Below is a set of key data indicators related to poverty. For the original sources, click on the data point.

Poverty by demographic

  • Child poverty rate: 24%
  • Senior poverty rate: 10%
  • Women in poverty: 15.9%
  • Percent of single-parent families with related children that are below poverty: 38%
  • Number of Black and Hispanic children below 200% poverty: 370,000

Economic well-being

  • Poverty rate: 16.3%
  • Extreme poverty rate: 7.6%
  • Unemployment rate: 7.4%
  • Food insecurity: 16.1%
  • Low-income families that work: 31.8%
  • Minimum Wage: $7.95/$7.25
  • Percent of jobs that are low-wage: 23.8%
  • Percent of individuals who are uninsured: 14%
  • Number of Black and Hispanic children living in families where no parent has full-time, year-round employment: 280,000

Family

  • Teen birth rate per 1,000: 34.1
  • Children living in single parent families: 36%
  • Children in foster care: 11,949
  • Percent of children in immigrant families: 7%
  • Number of grandparents raising grandchildren: 182,990

Assets

  • Asset poverty rate: 23.7%
  • Unbanked households: 8.8%
  • Average college graduate debt: $29,037

Education

  • Individuals with a high school degree: 88.1%
  • Individuals with a four year college degree: 25.5%
  • Teens ages 16 to 19 not attending school and not working: 8%
  • Percent of college students with debt: 69%
  • High school graduation rate: 81.4%

Housing

  • Total households: 4,554,00
  • Renters: 31%
  • Households paying more than 30% of income on housing: 686,476
  • Homeless people: 13,030
  • Home foreclosure rate: 4.87%

Justice System

  • Number of youth residing in juvenile justice and correctional facilities: 3,871
  • Total incarcerated (prison and jail): 50,876

Participation in federal programs

  • Adults and children receiving welfare (TANF): 144,691
  • Children receiving food stamps (SNAP): 734,000
  • EITC recipients: 966,000
  • Households receiving federal rental assistance: 224,564
  • Families receiving child care subsidies: 27,100
  • Participants in all Head Start programs: 49,702
  • Number of children enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP: 1,685,004
  • Number of women and children receiving WIC (Women, Infants and Children supplemental nutrition program): 263,683
  • Households receiving LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program): 459,286

Below is a list of reports about poverty and opportunity in the state. If you have a state report you’d like featured on this page, please email Tamanna@thehatchergroup.com.


Tax & Budget Policy

Who Takes Credit?: The Earned Income Tax Credit in Cuyahoga County, 2009

Policy Matters Ohio, August  2010

Asset-Building

State Profile: Ohio

CFED, 2012

Asset Poverty Profile: Ohio

CFED, 2012

Families & Children

Home Insecurity 2013

Policy Matters Ohio, May 2013

The State of Poverty and Opportunity in Ohio

Half in Ten, October 2011

Back to Work: The Case for Public Job Creation in Ohio

Policy Matters Ohio, March 2011

Recovery Act Investment in Ohio’s Workforce: Use and Distribution of Recovery Act Awards

Policy Matters Ohio, February 2011

Home Insecurity: Foreclosure Growth in Ohio 2011

Policy Matters Ohio, February 2011

Protecting Pay: Minimum Wage Claims in Ohio

Policy Matters Ohio, February 2011

Building Green Pathways Out of Poverty

Policy Matters Ohio, October 2010

The State of Working Ohio: 2010

Policy Matters Ohio, September 2010

Building Ohioʼs Future Middle Class: Addressing the Challenges Facing Young Adults

Policy Matters Ohio, 2010

Education


Blocking the College Door: Cuts to Financial Aid Lock Ohio Students Out

Policy Matters Ohio, March 2014

A Stronger Nation through Higher Education: Ohio

Lumina Foundation, March 2012

The Zanesville Times Recorder, July 22, 2014: Ohio kids struggling with poverty

”Ohio children are doing better in school, but facing greater social obstacles — especially from poverty — according to a national report released Monday.”

The Dayton Daily News, July 21, 2014: Welfare rolls drop as work rules increase (Subscription Required)

“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.”

The Cincinnati Enquirer, July 19, 2014: (Op-Ed) Stereotypical idea of homelessness inaccurate

“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.”

The Cincinnati Enquirer, July 10, 2014: Cuts shred safety net, leaving more families homeless

“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.”

The Columbus Dispatch, July 02, 2014: White House report touts Medicaid expansion in Ohio

“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.”

The Dayton Daily News, June 29, 2014: Hospital costs fall with expanded Medicaid (Subscription Required)

“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.”

The Cincinnati Enquirer, June 17, 2014: Kasich signs tax credit for low-income workers

“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 Cincinnati Enquirer, June 10, 2014: Middletown pushed to oust poor renters

“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.’”

The Columbus Dispatch, June 10, 2014: Newspaper: Southwest Ohio city trying to push out poor

“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. “

The Columbus Dispatch, June 09, 2014: Some kids too poor for Columbus’ newest preschool grants

“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.”

The Dayton Daily News, June 03, 2014: No Seattle-like hike in minimum wage here, Dayton’s mayor says (Subscription Required)

“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.”

The Cincinnati Enquirer, May 27, 2014: Local uninsured rate unchanged

“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 Columbus Dispatch, May 27, 2014: Ohio veterans on Medicaid might have option of VA care

“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.”

The Columbus Dispatch, May 23, 2014: Kasich picks aid programs for unused $1.6 million in welfare funds

“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.”

