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Cleveland's growing homeless population
Advocate for homeless people speaks in Cleveland
by WKSU's KABIR BHATIA


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One of the country's leading advocates for homeless people has been on tour this month ahead of National Hunger and Homelessness Week.  WKSU's Kabir Bhatia spoke with Neil Donovan about Cleveland's unique -- and growing -- homeless population.
Cleveland's growing homeless problem

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Northeast Ohio's stagnant job market, rampant foreclosures and frigid winters are a perfect storm for homelessness.  The number of people living long-term on the streets or in other temporary shelters has been growing in the past decade nationwide.  

But in Northeast Ohio, the problem has grown in a much less typical way, according to Neil Donovan, executive director of the National Coalition for the Homeless.

That’s Neil Donovan, executive director of the National Coalition for the Homeless, who was in Cleveland this weekend. He says one way to get people out of shelters is through the Federal Program for Rapid Re-Housing, which can help with security deposits and utility bills for transitional housing for up to 18 months.
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