Cincinnati Coalition Produced Video to Spotlight Effect of McKinney Cuts
by Pat Clifford
Published in Cincinnati Homeless Grapevine, a precursor to Streetvibes
The Greater Cincinnati Coalition for the Homeless has gone high-tech to curtail the loss of federal homeless funding.
Representatives from seven shelters and social service agencies in Cincinnati helped produce a video to be presented to Ohio’s U.S. Senators, John Glenn and Mike DeWine, in hopes that they will lead the charge to restore money cut from the McKinney Act.
Hamilton County would receive slightly more than $1 million for homeless shelters and programs under the McKinney Act, but the Senate and House are expected to reduce that allocation by 40 percent.
This video shows administrators and clients of the different agencies detailing what a 40 percent reduction would mean to them. Some say programs or staff would be cut, while Bob Mecum, executive director of Lighthouse Youth Services, said clients may be turned away.