The Columbus Dispatch, May 06, 2014: Columbus giving $1.1 million for new program for homeless

“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 Cincinnati Enquirer, May 05, 2014: (Op-Ed) Ohio’s challenge: no more high-school dropouts

“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.”

The Columbus Dispatch, April 24, 2014: Local programs may be new focus to fight Ohio poverty

“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.”

The Portsmouth Daily-Times, April 22, 2014: State legislators push for minimum wage increase

“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.”

The Blade, March 31, 2014: Lucas County commissioners support raising minimum wage

“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.”

The Dayton Daily News, March 26, 2014: Medicaid coverage restored after income adjustment

“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.”

The Columbus Dispatch, March 20, 2014: Expanded Medicaid won’t save Ohio promised $400 million

“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.”

The Columbus Dispatch, March 20, 2014: Obamacare website snafus slowing Ohio Medicaid sign-ups

“Since Ohio decided to expand Medicaid under the federal health-care law last fall, 200,000 low-income residents have applied for coverage.”

The Columbus Dispatch, March 05, 2014: Obama budget includes expanded tax credit intended to aid poor

“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. “

The Columbus Dispatch, February 20, 2014: Coleman puts emphasis on jobs in State of City

“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.”

USA Today, February 18, 2014: Ohio among states pushing prisoners on Medicaid

“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.”

The News and Sentinel, February 14, 2014: Roughly 23,000 Ohioans enroll in expanded Medicaid

“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.”

The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, February 07, 2014: Tarren Bragdon and Benita M. Dodd: Better care for our children

“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.”

The Cleveland Plain-Dealer, February 03, 2014: U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown lobbies for his bill that would expand Earned Income Tax Credits for the working poor

“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.”

The Norwalk Reflector, February 03, 2014: Ohioans ranked among worst for financial security

“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.”

The Columbus Dispatch, January 30, 2014: $66 million state program hasn’t found many jobs for those on welfare

“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 Chillicothe Gazette, January 29, 2014: Few people left out in the cold

“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.”

The Mansfield News-Journal, January 29, 2014: Homelessness up in Richland County

“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.”

The Dayton Daily News, January 27, 2014: Ohio Medicaid expansion in early innings (Subscription Required)

“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.”

The Cincinnati Enquirer, January 24, 2014: (Op-Ed) Eliminating poverty starts with minimum wage boost

“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.”

The Zanesville Times Recorder, January 21, 2014: Homeless survey seeks a few more helpers, donations

“Organizers of the annual count of people who are homeless are hoping to get a more accurate picture of the local population.”

The Mansfield News Journal, January 20, 2014: Number of school vouchers expand faster than demand

“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.”

The Cleveland Plain Dealer, January 01, 2014: Joseph's Home, Family Promise of Greater Cleveland give shelter from the storm of poverty, illness

“Joseph's Home gives homeless men with acute medical problems a place to stabilize by giving them shelter, often for months at a time.”

The Chillicothe Gazette, January 01, 2014: Ohio wage hike to have little effect locally

“A planned hike in the minimum wage for the new year isn’t expected to rock too many boats locally.”

The Cleveland Plain-Dealer, December 31, 2013: With new year comes new era of Medicaid coverage for thousands of Ohio's working poor

“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.”

The Sandusky Register, December 27, 2013: Minimum wage going up 10 cents

“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.”

The Akron Beach Journal, December 26, 2013: Always low wages? Walmart might have choices

“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.”

The Dayton Daily News, December 24, 2013: Ohio’s minimum wage going up Jan. 1 (Subscription Required)

“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 Cincinnati Enquirer, December 23, 2013: Long-term jobless benefits soon to vanish

“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 Dayton Business Journal, December 23, 2013: Court sides with Ohio Gov. Kasich on Medicaid expansion

“The Ohio Supreme Court denied a request Friday from several state organizations hoping to reverse Medicaid expansion in Ohio.”

The Columbus Dispatch, December 20, 2013: Child-welfare system hinders getting help to at-risk kids, experts say

“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.”

The Columbus Dispatch, December 20, 2013: United Way hones focus to curbing poverty

“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.”

The Columbus Dispatch, December 20, 2013: Columbus mourns its homeless

“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.”

The Columbus Dispatch, December 17, 2013: Medicaid expansion ballot initiative withdrawn

“Supporters of expanding Medicaid health coverage to thousands of poor Ohioans have abandoned efforts to put the issue before Ohio voters.”

The Cleveland Plain Dealer, December 10, 2013: Ohio launches website to help enroll applicants for newly expanded Medicaid program

“The state opened registration Monday for people who beginning in January can get health insurance through an expanded Medicaid program.”

The Mansfield News Journal, December 06, 2013: State's Medicaid enrollment site faces test

“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.”

The Columbus Telegram, December 02, 2013: (Op-Ed) Promote living wage and minimum wage increases

“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.”

The Columbus Dispatch, November 29, 2013: Ohio workers on welfare are focus of Democrat’s bill

“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.”

The Columbus Dispatch, November 25, 2013: More Ohioans sign up for welfare

“Welfare rolls increased last month for the first time since the state began cracking down on job and work-training requirements.”

The Republic, November 25, 2013: Ohio welfare numbers increase slightly last month after long period of declines

“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.”

The Star Beacon, November 23, 2013: Homeless numbers decline nationwide, but not in Columbus

“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.”

The Cleveland Plain Dealer, November 21, 2013: Walmart could give big raises without raising prices, Demos think tank says

“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.”

