Rising Local Homeless Family Rate Bucks National Trend
The rate of family homelessness in central Ohio is rising despite a national decline. Figures released last month by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development show the number of homeless families across the country had decreased by 15 percent since 2010. But family homelessness in central Ohio increased by 7.6 percent during the same period. Factors include low-wage jobs, a lack of affordable housing, cuts to welfare and mental illness and addiction services. Local officials say they plan to research local homeless families and the system currently in place to help them.