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A city program that transformed parking meters into brightly colored charitable donations sites has announced its collection totals from its first year of operation. Real Change Dayton launched last summer to help people struggling with homelessness and cut down on panhandling.

 

Activists protest Dayton's pedestrian safety ordinance at city commission meeting held May 23.
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The Dayton City Commission recently passed a law effectively banning panhandling along 51 major roadways. It’s not the first time the city has passed laws curbing the practice. Now, some legal advocates are already raising questions about the city’s new pedestrian safety ordinance.

At the May 23 city commission meeting, Mayor Nan Whaley was clear: the ordinance is not about panhandling.

“Nothing in this ordinance criminalizes holding a sign on the side of a roadway,” the mayor said.

City of Dayton

Early Wednesday morning, volunteers across the state will fan out in their local communities to try to get an accurate count of homeless populations. The count is required for all communities that receive Continuum of Care funding from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

 

St. Vincent de Paul

St. Vincent de Paul is a social service agency for adults and families in the Miami Valley who are "on the brink of becoming homeless or who are already homeless." Every year they serve more than 100,000 people, operating 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Each year, through their Mission Gala, the organization raises the lion-share of funding they need to operate annually. This year's event "Unmasking Poverty" will reveal preconceived notions of poverty - the faces of the families in need in our community.

This year's event takes place Saturday Oct. 7, 2017.

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Before Dawn Wednesday an army of volunteers will fan out across Montgomery County to count the county's homeless population.

 

Homelessness Advocates Say Ohio Needs More Affordable Housing

Nov 26, 2015

Thanksgiving is a time when many people decide to give back through volunteer work or donating to charities. Homeless advocates say they’re in the middle of a big fight to keep more people off the streets.

 

Bill Faith is executive director of the Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio, also known as COHHIO. He says providing more affordable housing now can be a preemptive strike for people on the brink of getting kicked out of their homes.

 

Faith leaders and advocates for the poor are calling on the federal government to do something to reform payday lending.

An advocate for the homeless in Central Ohio says Ohio’s laws that crack down on payday lenders have been ineffective at curbing some of the predatory lending practices. Bill Faith says payday lenders are finding ways to get around those new laws by using other areas of Ohio’s lending laws.

“They have exploited those loopholes and we have tried multiple ways to close those loopholes,” he said.

Volunteers Conduct Homeless Count In Montgomery County

Jan 29, 2014
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In the midst of the ongoing intense cold weather, teams of volunteers are spreading across Montgomery County Wednesday morning for the yearly statewide census of homelessness. The count gives service organizations a snapshot of how many people are on the streets or in shelters on a given night, and it is required for counties that receive affordable housing assistance from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

With temperatures running dangerously low, workers from local shelters are working overtime to get people in off the streets. While hundreds in the Dayton area are experiencing homelessness, most have found a way to be inside.

The gym at the Salvation Army in downtown Springfield has been turned into a temporary warming center.

“If you don’t have to go out, don’t go out,” said a man who goes only by Dave. He was squatting at an empty house, and made plans to come to the warming center after he read the forecast in the paper.

Federal grants totaling more than $10.3 million have been awarded to Ohio agencies to help homeless and at-risk veterans and their families.

Agencies in 36 Ohio counties will use the grants to serve more than 3,000 homeless and at-risk veteran families.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs announced Friday that $300 million in homeless prevention grants were awarded to 319 community-based groups in 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.

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