The Courier-Journal, November 21, 2013: Clarksville homeless camp told to pack up, move on

“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 Cincinnati Enquirer, November 19, 2013: Students hear, and experience, how homeless spend night

“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.”

The Cleveland Plain Dealer, November 15, 2013: Cuyahoga County grappling with state change that will impact 29,000 residents on food stamps

“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.”

The Dayton Daily News, November 14, 2013: Agencies concerned about uptick in people seeking help

“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.”

The Cincinnati Enquirer, November 11, 2013: High-minority schools can get less state funding

“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.”

The Cleveland Plain-Dealer, November 10, 2013: (Editorial) Congress has to rethink cutting food stamp program during a time of need

“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.”

The Columbus Dispatch, November 06, 2013: State responds to Medicaid expansion lawsuit

“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.”

The Cincinnati Enquirer, November 05, 2013: Ohio Medicaid battle lingering with lawsuit, new bills

“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.”

The Portsmouth Daily Times, November 03, 2013: Fighting the war on poverty at home

“Recent data released from the U.S. Census Bureau shows that one in six Ohioans were living in poverty in 2012.”

The Cleveland Plain-Dealer, November 01, 2013: Food stamp cuts take effect for about 1.8 million Ohioans

“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.”

The New York Times, October 31, 2013: (Op-Ed) A war on the poor

“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.’”

The San Francisco Gate, October 31, 2013: Ohio governor defends Medicaid expansion move

“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 Columbus Dispatch, October 29, 2013: Kasich ‘confident’ in process to expand Medicaid

“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.”

The Dayton Daily News, October 28, 2013: Ohio income drops; 1 in 6 live in poverty (Subscription Required)

“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.”

The Columbus Dispatch, October 27, 2013: (Op-Ed) Medicaid expansion just another day at the circus

“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.”

The Columbus Dispatch, October 27, 2013: Will state’s online Medicaid system be overwhelmed, too?

“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.”

The Columbus Dispatch, October 22, 2013: Vote expands Medicaid; opponents vow to sue

“After months of debates, delays and political hand-wringing, Ohio will expand Medicaid to cover 275,000 low-income residents.”

The Portsmouth Daily Times, October 22, 2013: Hughes calls Medicaid expansion ‘momentous’

“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.”

The New York Times, October 21, 2013: Medicaid Expansion Is Set for Ohioans

“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.”

The Washington Post, October 21, 2013: Ohio will expand Medicaid after months-long battle between governor and legislature

“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.”

The Dayton Business Journal, October 21, 2013: Medicaid expansion gets OK to go forward in Ohio

“After months of debate, an Ohio body has voted to accept federal funds to expand Medicaid coverage to another 275,000 Ohioans.”

The Star Beacon, October 21, 2013: Poverty is growing in Ashtabula County

“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 Cleveland Plain-Dealer, October 21, 2013: Controlling Board gives OK to use of federal money to pay for Medicaid expansion in Ohio

“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.”

The Dayton Daily News, October 21, 2013: Ohio OKs Medicaid expansion (Subscription Required)

“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.”

The Cincinnati Enquirer, October 20, 2013: Ohio Medicaid expansion verdict draws near

“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 Dayton Daily News, October 18, 2013: Sebelius urges Ohio to accept billions, expand Medicaid

“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.”

The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, October 15, 2013: (Op-Ed) Tim Mescon: 'Circling' to fight poverty

“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.”

The San Francisco Chronicle, October 11, 2013: Kasich to seek Medicaid expansion through panel

“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.”

The Columbus Dispatch, October 11, 2013: Bill to reform, not expand, Medicaid introduced

“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.”

The Columbus Dispatch, September 29, 2013: Some needing health-care coverage find themselves in a gap

“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.”

The Columbus Dispatch, September 27, 2013: Kasich weighs new path to Medicaid expansion

“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.”

The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, September 19, 2013: U.S. Census Bureau report: Poverty rate, median income rise slightly in Columbus metro area

“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.”

The Dayton Daily News, September 16, 2013: State report card shows income gap (Subscription Required)

“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.”

The Columbus Dispatch, September 11, 2013: (Editorial) Connect benefits to training, jobs

“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.”

The Dayton Daily News, September 09, 2013: Dropouts struggle for jobs in Ohio

“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.”

The Cincinnati Enquirer, September 07, 2013: Schools make sure kids have food on weekends

“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.”

The Columbus Dispatch, September 07, 2013: Kasich wants able-bodied adults to work for food stamps

“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.”

The Columbus Dispatch, September 06, 2013: Ohio 10th worst state for ‘food insecurity’

“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.”

The Dayton Daily News, September 04, 2013: Medicaid advocates will take issue to statewide ballot

“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.”

The Cleveland Plain Dealer, August 29, 2013: House Democrats complain Republicans put Medicaid expansion on back burner with no legislative sessions set until October

“House Democrats on Wednesday questioned whether their Republican counterparts are serious about working out solutions for Medicaid or just stringing them along.”

The Akron Beacon Journal, August 29, 2013: (Editorial) Statehouse stall

“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.”

The Columbus Dispatch, August 29, 2013: Drug tests for welfare pushed

“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.”

The Dayton Daily News, August 28, 2013: Medicaid subcommittee hears testimony from HMOs (Subscription Only)

“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.”

The Cleveland Plain Dealer, August 28, 2013: (Editorial) Why welfare is not a sweet deal in Ohio

“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.”

The Dayton Daily News, August 27, 2013: Medicaid debate comes to Dayton

“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.”

