americans being unemployed, 47 million on food stamps and 50 million in poverty. At a public hearing about poverty and budget priorities Saturday at Second Baptist Church, the executive director of ProgressOhio urged attendees to see beyond mere numbers and statistics in order to see the faces of poverty and do something about it.”
“What stood out to me most in Ryan's speech was his argument that faith-based and nonprofit programs - free of government involvement - can best fight poverty and its associated problems, such as homelessness and substance abuse. Among those Ryan singled out was Brian Wade of Elyria, who runs a homeless shelter and programs for adults struggling with substance abuse.”
“In a presidential race that has focused almost exclusively on the middle class, Paul Ryan changed the subject yesterday, delivering a major speech on how he and Mitt Romney would help poor people. The Republican vice presidential nominee advocated a vision that addresses poverty not through a big-government approach, but by encouraging people, businesses, churches and other nonprofit groups to tackle it in their communities.”
“In Fremont, an estimated 33.8 percent of the black population was living below poverty level from 2006 to 2010, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Nearly the same number of Hispanics -- 32.5 percent -- in Fremont also were living below poverty level. Some students come from single-parent families where their lone parent works and relies on them to help around the house, care for younger siblings or get a job to pitch in, Jackson said. Students who have jobs that require a lot of hours sometimes have difficulty fitting in study time and homework, she said.”
“As President Obama and Mitt Romney crisscross Ohio this month, Howell has watched in disappointment the two tangling over foreign affairs, the economy, and taxes on the middle class and the rich. There's been scant talk, he said, about improving the lives of America's poor.”
“Today's annual Central Ohio Homeless Veterans Stand Down will have what people have come to expect during the past 18 years: A free haircut. Free food, clothes and toiletries. Health screenings and vaccines. But the event always has been more than that. The idea isn't just to give free stuff to struggling veterans, but to help them, say organizers.”
“The United Way of Central Ohio wants to raise at least $52.6 million during its 2012 campaign that will be built on a community discussion about poverty.”
“Despite campaign claims that work rules for welfare have been gutted, thousands of Ohioans have left the program's rolls largely because of those rules. An analysis by The Dayton Daily News found the No. 1 reason people went off welfare is because officials are taking a harder stance on requiring people to perform work activities as required under law. That includes work, community service or job training for at least 30 hours per week.”
“Tens of thousands of Ohioans have left the welfare rolls this year, saving taxpayers millions of dollars each month and putting enrollment at its lowest point since the benefit for the poor was reformed in the 1990s.”
“Homeless families who are looking for help often find the program themselves, she said. Police, Delaware County Job and Family Services and the Helpline of Delaware and Morrow counties also refer families to Family Promise. Delaware has no homeless shelters, Sami said. During a count in January, volunteers found 51 homeless people in the county, including 23 kids.”
“A new program is giving Belmont High School students more help with improving their study skills and exploring college options. Last year, Sinclair Community College received a $1.5 million, five-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education to establish and offer the Educational Talent Search program at Belmont. Christopher Welch, project director of the Educational Talent Search program at Belmont, explained the program is designed to provide academic and motivational support to low-income students and students who would be the first generation in their families to go to college.”
“Eventually, he will do the same thing with the new project. The project will connect low-income veterans to lawyers who are willing to help them with landlords, credit-card companies or some family-law cases. Renner expects that lawyers will gladly help.”
“More than half of Ohio adults on welfare are now working or training for a job, a benchmark that should allow the state to avoid millions of dollars in federal penalties. It's the first time Ohio has met the federal work-participation requirements since 2007, when regulators imposed a stricter definition of what constitutes work.”
“The poverty rate in Ohio and across the nation stabilized last year, although many Miami Valley families - from suburbanites to the poorest urban dwellers - continue to struggle, largely because of joblessness and a substantial decline in median incomes. The nation's poverty rate dipped slightly to 15 percent last year, from 15.1 percent in 2010, still higher than at any time since the government began tracking poverty in the 1960s, the Census Bureau reported Wednesday.”
“Studies indicate that enrollment in safety-net programs tracks closely economic conditions. It shrinks when there are adequate opportunities for people to take care of themselves and their families. But Ohio still is making halting steps toward economic recovery. The availability of jobs in the public and private sectors remains well below employment levels in 2007. Roughly 19 percent of Ohioans now are living in poverty. Given such circumstances, the reason state officials are culling the welfare rolls is more a cause for concern than for cheering.”
