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PNS Daily Newscast - February 26, 2021 


A new study finds big gains in living-wage jobs under Biden Infrastructure Plan; U.S. House passes major protections for LGBTQ Americans.


2021Talks - February 26, 2021 


A $15 minimum wage is out for now; Capitol Police on past and current threats; House passes major milestone for equality; and voting rights targeted across the nation.

Public News Service - OH: Housing/Homelessness

There are new efforts to protect at-risk children from the trauma of being removed from their homes.<br />(AdobeStock)

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Work to reform foster care in Ohio is getting a boost from a new federal law. The Family First Prevention Services Act will be implemented this fall. It changes how federal dollars for foster care are spent. Rob Myers, deputy director for Stark County Children Services, explained

Ohioans who are behind on rent or mortgage payments can contact their local community action agency to see if they qualify for assistance through the Home Relief Grant. (Adobe Stock)

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Agencies are moving fast to get struggling Ohioans the CARES Act funding that can help them stay in their homes. In November, Ohio's Community Action Agencies received a total of $50 million through the Home Relief Grant to help those who are behind on their mortgage, rent or othe

Nearly 1-in-5 Ohio households was behind on rent in September. (AdobeStock)

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Policy groups and housing advocates are applauding the approval of emergency rental assistance in Ohio, while cautioning additional dollars are needed by the end of the year. The state has allocated $50 million in CARES Act funding for mortgage and rental assistance to families w

Roughly 114,000 people in Cleveland are living below the federal poverty line. (Nitram242/Flickr)

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CLEVELAND, Ohio - Cleveland and Cincinnati may not share the same opinions on football or chili, but they do have one thing in common, and it's nothing to brag about - they're both among the poorest cities in the United States. New Census data released yesterday reveals Ohio is the only state to h

Domestic violence shelters are adjusting living areas to accommodate the learning needs of Ohio kids during the pandemic. (Adobe Stock)

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Families and educators in Ohio aren't the only ones coping with back-to-school challenges during a pandemic. Domestic violence shelters also are working tirelessly to turn safe spaces into learning spaces. Terri Heckmen, CEO for the Battered Women's Shelter of Summit and Medina C

A survey found that 537,000 Ohioans are concerned they won't be able to pay next month's rent. (Adobe Stock)

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- For the one in three Ohioans who rent their home, the gap is widening between their earnings and their housing costs. The "Out of Reach 2020" report released Tuesday said Ohio's Housing Wage -- the hourly amount a renter needs to earn to afford a basic, two-bedroom apartment -- ro

The Justices of the Ohio Supreme Court couldn't agree on the reasoning behind their ruling in favor of an unusual foreclosure process. (Lucia Walinchus)

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By Lucia Walinchus Broadcast version by Mary Schuermann Kuhlman Reporting for the Eye on Ohio, the Ohio Center for Investigative Journalism-Ohio News Connection Collaboration COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio Supreme Court has ruled that an unusual foreclosure process that can result in people's homes b

Many homeless systems lack sufficient space to isolate and quarantine clients who show symptoms of COVID-19. (AdobeStock)

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio is starting a new effort to focus on the collision of two public health crises: coronavirus and homelessness. Gov. Mike DeWine announced the creation of a new task force that will examine how to best help homeless programs that are struggling to meet local, state and federal g

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