The Cincinnati Enquirer, August 24, 2013: Ohio voucher program expands to include more students

“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 Columbus Dispatch, August 24, 2013: (Editorial) Food-stamp fraud grows

“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.”

The Columbus Dispatch, August 23, 2013: Republican legislator proposes new cuts to Medicaid

“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.”

The Cleveland Daily Banner, August 23, 2013: New FP director hopes to dispel homeless image

“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.”

The Cincinnati Enquirer, August 16, 2013: More homeless families means strain on shelters

“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 Columbus Dispatch, August 12, 2013: (Editorial) Setting up for failure

“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.”

The Kansas City Star, August 07, 2013: Food-stamp benefit cut on horizon for Ohioans

“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.”

The Columbus Dispatch, July 31, 2013: Hoping to jump-start process, Democrat introduces Medicaid expansion bill

“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.”

The Plain Dealer, July 29, 2013: More women veterans are joining ranks of the homeless

“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.”

The Dayton Daily News, July 26, 2013: 1.9M Ohioans rely on food stamps (Subscription Required)

“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.”

The Dayton Daily News, July 26, 2013: 1.9M Ohioans rely on food stamps (Subscription Required)

“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.”

The Dayton Daily News, July 26, 2013: Medicaid advocates await lawmaker action (Subscription Required)

“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.”

The Plain Dealer, July 23, 2013: Cleveland groups to hold rally here Wednesday as part of national effort to raise minimum wage

“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.”

In Plain Sight, July 23, 2013: (Blog) Ohio Gov. Kasich links Cleveland serial killings to poverty

“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.

The Columbus Dispatch, July 22, 2013: School voucher programs expand, giving Ohio more programs than any other state

“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.”

The Dayton Daily News, July 21, 2013: More low-wage workers on food stamps, Medicaid (Subscription Required)

“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.”

The Columbus Dispatch, July 20, 2013: Homeless women left out in heat, group says

“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.”

The Dayton Daily News, July 19, 2013: People wait in line overnight for dwindling utility assistance (Subscription Required)

“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.”

The Lexington Herald-Leader, July 15, 2013: Displaced Ky. elderly moving to Ohio nursing homes

“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.”

The Columbus Dispatch, July 13, 2013: Federal grants help avert homelessness

“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.”

The Dayton Daily News, July 12, 2013: Grant to help homeless local veterans (Subscription Required)

“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.”

The Dayton Daily News, July 10, 2013: Kasich to keep pushing for Medicaid expansion

“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.”

The Plain Dealer, July 10, 2013: Big gap between what Cleveland area families earn, and what they should make, says Policy Matters Ohio

“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.”

The Evening News and Tribune, June 29, 2013: Bridges officials seek ways to mitigate hit to minority, low-income population

“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 Columbus Dispatch, June 24, 2013: Ohio kids still struggling with poverty, study finds

“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.”

The Cincinnati Enquirer, June 23, 2013: Push to widen Medicaid stalls with GOP caucus

“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.”

The Dayton Daily News, June 21, 2013: Ohio Medicaid expansion push down to the wire

“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.”

The Cincinnati Enquirer, June 14, 2013: (Blog) Poll: Majority of Ohioans support Medicaid expansion

“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.”

The Cincinatti Enquirer, June 10, 2013: (Op-Ed) Legal aid helping hundreds despite falloff in funding

“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).”

USA Today, June 2, 2013: (Op-Ed) Ohio governor: Reagan’s compassionate Medicaid expansion

“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.”

The Columbus Dispatch, June 2, 2013: Without Medicaid expansion, poorest lose

“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.”

Dayton Daily News, June 2, 2013: Big money behind Medicaid fight

“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.”

Dayton Daily News, May 31, 2013: Ohio projected to lose $53B if it rejects Medicaid expansion

“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.”

The Columbus Dispatch, May 30, 2013: Homeless vets to get vouchers for housing

“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.”

The Columbus Dispatch, May 23, 2013: Bill in Ohio House revives Medicaid expansion

“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.”

The Columbus Dispatch, May 20, 2013: Republican legislator pleads for state funds for homeless-youth center

“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 Columbus Dispatch, May 20, 2013: Merit scholarships could cost neediest college students

“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.”

The Columbus Dispatch, May 20, 2013: Poverty in suburbs? You bet

“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 News-Herald, May 19, 2013: Clinic, Ohio State students help homeless people see

“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 Columbus Dispatch, May 17, 2013: South Bloomfield mayor won’t OK low-income housing proposal

“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.”

The Cincinnati Enquirer, May 17, 2013: Homeless can get help early

“[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.”

Lancaster Eagle Gazette, May 12, 2013: Homelessness not always a hidden problem in Lancaster

“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.”

The Cincinnati Enquirer, May 09, 2013: NKY health agencies back Medicare, but with doubts

“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 Cincinnati Enquirer, May 03, 2013: Medicaid expansion unlikely to pass by Jan. 1

“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.”

Dayton Business Journal, May 03, 2013: (Blog) Homeless aid groups land $1.2M in federal funds

“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.”

The Columbus Dispatch, April 29, 2013: Ohio's public preschool program lagging, report finds

“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.”

The Columbus Dispatch, April 29, 2013: Help center for homeless youths may get state aid

“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.”

The Cincinnati Enquirer, April 26, 2013: Pre-K education on front burner in Kentucky

“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 Columbus Dispatch, April 25, 2013: Medicaid changes will be taken up separately, GOP legislator says

“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.”

