Public And Private Dollars Fueling New Local Effort To Fight Infant Mortality Among The Homeless
Columbus City Council this week approved legislation giving 75 thousand dollars to the Community Shelter Board to support a program fighting infant mortality. The agency is teaming up with a program called Moms2Be, which works to keep mothers and their children in stable housing. Shelter board director Michelle Heritage says homeless pregnant women face a host of challenges.
Hertiage says 354 women were in local shelters last year, and one goal of the 18-month-long collaboration is to cut that number. The program will identify pregnant women in unstable housing and work with them to develop and implement a plan to resolve the problem. The women will also get counseling and other services. The effort is also being funded with state and private-sector dollars.