“State welfare rolls continue to nosedive -- plunging by a third in the past year and a half -- to the lowest number of Ohioans receiving a monthly assistance check in at least five decades.”
“Officials announced results yesterday from a record Operation Feed campaign, one that shrugged off the past few years of flat or declining totals. Efficiency is up, and so is community and corporate support: Donors provided enough money, canned goods and other food items to supply the equivalent of 6.7 million meals.”
“So why the difference in readmission numbers among different hospitals, some of which are in the same parent company? Socioeconomic status, age, race and education are all factors, officials said. Research has shown that hospitals that serve low-income or minority communities are more likely to have higher readmission rates. Poorer areas may not have as ready access to medical care.”
“The Ohio Department of Education reached into its own pockets to close a funding gap for a program that helps low-income high school students pay for Advanced Placement tests after the government decreased its support. The Advanced Placement Test Fee Program, operated by the U.S. Department of Education, distributed $21.5 million in funds to states earlier this month to help low-income students pay the $87 per exam for last May's testing period. Ohio's share of $284,938 was a 25 percent decrease from last year, a much sharper drop than the 8 percent cut nationally.”
“Hannah's Treasure Chest, a Centerville-based children's charity, partnered with Sogeti USA and 12 other local business partners to provide school supplies for underprivileged children in the Dayton area.”
“The program, funded by the state since 2009 through local community-action agencies, has helped 235 people in 35 Ohio counties buy cars to get to work, school or training. Even in urban areas such as Columbus, where buses operate most of the day, life without a car can make it more difficult to find or keep a job, people behind the program say. A 2011 study by the Brookings Institution found that 7 percent of central Ohio households had no car and that nearly 80 percent of those households were classified as low-income.”
“The winter homeless counts help determine the level of funding local organizations receive to provide services to homeless residents. The Continuum follows criteria set forth by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.”
“Area non-profits are using their resources to help low- income residents stay cool through the numerous heat waves that have occurred so far this summer. Community Action Wayne Medina, a non-profit organization that provides economic assistance to low income residents has developed their Summer Crisis Program to help residents meet their electricity expenses.”
“‘If we had the marriage rate we had in 1970, the poverty rate would fall by more than 25 percent,’ Haskins said. As the chasm widens between America's haves and have-nots, national discussion largely has centered on government programs and policies, or devolved into class warfare. But experts told the Times that the rich are getting richer, or staying rich, because they are getting married and staying married.”
"Ohioans living below 200 percent of the poverty level in the counties hit hardest by Friday's storm might be eligible for disaster assistance. The state also hopes to secure extra food assistance. Low-income families with children, including pregnant women, will be eligible for up to $1,500 per household."
"Ohio Medicaid costs $18 billion a year in state and federal funds and covers 2.1 million disabled and low-income Ohioans. The Kasich administration reported Tuesday that lower caseloads and other changes led to $535 million less in Medicaid spending last year than anticipated, helping bolster the state coffers."
"Greg Moody, director of Gov. John Kasich's office of health transformation, said Ohio first must determine how to cover additional Medicaid costs the state will incur even without expanding its program."
"The program provides free meals to all students in schools in which 40 percent or more of the students receive food stamps or some other form of public aid. All three schools in Newport easily exceed that percentage. As a district, 86 percent are living at or below the federal poverty level."
"The spending-per-pupil statistic is often used to measure efficiency of school districts across Ohio, so when Chris Pfister saw that his small, low-income, rural district's number was higher than those of other nearby schools, he scratched his head."
"Ohio Medicaid, a state and federally funded health plan for disabled and low-income people, would see its enrollment balloon by as much as 40 percent - 3.1 million enrollees, up from the current 2.2 million - and costs would climb $5 billion a year, according to the governor's Office on Health Transformation."
"In an area that has a a lot of low income residents, St. Bernard's pantry has grown a lot, especially in the past few years, Hehman said. 'In this bad economy, it's the poorest people that get hit the hardest,' Hehman said."
"'We know the homeless problem is growing because of the poor economy,' said Kelly Middleton, who will officially become the district's new superintendent on July 1. 'And because of that, more kids are suffering.'"
"Fewer than two in five Ohio teenagers were able to find summer jobs in 2011, a rate that has continued to drop every year since 2000."