The Cincinnati Enquirer, April 25, 2013: Medicaid expansion could go on ballot

“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 Plain Dealer, April 20, 2013: (Blog) News about urban poverty, growth and sprawl reveal Northeast Ohio as a region at odds over its future

“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.”

Dayton Business Journal, April 18, 2013: (Blog) Ohio set for nearly $10 million in federal funds

“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.”

Dayton Daily News, April 14, 2013: Tax payout for low-income workers doubled in Ohio

“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.”

Dayton Business Journal, April 08, 2013: Group says sales tax dollars should help low income Ohioans

“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 News-Sun, April 03, 2013: Schools face up to $1.3M cuts

“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.”

The Columbus Dispatch, April 02, 2013: Opposition mounts to Kasich’s Medicaid plan

“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.”

Dayton Daily News, March 29, 2013: Circles builds relationships hoping to end poverty

“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.”

The Plain Dealer, March 28, 2013: Gov. John Kasich argues health care access for poor is a problem for all of society

“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 Enquirer, March 26, 2013: CMHA votes to spread out low-income housing in Green Twp.

“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.”

Bucyrus Telegraph Forum, March 26, 2013: Finding healthy foods can be a challenge

“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.”

Dayton Daily News, March 26, 2013: Kasich explores alternative to Medicaid expansion

“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.”

Dayton Daily News, March 25, 2013: Census: Fewer homeless adults living on county streets

“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.”

The Cincinnati Enquirer, March 24, 2013: Schools tackling chronic absenteeism

“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.”

Springfield News-Sun, March 22, 2013: Local agencies endorse Medicaid expansion

“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.”

The Columbus Dispatch, March 21, 2013: Cold March keeps winter homeless shelter open

“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.”

Dayton Business Journal, March 18, 2013: (Blog) CareSource Foundation gives $770,300 to 29 groups

“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.”

Dayton Daily News, March 18, 2013: Minorities in Ohio more reliant on Social Security

“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.’”

Dayton Daily News, March 15, 2013: Programs combating homelessness awarded $7.3 million

“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.”

The Columbus Dispatch, March 14, 2013: Medicaid expansion opposed during Ohio House hearing

“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.”

The Columbus Dispatch, March 13, 2013: Rural school districts call on state to share wealth

“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.”

The Columbus Dispatch, March 03, 2013: (Op-Ed) Welfare reform has gone too far

“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.”

The News-Herald, March 01, 2013: Low-income senior housing Mary Rose Estates preparing to open in Willoughby

“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.”

Dayton Daily News, February 27, 2013: With federal funds late, city covers homeless housing cost

“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.”

Dayton Daily News, February 19, 2013: Adults forced to borrow more to attend college

“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.”

The Columbus Dispatch, February 14, 2013: Push builds for financial-aid changes

“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 Columbus Dispatch, February 06, 2013: Fewer Ohio students getting free lunches

“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.”

Business Courier of Cincinnati, February 05, 2013: Ohio Medicaid expansion would add 275K to rolls

“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.”

The Cincinnati Enquirer, February 05, 2013: (Op-Ed) Pros and cons of medicaid expansion in Ohio

“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.”

The Columbus Dispatch, February 04, 2013: OSU to draw crowd wanting to do good, make profit

“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.”

Politico, February 04, 2013: John Kasich’s Obamacare flip burns conservatives

“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.”

The Columbus Dispatch, February 03, 2013: Only limit on new voucher is the budget

“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.”

The Cincinnati Enquirer, February 02, 2013: (Editorial) A place to learn to live again

“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.’”

The Columbus Dispatch, January 31, 2013: Grim report on Ohio poverty holds hope of turnaround

“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 Columbus Dispatch, January 30, 2013: Many have no savings to survive emergency

“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.”

Newark Advocate, January 27, 2013: Medicaid expansion, the billions-of-dollars question

“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.”

Dayton Daily News, January 27, 2013: Community service key to companies’ success

“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.”

The Advocate, January 26, 2013: Poverty simulation aims to change attitudes

“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.”

The Cincinnati Enquirer, January 26, 2013: Benefits touted for Medicaid expansion

“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.”

The Columbus Dispatch, January 25, 2013: Homeless tally takes new twist

“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 Columbus Dispatch, January 24, 2013: (Op-Ed) Expanding Medicaid is a no-brainer

“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.”

Dayton Daily News, January 23, 2013: Homeless numbers continues to rise in Montgomery County

“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.”

The Cincinnati Enquirer, January 21, 2013: (Op-Ed) Poverty is significant issue we all can address

“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 Columbus Dispatch, January 19, 2013: County hits welfare work target

“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.”

Daily Record, January 19, 2013: Point in Time Count to Be Held to Help End Homelessness

“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.”

Bucyrus Telegraph Forum, January 16, 2013: Educators learn plight of poverty-stricken students

“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.”

Dayton Daily News, January 15, 2013: Expanding Medicaid could save Ohio big bucks, report says

“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.”

The Cincinnati Enquirer, January 09, 2013: Federal dollars keep the heat on for NKY's needy

“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.”

The Columbus Dispatch, January 07, 2013: (Editorial) Harmful trend

“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.”

The Cincinnati Enquirer, January 06, 2013: Homeless agency seeks role in suburbs

“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 Cincinnati Enquirer, January 04, 2013: How school improved by 2 letter-grades on Ohio report card

“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.”

Chillicothe Gazette, December 24, 2012: Continuum of Care seeks items for people who are homeless

“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.”

Plain Dealer, December 24, 2012: Linda Catanzaro, Nancy Rowell help homeless women

“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.”

