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Preventing homelessness



Published: Wed, December 5, 2012 @ 12:00 a.m.

Preventing homelessness

COLUMBUS

State Sen. Joe Schiavoni of Boardman, D-33rd, announced Monday that the State Controlling Board released more than $500,000 from the Office of Community Development to the Mahoning Valley to assist local nonprofit and local government agencies to prevent homelessness.

Catholic Charities Regional Agency and the Greater Warren-Youngstown Area Urban League will receive $234,000 and $190,000, respectively, from the Ohio Housing Trust Fund Homeless Crisis Response Program to assist homelessness prevention.

The Supportive Housing Program also will disburse $108,000 and $108,500 to the Beatitude House and YWCA of Youngstown, respectively, to assist with transitional housing.

Additionally, Habitat for Humanity of Mahoning County will receive an undetermined amount of funding from the OHTF Discretionary Grant Program to construct or rehabilitate 20 single-family homes.

Records found discarded by tracks

HOWLAND

State Rep. Bob Hagan of Youngstown, D-60th, was getting his teeth cleaned in Niles on Monday when the dental hygienist told him about some medical records she had noticed along railroad tracks off of Deforest Road.

Hagan checked it out, calling fellow state Rep. Tom Letson of Warren, D-64th, after he confirmed what was there, including records containing Social Security numbers and addresses.

Howland is in Letson’s district, Hagan said. Letson was going to contact Howland officials, Hagan said.

Hagan said the kind of information contained on the documents would have enabled someone to commit identity theft, so he felt it was important to act on the information as quickly as possible.

Meeting set

Lordstown

The Lordstown Village Streets and Sidewalks Committee will have a regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. today in council chambers, 1455 Salt Springs Road SW.

Giving Tree

BOARDMAN

Boardman police dispatchers are coordinating an Angel Giving Tree to benefit the Salvation Army.

The tags are hanging on a tree in the Boardman police department lobby, 8299 Market St.

Anyone can take a tag, which has the age and gender of a local child in need, and is asked to return the unwrapped gift by Sunday.

Park road-closings

Youngstown

Effective Monday, Mill Creek Park will be closed to vehicle traffic for the winter on Chestnut Hill Drive, between Canfield Road and the Kirkmere Spur; High Drive, between the Kirkmere Spur and West Cohasset Drive; and Calvary Run Drive, between Belle Vista Avenue and Milton Avenue.

While closed to vehicle traffic, these roads are available for various recreational uses such as hiking, bicycling, cross-country skiing and sledding.

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