"It's one of dozens of elements in the Ohio education bill that moved through the House and Senate on Wednesday and headed to Gov. John Kasich's desk. The bill also makes way for greater use of technology across public education and creates state report cards for vocational and career programs that are tied to Ohio's job needs. "
"American students in grades one through nine reportedly lose one month of learning, on average, during a typical three-month summer break - which is often referred to as the "summer slide" - and research shows this loss is most pronounced in kids from low-income homes."
"Once ineligible tenants leave, they'll be replaced with eligible low-income families, whose rent and utilities will be subsidized. Under law, GDPM can raise the rent on the federal government. The federally estimated fair market value for Montgomery County is $685 per month."
"Ohio will be the 18th state to make it easier for poor children and pregnant women to get on-the-spot access to tax-funded health care. Under a pilot program starting next week, a handful of community health clinics and hospitals, including Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, will be authorized to do a quick screening and immediately grant eligibility for 60 days in the state Medicaid program."
"Ohio is removing a hurdle for low-income pregnant women and children that prevents them from seeking and receiving medical treatment, Ohio Medicaid officials said Tuesday.
Beginning next week, pregnant women and children will be quickly screened to see if they're likely eligible for Medicaid, and receive immediate and follow-up services while their full application makes its way through the system, which usually takes 45 days on average."
"The money will go to six Ohio universities - including Wright State University - for the schools to prepare medical students, residents, fellows and professionals to work as a team for low-income families and disabled patients."
"There are more students who don't speak English than there were a decade ago. The percentage of special-needs students is also higher, and the number of students living in poverty has grown. All those types of students are more expensive to educate."
"Kathy Schwab, in her travels and work, has seen many food-related programs to alleviate food deserts the buzzword for the lack of groceries and fresh fruits and vegetables available in low-income neighborhoods."
"The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cincinnati has announced plans to create a staff position, development director, to oversee fundraising for Dayton's urban schools. The director, to be hired by August and paid with donated money, will help establish and perpetuate a fund to give low-income city kids access to a Catholic education."
"Government data indicated also that foreign-born workers are often more willing to take low-wage, temporary jobs that fill a vital niche in the American economy. According to the Department of Labor, foreign-born workers were more likely than native-born workers to be employed in service occupations, production, transportation and material-moving occupations."
"The more that I learn about poverty, the more I've come to realize this is not just a story about Third World countries; it's our own story," said Jesse Bowers, a Going Ministries staffer at Apex Community Church in Kettering. "It's the story of our own country, our own state, our own city."
"An ideological battle about abortion is being waged in the Ohio Statehouse as lawmakers consider a bill that would essentially take away federal family planning grants from Planned Parenthood Affiliates of Ohio."
"Senate Finance Committee members removed the proposed two-year, three-county pilot program that would test participants in the Ohio Works First program, which provides cash benefits to Ohioans earning no more than 50 percent of the federal poverty level for up to 36 months. However, the plan is expected to return, just not in the budget."
"Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is backing three pilot projects that aim to help the state's most underserved homeless population: young people age 18 to 24."
"The state took over the county's share of paying for Medicaid services to low-income and disabled Ohioans seeking drug treatment. In addition, the state added $14 million for medication-assisted treatment, which is when a drug is used to help wean people off more-dangerous, addictive narcotics."
"Cleveland Schools Director Martin Ringstaff said the city high school is seeking out students for advanced classes who may not traditionally have considered them, including minorities and those from low-income families."
"Zanesville's homeless population has a new option for where to spend its nights.
First United Methodist Church, on Putnam Avenue, has transformed an unused wing of its building into a homeless shelter. The shelter features separate rooms for men and woman, a room for families and a lounge area with a couch."
"Last year's fight over public-employee unions was waged when Ohio's unemployment rate was around 9%. Since then, though, it has dropped to 7.5%. One political debate will be whether the Republican Gov. John Kasich—the man at the center of the union fight—or the Democratic president, Mr. Obama, gets credit if the state's jobless rate continues to fall."
"Lockett joined hundreds of veterans Saturday at the Fifth Annual Homeless Veterans and Veterans Stand Down at the Columbus Convention & Trade Center. The event included Georgia's first Homeless Female Veteran and Female Veteran Stand Down."
"About 105,000 low-income children receive subsidized childcare and another 37,000 high-needs youngsters are enrolled in public preschool. Lawmakers appeared supportive. 'Ohio will be moving away from funding baby-sitting,' noted Education Committee Chairwoman Peggy Lehner, R-Kettering."