Dayton Business Journal, December 18, 2012: Ohio gives $1.2M to community development groups

"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."

The Columbus Dispatch, December 09, 2012: Welfare drug testing raises ethical, legal issues

“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.”

Business Courier of Cincinnati, December 07, 2012: A third of Cincinnatians too poor to provide for themselves

“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.”

The Columbus Dispatch, December 06, 2012: Welfare drug test gets hearing

“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.”

USA Today, December 05, 2012: For the poor, 'recovery' is a mirage

“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.”

Plain Dealer, December 02, 2012: Food stamp cuts look inevitable, advocates and Democrats fear

“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.”

Business Courier of Cincinnati, November 29, 2012: Boston nonprofit pays millions for troubled low-income apartments

“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.”

Newark Advocate, November 28, 2012: Growing ranks of working poor a troubling reality

“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.’”

Dayton Daily News, November 27, 2012: Expanded Medicaid could cost state $3.1B

“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.”

Newark Advocate, November 21, 2012: Health costs often too much for people in poverty

“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.”

Newark Advocate, November 20, 2012: Newark schools, agencies work to curb hunger

“‘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.”

The Columbus Dispatch, November 17, 2012: Ohio insurance exchange left to feds

“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.”

Toledo Blade, November 17, 2012: Cuts to Ohio food assistance to be less than estimated

“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.”

The News-Messenger, November 15, 2012: Income gap survived the recession

“‘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.”

Chillicothe Gazette, November 13, 2012: Homelessness program returns this weekend

“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.”

Mansfield News Journal, November 13, 2012: Food stamps to decrease for some people

“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.”

Business Courier of Cincinnati, November 08, 2012: Council votes to steer federal money to homeless shelters, but how many will get it?

“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.”

Dayton Business Journal, November 08, 2012: Ohio ranks No. 32 in U.S. for poverty rate

“Ohio's poverty rate sits in the bottom half of the country, according to On Numbers. The Buckeye State ranks No. 32.”

The Cincinnati Enquirer, November 06, 2012: Homeless relocation plan going to a vote

“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.”

The Columbus Dispatch, November 04, 2012: Homeless shiver amid shelter dispute

“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.”

Daily Record, October 31, 2012: College of Wooster Students to Prepare, Serve Meals Saturday (Subscription Required)

“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.”

Plain Dealer, October 30, 2012: Cleveland schools' spending per student ranks high, but so do students' needs

“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.”

Business Courier of Cincinnati, October 30, 2012: New initiative to support Tri-State veterans, help them with jobs

“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.”

Business Courier of Cincinnati, October 29, 2012: States on Medicaid expansion: We don't know

“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.”

Daily Record, October 28, 2012: Looking Beyond Numbers, Statistics at Public Hearing to Share Stories of the Struggle With Poverty

“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.”

Plain Dealer, October 26, 2012: (Op-Ed) Paul Ryan's spotlight on fighting poverty is welcome but his examples of solutions need some work

“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.”

The Columbus Dispatch, October 25, 2012: Ryan: U.S. is losing war on poverty

“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.”

The News-Messenger, October 23, 2012: Graduation rate of black males falls in Fremont schools, nationally

“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.”

The Boston Globe, October 16, 2012: Ohio’s poor say Obama, Romney ignoring their plight

“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.”

The Columbus Dispatch, October 16, 2012: Homeless veterans can get aid today

“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 Columbus Dispatch, September 29, 2012: United Way to focus on poverty

“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.”

Clarion Ledger, September 28, 2012: Welfare rolls shrinking because of work rules

“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.”

Dayton Daily News, September 26, 2012: Welfare costs fall 20 percent across Ohio

“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.”

The Columbus Dispatch, September 25, 2012: A house for homeless

“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.”

Dayton Daily News, September 19, 2012: Program at Belmont High boosts low-income students

“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.”

The Columbus Dispatch, September 18, 2012: Veterans in need to get free legal help

“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.”

The Columbus Dispatch, September 13, 2012: Ohio may avoid welfare penalties

“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.”

Dayton Daily News, September 12, 2012: Poverty rate in U.S., Ohio stabilizes; income falls

“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.”

Akron Beacon Journal, August 29, 2012: (Editorial) Purge of the rolls

“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.”

The Columbus Dispatch, August 26, 2012: State whittles thousands off welfare rolls

“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.”

The Columbus Dispatch, August 24, 2012: Mid-Ohio Foodbank keeping it fresh

“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.”

Dayton Daily News, August 22, 2012: Hospitals’ Medicare funding cut over readmissions

“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.”

Dayton Daily News, August 19, 2012: Ohio makes up difference in low-income AP funding

“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.”

Dayton Daily News, August 10, 2012: Groups partner to hlep needy families with school supplies

“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 Columbus Dispatch, July 27, 2012: Program drives up access to vehicles for low-income households

“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.”

Chillicothe Gazette, July 27, 2012: Summer homeless count seeks more accurate picture of local issue

“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.”

Daily Record, July 22, 2012: Summer Heat Keeping Agencies Busy Helping Low-Income Residents (Subscription Required)

“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.”

The Columbus Dispatch, July 21, 2012: (Editorial) Marriage matters

“‘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.”

Newark Advocate, July 4, 2012: Disaster aid could be available for those below poverty line

"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."

Dayton Daily News, July 4, 2012: Dems call on Kasich to funnel rainy day funds back into schools

"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."

