Montgomery County receives most grant money to support homeless Ohioans

Published: Wednesday, December 27, 2017 @ 4:59 AM

The Ohio Development Services Agency is providing grants to 72 local organizations to support homeless prevention, emergency shelters and permanent housing initiatives.

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According to a release, Montgomery County will receive the most grant money with more than $1.2 million going toward two entities for homeless crisis response programs. 

In total, more than $25.8 million will support shelters for the homeless and help homeless Ohioans find permanent housing.

Grants from the Homeless Crisis Response Program will help 50 non-profit and local government agencies operate emergency shelters and quickly move individuals from emergency shelters to permanent housing. Approximately 39,000 Ohioans will be assisted through the program, with funds coming from the Ohio Housing Trust Fund and the Federal Emergency Solutions Grant program. 

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Grants from the Supportive Housing Program will help 31 non-profit agencies transition homeless Ohioans to permanent housing or provide permanent supportive housing to homeless people with disabilities. This program will assist approximately 5,300 Ohioans. Funding for the program is from the Ohio Housing Trust Fund.

"We're helping homeless Ohioans get back on their feet," said David Goodman, Director of the Ohio Development Services Agency.

In addition to Montgomery County, other counties with local agencies receiving grants include: 

  • Butler County: Serve City in Hamilton $302,400 to homeless crisis response program
  • Champaign County: Caring Kitchen Inc. $109,500 to homeless crisis response program
  • Greene County: Greene County Housing Program, Inc. $80,800 to homeless crisis response program and $41,600 to supportive housing program
  • Miami County: Family Abuse Shelter of Miami County Inc. $627,600 to homeless crisis response program

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Councilman apologizes for comments to Plush family amid calls for resignation

Published: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 4:49 AM

Cincinnati council member apologizes to Plush family

A Cincinnati councilman is apologizing for comments he made to Kyle Plush’s family while the county’s republican chairman has called for his resignation.

Democratic Cincinnati City Councilman Wendell Young implied Plush’s family may seek financial compensation for the teen’s death in a Tuesday special council meeting, saying, “But there’s no amount of money that’s going to make you happy.”

Kyle Plush suffocated in a van last week despite calling 911 twice.

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“The choice of words I used, while not intending to cause hurt, allowed them to misinterpret what I was trying to say,” Young said at Wednesday’s council meeting, according to our partners at WCPO. “My fault entirely.”

Alex Triantafilou, chairman of the Hamilton County Republican Party, called for Young’s resignation, according to WCPO.

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“I was offended and hurt for the family,” Triantafilou said. “I think our community has been so affected by this tragedy, and to have an elected leader in government make remarks that were so cross and painful — I was sad. I was saddened by the whole thing.”

Young's colleagues on city council said the exchange was embarrassing. 

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"You have to be ultra-sensitive and supportive of the family, and he definitely missed the mark there," Republican Amy Murray said. "It was shocking to me." 

Democrat Tamaya Dennard also called it "shocking," while fellow Democrat Greg Landsman called it "awful." 

"I don't know how to explain it. It was a terrible, terrible thing," Landsman said. 

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Tim Burke, the county's Democratic Party chairman, told WCPO by phone that calls for Young's resignation were unjustified.

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Local man wins $20,000 in popular ‘HQ Trivia’ game app 

Published: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 2:31 AM

Local man wins $20K from popular phone app

A Miamisburg man won $20,000 after recently playing the popular HQ Trivia game app on his phone.

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Jason Varney answered 15 trivia questions correctly on the app that typically allows people, twice a day, to attempt to get 12 trivia questions right in efforts to win part of a $5,000 jackpot.

In Varney’s case, the prize amount went up to $250,000 as part of a marketing deal between the app and a movie. The increased prize money also called for an increase in the number of questions he had to answer, from 12 to 15.

“When I was getting past question 12, my heart was pumping out of my shirt. I could’t believe what was going. It was visibly beating through my shirt. It was incredible”, Varney said. 

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He said the $20,000 will allow him to fly to Florida to see his great grandmother, who is recovering from a heart procedure. 

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40-plus cats euthanized after infection sweeps Tenn. animal shelter 

Published: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 4:15 AM

Animal lovers angry after 40-plus cats euthanized at Tenn shelter.

An animal shelter in Tennessee is defending its decision to euthanize more than 40 cats after an infection swept through the facility. 

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According to WATE-TV, animal lovers became outraged after learning the Pets without Parents shelter, which was reported to be a “no-kill” facility, put down dozens of cats. 

After weeks of attempting to nurse close to 50 cats that became infected with upper respiratory infections back to health, the shelter said euthanization was their last resort and only option. 

“My heart is animals,” said Lory Souders, the shelter’s president. “I’ve tried to save as many as I can.”

Although a number of people in the community claim the shelter isn’t doing enough to properly care for the animals and prevent disease from spreading, Souders says the problem is overcrowding.

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Pets Without Parents has a contract with the county and the city, and must accept all pets dropped off by animal control.

"We have had a situation here," Souders said. "We've been full for a long time."

Not only are they full, but they're well over capacity. The facility is built to house around 150 pets, and it's now holding more than 200.

Despite the overcrowded challenges, Souders said the only time they euthanize is when animals are either too aggressive or too sick to find a new home.

What the facility really needs, according to Souders, is for more people to give shelter animals loving homes.

Souders hopes this unfortunate situation raises awareness about adopting and volunteering with animals. 

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Reported house fire in Dayton prompts crews to respond 

Published: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 1:33 AM

Dayton fire crews responded to the 1400 block of McLain Street on a working structure fire late Wednesday night.

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The incident was dispatched around 11:25 p.m. after a complainant called saying a house was on fire, according to officials.

No word on what caused the fire’s start or if anyone was inside the home at the time. 

We’re working to learn more details and will continue to update this story.

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