"Ohio Right to Life is promoting the amendment to Gov. John Kasich's mid-biennium budget revamp. Gonidakis said there are 290 options available for low-income women and their children, pointing, as an example, to Lower Lights Ministries in Franklinton."
"The Fairfield Metropolitan Housing Authority has been awarded $74,916 to launch the Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing program in Fairfield County. This funding, from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, is a coordinated effort involving HUD, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and FMHA to provide permanent housing for homeless veterans in conjunction with supportive services."
"'This is not just about some folks down on Second Avenue or near the river, a few people under a bridge,' she said. 'There are homeless people all over the city.' Also, the homeless must be better educated on what services are available that might help them improve their situation, she said."
"As prices rose, incomes did not, and the average earnings of renters in Butler, Champaign, Clark, Greene, Miami, Montgomery and Warren counties fall short of the wages needed to reasonably afford modest two-bedroom apartments, according to a new report by the National Low Income Housing Coalition."
"A newly announced federal grant of more than $400,000 will help house homeless people and others in Franklin County with severe mental illness. The money, from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, is helping to build and staff the Inglewood Court apartment building at 3700 Sullivant Ave. on the West Side, said Susan Weaver, chief executive officer of the Community Housing Network. The apartment building is a Network project."
"What the tests really show is a student's socioeconomic level. Every year when the test results are released, schools with a higher percentage of students who receive free or reduced lunches do worse than those with a smaller percentage. The dirty little secret about the test is that it exposes that the poverty rate for children is more than 23 percent in the United States."
"The funding to local housing agencies is part of President Barack Obama administration's commitment to end veteran and long-term chronic homelessness by 2015. The VA Medical Centers will provide supportive services and case management to eligible homeless veterans."
"That amount ranks Ohio fifth in the nation for total aid its residents received out of the $41 billion Pell grant program, according to the U.S. Department of Education. In the 16 public and private colleges and universities in southwest Ohio - extending from Edison Community College in Piqua to the University of Cincinnati - more than 60,000 students receive a Pell grant, which does not have to be repaid."
"'The poorest in this country are women,' [Rep.Marcy Kaptur] said. [...] The numbers indeed show that the poverty rate for women in the United States was 14.5 percent in 2010, which was 3.3 percentage points higher than for men."
"There were fewer individuals and families seeking emergency shelter in Montgomery County last year, compared to 2010, according to a Homeless Solutions Report released Friday by the Montgomery County Office of Family and Children First. Officials point to an improved economy and the availability of more housing options that include support services for the fall in numbers."
"Montgomery County has developed an action plan to help more low-income kids succeed in school that doubles as an application for a national award."
"Military veterans represent nearly 14 percent of all homeless people in the U.S., and the federal government wants to reduce that number by 2015 as more veterans return home from Afghanistan."
"Peak and Trini Garza are among 14 schools nationwide (and the only two in Texas) hailed this year for contributing 'to an ever-growing effort to understand how educators can create excellent urban schools for all students.' Schools that apply for the award must meet low-income criteria..."
"In many of America’s once pristine suburbs, harbingers of inner-city blight — overgrown lots, boarded up windows, abandoned residences — are the new eyesores. From the Midwestern rust-belt to the burst housing bubbles of Nevada, California and Florida, even in small pockets of still affluent regions like Du Page County, Ill., the nation’s soaring poverty rates are visibly reclaiming last century’s triumphal 'crabgrass frontier.'"
"Three programs combating homelessness in Montgomery County were awarded grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development on Tuesday totalling $696,286.
'This means more supportive housing for people who have been homeless a long time,' Joyce Probst MacAlpine, Montgomery County's manager of housing and homeless solutions said."
"Executive Director Sue Villilo said the surge in demand for meals, and a decline in food donations, make it difficult for Faith to keep up. In an eight-month period in the current fiscal year compared with the same period in the previous one, meals served jumped 25 percent, while food donations dropped 24 percent, Villilo said. Donations of money were about the same."
"With campaign chatter now focused on issues like separation of church and state and the proper place for contraception, the realities of life for the poorest Americans, and the cost to them and society as they continue to founder, hasn't yet been a significant part of the presidential candidates' — or the White House's — stump speeches."
"Today, Central State, with more than 2,500 students, enrolls the highest rate of students from Ohio's urban, high-poverty schools of any public institution of higher education in the state. The university also serves more black men than any other Ohio institution, with about 50 percent male students."