The Columbus Dispatch, July 3, 2012: Ohioans could miss out on expanded Medicaid

"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 Cincinnati Enquirer, July 1, 2012: Kids to eat free in Newport schools

"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 Columbus Dispatch, June 29, 2012: Schools air funding beefs

"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."

Dayton Daily News, June 29, 2012: Ohio faces Medicaid decision

"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."

The Cincinnati Enquirer, June 21, 2012: Food pantry sees increase in need during summer

"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."

The Cincinnati Enquirer, June 21, 2012: Help for the displaced

"'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.'"

Springfield News-Sun, June 17, 2012: Ohio teens’ job rate worsens

"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."

Lancaster Eagle Gazette, June 14, 2012: Ohio bill targets 3rd graders for reading help

"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. "

Dayton Daily News, June 10, 2012: 'Summer slide' worse for poor kids; Gap between kids of varying affluence widens over time.Students urged to read over the summer.

"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."

Dayton Daily News, June 9, 2012: Agency spends $1.3M on complex; Public housing agency pays premium price for Centerville buildings.

"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."

The Columbus Dispatch, June 6, 2012: Medicaid access made easy

"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."

Dayton Daily News, June 6, 2012: Medicaid eligibility to ease for some; New policy that speeds screenings, services to begin in January.

"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."

Dayton Daily News, June 5, 2012: Ohio gets $10M for Medicaid training; Money will go to 6 Ohio universities to improve patients' health care.

"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."

The Columbus Dispatch, June 3, 2012: Residents carry more school costs

"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."

The Associated Press, June 2, 2012: Ohio community program helps fill fresh food gap

"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."

Dayton Daily News, June 1, 2012: Archdiocese plans fund to aid struggling schools; Ultimate goal is to provide tuition help to low-income students in the region.

"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."

Dayton Daily News, May 31, 2012: Job growth for Hispanics, Asians strong

"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."

Dayton Daily News, May 26, 2012: Right, and wrong, ways to help the poor; Conference to view best practices in being generous.

"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."

Dayton Daily News, May 17, 2012: Bill puts Planned Parenthood last in line for funds

"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."

Dayton Daily News, May 17, 2012: Drug test for welfare delayed; Ohio Senate expected to offer similar bill separate from the state budget.

"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."

The Columbus Dispatch, May 12, 2012: State grants to help former foster youth

"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 Columbus Dispatch, May 12, 2012: State adds drug-treatment funds;Additional $3 million for county agencies will fight addiction

"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."

Chattanooga Times Free Press, May 8, 2012: Student joins Cleveland school board

"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 Times-Recorder, May 8, 2012: Church opens doors as homeless shelter

"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."

The Wall Street Journal, May 1, 2012: Ohio Union Fight Shakes Up Race

"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."

Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, April 28, 2012: Columbus area veterans in need get help

"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."

The Columbus Dispatch, April 20, 2012: Raising the bar at Ohio pre-K's; Proposal says rating preschools would better prepare kids

"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."

The Columbus Dispatch, April 18, 2012: Planned Parenthood funding in jeopardy; Agency might miss out in priority allocation system

"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."

Lancaster Eagle Gazette, April 14, 2012: Homeless vets in Fairfield County to get housing aid

"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."

Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, April 14, 2012: Director of 10-year homeless plan says education is the key

"'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."

Dayton Daily News, April 2, 2012: Demand for rental property raises rates

"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."

The Columbus Dispatch, March 30, 2012: New apartments for mentally ill; Most residents of West Side complex from the homeless

"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."

The Plain Dealer, March 27, 2012: (Op-Ed) Student tests prove poverty

"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."

Dayton Business Journal, March 27, 2012: Dayton agency awarded $110K to help homeless vets

"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."

Dayton Daily News, March 25, 2012: Many local students may lose grant money; Narrowed eligibility requirements take effect in July for Pell grant.

"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."

Politifact.com, March 25, 2012: Rep. Marcy Kaptur says that the poorest in America are women

"'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."

Dayton Daily News, March 23, 2012: Fewer people sought shelters; Trend is expected to continue, report finds

"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."

Dayton Business Journal, March 22, 2012: Montgomery County develops education plan

"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."

USA Today, March 22, 2012: VA working to eliminate homlessness among vets

"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."

Dayton Daily News, March 20, 2012: Ohioans are back to work but make less; Most of the new jobs are in retail and other low-wage occupations

"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..."

New York Times, March 19, 2012: (Blog) The New Suburban Poverty

"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.'"

Dayton Daily News, March 14, 2012: Homeless program gets grants; Three separate grants offer nearly $700,000 in assistance

"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."

The Columbus Dispatch, March 8, 2012: Shelter's meals for all; Faith Mission, which feeds many people who don't stay there, is in a fiscal pinch

"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."

Huffington Post, March 6, 2012: In Super Tuesday's Shadow, Ohio's Poorest Struggle To Rise

"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."

Dayton Daily News, March 4, 2012: Central State celebrates 125 years, looks to future

"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."

The Columbus Dispatch, March 4, 2012: Homeless shelter phone-intake system off to good start

"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."

Dayton Daily News, February 26, 2012: 120 area companies violated labor laws; More than 2,000 local workers not paid full wages, DDN finds

"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 Columbus Dispatch, February 24, 2012: 28,000 calls; Children Services hot-line volume soars

"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."

The Columbus Dispatch, February 17, 2012: City lacks housing for the very poor; Study: Columbus has 27 units per 100 needy families

"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."

Lancaster Eagle Gazette, February 17, 2012: Homeless veterans move in to new facility

"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."

Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, February 11, 2012: Open Door Program helps women escape poverty

"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."

Dayton Daily News, January 29, 2012: 78,000 area residents live in food wastelands

"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."

The Columbus Dispatch, January 29, 2012: Steubenville's finest; Ohio's No. 1 elementary school succeeds in an area better known for hardship

"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."

Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, January 27, 2012: Open Door Community House expo offers help for the homeless

"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.'"

The Columbus Dispatch, January 26, 2012: Feds increase county's grants; Extra money unexpected but always welcome

"'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."

Mansfield News Journal, January 25, 2012: Teams work to count homeless people in Richland County

"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."

The Columbus Dispatch, January 25, 2012: Poverty not only in central districts

"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."

The Columbus Dispatch, January 25, 2012: Homeless shelters go on call

"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."

Chillicothe Gazette, January 25, 2012: Count of homeless people in Ross County shows apparent increase

"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."

The Columbus Dispatch, January 15, 2012: More kids living in poverty; A record 840,000-plus students are in the subsidized school-lunch program.

"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."

Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, January 8, 2012: Pre-K cuts, childhood obesity top concerns at Columbus forum

"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."

The Detroit News, December 21, 2011: Homelessness strains shelters

"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."

Detroit Free Press, December 21, 2011: Love from new families turns lives around

"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."

The Columbus Dispatch, December 17, 2011: Don't burden poor with bill for justice system

"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."

The Columbus Dispatch, December 14, 2011: Homelessness, and it appears to be working

"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 Columbus Dispatch, December 14, 2011: Homeless in Ohio

"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."

Newark Advocate, December 9, 2011: Some make too much to get help, too little to live on

"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."

Mansfield News Journal, December 8, 2011: Rent aid in demand

"'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.'"

Newark Advocate, December 8, 2011: Building understanding between poor, middle class

"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."

Chillicothe Gazette, December 8, 2011: Hundreds of families in need continue to strain resources of social service agencies

"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."

Newark Advocate, December 6, 2011: Young Newark woman works to rise above prison, poverty

"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."

The Cincinnati Enquirer, December 5, 2011: Gifts sought for Carlisle students

"'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."

Newark Advocate, December 5, 2011: Mental illnesses compound issue

"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."

Kansas City Star, December 3, 2011: Highest income-inequality tract in America is gentrifying

"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."

Detroit Free Press, December 3, 2011: Help make their season bright

"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."

The Washington Examiner, December 1, 2011: Ohio judge blocks AIDS medication program changes

"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."

Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, November 27, 2011: Struggling to stay ahead in desperate times

“'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."

Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, November 26, 2011: MercyMed clinic to serve those who need low-cost or free medical services

"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."

The Cincinnati Enquirer, November 23, 2011: Drop Inn Center's progress evaluated

"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."

The Cincinnati Enquirer, November 19, 2011: Youth shelter needs $500,000

"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."

Mansfield News Journal, November 4, 2011: (Op-Ed) America needs public servants, not politicians

"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 Columbus Dispatch, November 3, 2011: Not only are more Americans poor since 2000, but more of their neighborhoods are considered poor as distress spreads in metro areas

"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 Cincinnati Enquirer, November 3, 2011: City's extreme poverty rate soars

"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."

The Cincinnati Enquirer, November 3, 2011: City's childhood poverty third worst in nation

"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."

Newark Advocate, November 3, 2011: Shoes event spotlights homelessness in Licking County

"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."

Coshocton Tribune, November 1, 2011: 3 county elementary schools named Schools of Promise

"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."

Chillicothe Gazette, October 31, 2011: Event to raise homelessness awareness

"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."

Detroit Free Press, October 29, 2011: Challenges don't stop rally

"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."

The Columbus Dispatch, October 27, 2011: New law will save Ohio families thousands per year, report says

"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."

The New York Times, October 25, 2011: Outside Cleveland, Snapshots of Poverty's Surge in the Suburbs

"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."

The Columbus Dispatch, October 19, 2011: Drug companies try to mislead elderly

"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. "

Ventura County Star, October 12, 2011: Life in food desert can be fattening

"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."

The Columbus Dispatch, October 9, 2011: Federal rent assistance; Housing authority to use online lottery

"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."

The Columbus Dispatch, October 6, 2011: Advocate shines harsh light on plight of black children

"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."

The Cincinnati Enquirer, October 3, 2011: Shelter expanding services

"'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 Cincinnati Enquirer, October 1, 2011: Jesse Jackson brings anti-poverty effort to Ohio

"The Rev. Jesse Jackson, calling on the ghost of President Lyndon Johnson, will bring his anti-poverty crusade back to the area this weekend."

Zanesville Times-Recorder, September 30, 2011: Ohio looks to expand school voucher system

"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 Cincinnati Enquirer, September 27, 2011: Most public schools fell short

"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."

Bucyrus Telegraph Forum, September 27, 2011: School voucher battle shapes up

"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."

Dayton Daily News, September 27, 2011: Law drives school lunch price hike

"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."

The Cincinnati Enquirer, September 22, 2011: Homeless voter complaint likely won't get decision

"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."

Newark Advocate, September 16, 2011: Food pantry to have fresh food giveaway

"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."

Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, September 9, 2011: Group rides across the country to raise funds for Fuller Center for Housing

"'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."

The Cincinnati Enquirer, September 3, 2011: Death after tooth infection raises questions about care options

"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 Cincinnati Enquirer, September 2, 2011: School eye clinic to be first in region

"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."