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Weeks after a powerful earthquake and dozens of aftershocks rocked Puerto Rico, citizens whose homes were damaged or destroyed by the quakes will be granted access to some financial relief, officials announced on Thursday.

President Trump "declared that a major disaster exists" in the southern regions of Puerto Rico and "ordered Federal assistance to supplement Commonwealth and local recovery efforts," the White House said in a statement.

Karen Kasler

The U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development came to Columbus Tuesday to announce new money to combat homelessness across the country – the day after a new report showed a slight increase in Ohio’s homeless population.

Foley

U.S. Housing and Urban Development officials were in Columbus Wednesday for a trio of announcements regarding the Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority. 

Tensions are growing between homeless advocates and the Trump administration, which is in the process of crafting a new strategy to deal with rising homelessness in California and other states.

Advocacy groups are concerned that the plan will rely on more vigorous law enforcement and private market incentives rather than on efforts to house homeless individuals and provide supportive services — a policy known as Housing First that has been embraced across the country over the last decade.

Lawmakers told Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson Wednesday that there's little chance Congress will accept the Trump administration's plan to make deep cuts in housing and development programs.

The Community Shelter Board and its volunteers conducted Columbus and Franklin County's annual point-in-time count of the area's homeless population. 

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development says central Ohio's homeless population rose this year by nearly seven percent to the second-highest level in more than a decade.  

As part of a nationwide effort to provide permanent, affordable housing to non-elderly residents with disabilities, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded more than two million dollars to a dozen public housing agencies in Ohio. 

The Community Shelter Board received the second largest grant in the latest round of federal funding to prevent youth homelessness. 

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson wants Americans living on housing assistance to put more of their income toward rent and he wants to give public housing authorities the ability to impose work requirements on tenants.

Under current law, most tenants who get federal housing assistance pay 30 percent of their adjusted income toward rent, and the government kicks in the rest up to a certain amount.

Despite a slight increase nationally, homelessness declined in Ohio according to the latest estimate by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. 

Columbus is one of 15 local and state governments who will share in a 46.6 million dollar federal grant to remove lead-based paint and other hazards in 31 hundred low-income homes.

Mike Foley

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary made an announcement in Columbus Thursday regarding affordable housing.

A U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development report shows homelessness is on the decline in Ohio and the nation.

Eleven Ohio agencies will receive nearly $1.9 million to help homeless veterans find and maintain permanent housing. 

The rate of family homelessness in central Ohio is rising despite a national decline.

A Lewis Center woman has pleaded guilty to federal charges of making false statements on real estate closing documents.

A woman convicted of stealing more than 588 thousand dollars from her non-profit employer in Reynoldsburg was sentenced Monday to two years in prison.

Government officials are accusing Kent State University of housing discrimination, alleging it refused to let a student with disabilities keep a dog as an emotional support animal in her campus apartment. 

A 30 million dollar federal grant will be used to help redevelop the former Poindexter Village apartment complex on the East side into a mixed-income housing development.