"Although many people still showed up at shelter doors, officials say the switch to a phone-based intake system for homeless men and women got off to a good start last week."
"More than 2,000 workers in the Miami Valley in the last five years were not paid more than $2.3 million in wages owed to them by companies that failed to pay overtime or minimum wage or violated other federal compensation laws, such as misclassifying employees, according to a Dayton Daily News analysis."
"The calls alone represent an 11 percent increase over 2010 totals. Officials think the sagging economy and its attendant stresses -- unemployment, poverty, crowded living conditions -- are the likely triggers. But the surge in reports and investigations has not resulted in significantly higher rates of foster-care placement."
"In the Columbus metropolitan area, there are 27 affordable and available units for every 100 extremely low-income households, according to a new study by the National Low Income Housing Coalition, a Washington, D.C., advocacy group."
"The simple slogan - "Jesus Saves" -- still sits atop Wheeler Mission's shelter for the homeless in Downtown.
But in many other ways, the mission, which began in the late 19th century, has modernized over the years. Wheeler, however, still aims primarily to help homeless men, who often suffer from alcohol and drug abuse and sometimes from mental and emotional problems that go back to childhood."
"She is one of 37 women who have graduated from the 15-week program that helps women understand the causes of poverty and design a personalized plan for getting out of poverty.
'The program is about getting people out of poverty but even if you don’t end up making more money, you benefit,' Cambridge said."
"About 78,000 people in the Miami Valley live in poorer areas that lack markets that sell affordable and nutritious food, and low-income residents and those without post-secondary educations have some of the highest obesity rates in the state."
"More than half the students come from poor households, but the trappings of high unemployment and poverty have not slowed them in school. Wells Academy was named Ohio's No. 1 public elementary school in the state's first school ranking based on student test scores."
"Bobbie Dawkins came to the employment expo for the homeless at Open Door Community House as a volunteer. 'It’s good to see the community come together,' she said, sitting behind a table for Journey to Recovery Therapeutic Community, brochures for the substance abuse recovery program fanned out in front of her. 'It’s help for them and people do care.'"
"'If you are to look nationally, a lot of these dollars were cut,' Commissioner Paula Brooks said. 'Our population has grown, while other urban counties have gone in the other direction.'
The money comes in three ways: About $1.8 million is through the Community Development Block Grant program, a 9 percent increase over last year. Officials had expected a 12 percent cut. About $144,000 is for emergency shelter grants for the homeless, 80 percent more than expected."
"With the resources provided in north central Ohio, the Richland County Coalition on Housing and Homeless says there is no reason anyone in the area should be homeless. Teams that helped conduct the annual a Point-In-Time Count of the homeless Tuesday found evidence that proved otherwise."
"South Side neighborhood leader Deborah Macklin said she thought "everything was OK" in Columbus' suburbs. But the maps and numbers two researchers presented to 250 community leaders at Veterans Memorial yesterday gave her a new perspective. What struck her most was how poverty has spread throughout Franklin County."
"Community shelter officials want homeless men and women to call before they come.
Starting Feb. 29, the new intake process for single adults seeking emergency shelter will shift to a phone-based model operated by HandsOn Central Ohio."
"Before dawn Tuesday, local volunteers embarked on a tiring effort to count the number of homeless people living in Ross County in hopes of increasing chances of getting financial help to help battle homelessness."
"Nearly half of Ohio's schoolchildren qualify for free or reduced-price school lunches this year as the economy continues to batter families struggling to get back on their feet."
"Hugley-Green said there are 1,060 students in Muscogee County and 60 percent are from low-income families. There are more than 1,600 applications and a waiting list with 300 children. “Many are enrolled in private programs and hope to be placed in neighborhood schools,” she said."
"And yet, as homelessness increases in Detroit, more people who need respite from the cold are turning to such a place to stay warm. 'We have had to order more chairs, because of the increasing number of homeless,' said Lewis Hickson, operations manager for the Neighborhood Service Organization's Tumaini Center at 3430 Third Ave."
"Traverse City and Adrian are running two of the most unusual programs in the state to help homeless children -- families taking in a homeless child for a year so he or she can finish high school. It's an idea that could be replicated around the state to help agencies already besieged by too many people who need help and not enough money to go around."
