- Associated Press - Sunday, January 4, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - An increase in homelessness among single women and families with children is making it hard for central Ohio officials to make good on a promise to eliminate shelter waiting lists.

Michelle Heritage, Community Shelter Board executive director, says the increase means both groups are taking up more space in the board’s new shelter than anyone could have imagined.

The Columbus Dispatch reported Sunday (http://bit.ly/14mWpD6 ) that men can still be subject to a waiting-list policy that was supposed to have been abolished along with the opening of the new shelter.

Central Ohio homelessness is up 79 percent for families and 16 percent for single adults over the past three years.

A Columbus Foundation study is expected to shed light on what’s causing the increase.

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Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com

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