Homelessness

Picture of Brandon Robinson, Destiny Williams and Son
M.L. SCHULTZE / WKSU public radio

Akron continues to struggle with what to do with a tent city for homeless people – and with what to do with its bigger homelessness problem. Here's a closer look at the legal battle and the options.

Destiny Williams and her now 3-month-old son, James, have moved on from Second Chance Village.

“He was conceived here, actually, so he’s the first Second-Chance baby.”

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GRACE HOUSE AKRON

Homeless people in Akron who are limited in their options for hospice care may be about to get a new resource.

Holly Klein is the president of Grace House Akron, which provides end-of-life care for people who can’t afford it. Her goal is to either find an existing house or build a new one that can provide beds for up to six people.

She says she felt motivated after hearing stories of hospice patients passing away without loved ones or a caretaker.

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FAMILY PROMISE OF SUMMIT COUNTY

The City of Akron and one of its homeless shelters have been awarded state grants to help prevent homelessness.

Jeff Wilhite is the executive director of Family Promise of Summit County, an emergency shelter that received a $100,000 grant. He says the money will help with operational costs. He says the organization also hopes to add room for nine more families in the shelter.

Second Chance Village
MARK AREHART / WKSU

The operator of a tent city for homeless people says he hopes to work with officials in Akron to address neighborhood concerns.

Second Chance Village
MARK AREHART / WKSU

The owner of a homeless encampment at odds with Akron zoning laws has scrapped plans to try to bring tiny homes to the property.

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