"At least two-thirds to 80 percent of those charged with felonies are represented by public defenders. They come from poor families, and now a felony charge with numerous other collateral sanctions will make their chances of employment slim. Add this to the fact that they are more likely to have a low functioning level, mental-health and substance-abuse issues, and a wide variety of other barriers to employment."
"A notoriously difficult count of homeless veterans shows that their numbers are down in Ohio and nationwide, and the federal government has announced a hike in grant money to try to continue that trend."
"The number of homeless children is growing in Ohio and nationwide, and the state needs to do a better job of providing services to homeless and at-risk kids, according to a new report.
In 2010, there were 32,953 homeless children in Ohio, a jump of more than 12,000 since 2006."
"She's taking out payday loans, and spent a month homeless, but she still earns too much to get any kind of public assistance. Recently she found out she made $2 per month too much to keep her housing subsidy."
"'They live with friends, family. They're your neighbors, they're the working poor. The low income are the first ones to know when there's a recession and the last to know when it's over with,' Mitchell said. 'I think the perception is if you don't step over the people sleeping in the street, then we don't have a problem and that is so untrue.'"
"Fatina Evans grew up in a middle-class family on the poor side of a mid-sized Ohio city. Surrounded by poverty, her family followed the same unwritten rules regarding money: If you have it, you spend it, because stressful circumstances make it hard to plan beyond the present."
"According to the Recovery Act's online tracker, Community Action received $307,849 for the reduction of poverty, revitalization of low-income communities and the empowerment of low-income families and individuals to become self-sufficient. It also received $513,969 that was restricted to the Head Start program."
"It might not be much, but it doesn't look like poverty -- though it is. It's easy to look at France and see a put-together 27-year-old. She is quiet, kind and well-spoken; she works a steady job, volunteers in the community and values time with her family. But it took her a while to get there -- and France still is not where she wants to be."
"A couple of months of go, he was living on a cot in the men's area of the Harmony House, a homeless shelter near downtown Mansfield. Just a step away from being that "bum in the woods," as he put it."
"'Every year for several years we have gotten donations and have provided every kid with a present because a lot of our kids aren't going to get as many presents as others,' said Principal Joy Collins. About 95 percent of the students in the school live at or below the poverty level."
"For the past 40 years, crime, resident flight, unemployment and inadequate housing have made this poverty-stricken area the city's most downtrodden and feared neighborhood."
"An annual program to provide holiday necessities and toys for low-income disabled families in metro Detroit is fresh out of Santas. 'This year I don't know if it's the economy or what, but we're searching for donors,' said Janet Genuise, coordinator of the Adopt-A-Family program held each fall for the clients of the nonprofit Community Housing Network."
"A judge in Ohio has blocked the state health department from implementing new rules for an HIV/AIDS medication program for low-income patients until a public hearing is held."
“'I was sitting in my office one day serving a dying church, and a mother was pushing a stroller that had twins in it in the rain, and it just dawned on me that all around me was a neighborhood that was impoverished,' Harper said."
"The location is key. The clinic is near several social services agencies including Open Door Community House, Valley Rescue Mission and the Homeless Resource Network. With a referral from such places, a homeless person who doesn’t have insurance can get free medical care; but those with some money -- even those with health insurance -- can also be seen."
"Nearing its 40th anniversary, the Drop Inn Center in Over-the-Rhine has sheltered an average of 186 people a day in 2011 and is the largest provider of homeless services in Cincinnati and Hamilton County, caring for 57 percent of the single homeless population."
"Lighthouse has moved its Anthony House day program for homeless youth from the Short Vine area of Corryville to its new shelter. But there's not enough money to hire all the staff needed to operate the night shelter 24 hours a day, seven days a week - so the 28 beds sit unused."
"They want to pit poor and low-income families against middle-income families by showing the disparities in their lives. They point out how much more money and benefits the middle-income family has than lower-income families. Shame on middle-income families for making an honest living. Why not show the disparities between the rich and poor?"
"The number of Columbus-area neighborhoods gripped by poverty continues to rise, and not only in the central city but in outlying areas as well.
A report released today by the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program says the number of census tracts showing extreme poverty in the city of Columbus increased from eight to 24 over 10 years."
"The city is ranked 23rd of U.S. cities with the share of its poor residents - an estimated 31.6 percent - living in extreme poverty census tracts. Extreme poverty is a census tract in which at least 40 percent of the people live below the federal poverty line, $22,050 for a family of four in 2010."
"Those five Bellamo youngsters are among the estimated 48 percent of the children in Cincinnati who give it the third-highest rate of childhood poverty, behind Detroit and Cleveland.
The poverty level for a family of four in 2010 was $20,050."
"The coalition placed 689 pairs of shoes around the Square to raise awareness about the problem of homelessness in Licking County. In the past year, more than 2,000 people in the county were homeless, housing services director Cheri Allen said."
"Keene Elementary School Principal Jerry Olinger said the school wasn't marked as a school of promise the past few years for not meeting academic levels but because of poverty levels. Olinger said it's just a sign of harsh economic times that the number of low-income students are going up."
"After the presentation, people will be asked to stay at the park overnight with nothing more than what they have with them. Community action discourages people from bring tents as the event is meant to simulate what it is like to be homeless in the middle of November."
"Many are recent college grads, frustrated by a lack of jobs and saddled with student debt. Others work full-time, stuck with low wages. And some are middle-age Detroiters who are unemployed after working decades in the auto industry."
"Low-income families would qualify for Medicaid. Eligibility for the insurance for the poor will be raised to 133 percent of the poverty rate, or about $30,000 a year for a family of four. Critics of health-care reform say the federal mandate requiring that everyone have health insurance will limit choices and raise costs. In Ohio, a statewide ballot issue attempts to block the mandate."
"This shift has helped redefine the image of the suburbs. ''The suburbs were always a place of opportunity -- a better school, a bigger house, a better job,'' said Scott Allard, an associate professor at the University of Chicago who focuses on social welfare policy and poverty."
"Organized by the conservative American Action Network, this national campaign is a thinly veiled attempt by the big drug companies to keep a loophole in federal law that results in taxpayers paying billions more per year than necessary for Medicare prescriptions for low-income seniors. "
"The U.S. Agriculture Departmentdefines it as a census district where at least 20 percent of the inhabitants are below the poverty line and 33 percentlive more than a mile from the nearest supermarket."
"Section 8 vouchers allow low-income people to rent on the private market using a subsidy from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, typically keeping the tenant share of rent and utilities to about 30 percent of gross income."
"As many black children slide deeper into poverty, dysfunction and despair -- nearly 46 percent of those younger than 5 are now poor -- child-welfare advocates question whether the nation has gone numb to the problems."
"'We had already been open the previous summer, and we really wanted to be open again this summer because we know that homelessness exists year-round,' said Rachael Winters, the shelter's director. 'On our blog, we state that our mission is to provide shelter which is life-saving in the winter and life-changing in the summer.'"
"The Rev. Jesse Jackson, calling on the ghost of President Lyndon Johnson, will bring his anti-poverty crusade back to the area this weekend."
"The state's EdChoice program -- an extension of a Cleveland voucher system -- now lets students from low-income families in academically poor districts apply for a voucher that covers tuition at a private school."
"The growth in the number of students scoring distinguished or proficient in reading and math is the primary factor in determining if a school or district makes adequate yearly progress under No Child Left Behind. Scores in the two subjects are broken into subgroups of white, black, Hispanic, Asian, limited-English, disabled and low-income students."
"The state's EdChoice program -- an extension of a Cleveland voucher system -- allows students from low-income families in academically poor districts to apply for vouchers to cover tuition at a private school."
"Under the roughly $10 billion program, families with incomes up to 130 percent of the poverty level - $28,665 a year for a family of four - are eligible for free meals. Those who earn 130 percent to 185 percent of poverty level, or $40,793 for a family of four, qualify for reduced-price meals."
"Republican Secretary of State candidate Bill Johnson doesn't expect he will get a decision from the Executive Branch Ethics Commission on his ethics complaint over allowing homeless people to vote without requiring an address."
"The Food Pantry Network of Licking County again is sponsoring a produce giveaway for low-income families. The event will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Newark campus of Ohio State University and Central Ohio Technical College."
"'I was reluctant,' she said. 'I had never ridden on one in my life. Michael and some others managed to convince me.' This is the fourth year of the Fuller fundraiser, and the riders made stops to speak about the trip as well as the center, which helps build houses for people in poverty."
"Dental care is the No. 1 unmet health care need for children and low-income adults in Ohio because they either don't have access to care or the means to pay for it, according to a 2010 Ohio Department of Health report."
"The 700-student school serving grades K-12 has a nearly 90 percent poverty rate. Many families can't afford or don't have access to eye care services, which can hurt a child academically."