Police hold meeting to discuss growing homelessness population and offer ways to help – WHIO TV 7 and WHIO Radio

GREENVILLE — Last week, the Greenville Police Department held a meeting to discuss the growing population of homeless residents across the city and come up with ways to help these people, according to the Greenville Ohio Police Department. social media page.

Greenville Police and many other county organizations view the homeless population as a problem in the city, the spokesperson said in the news release.

During the meeting, police distributed photos to show the current condition of the Broadway Bridge and what it looked like after officers and the Street Department cleared it, the spokesperson said.

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Members of Family Health said they were helping the homeless population by trying to find them jobs, providing Medication Assist Treatment (MAT) and providing items such as clothing or phones, the report said. spokesperson.

EUM Church and Darke County Ministers Association have both contributed $40,000 to try to address this protracted issue, according to the statement.

The Fish Choice Pantry attended the meeting to inform the public of the days, times and where people can go to choose their own food, the spokesperson said. The pantry is located at 400 Markwith Avenue and dispenses easy-to-eat foods without kitchen appliances.

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Times when residents can pick up food from the pantry include:

  • Monday from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
  • Fridays from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Tri County Council funds community housing which distributes resources such as a crisis hotline and a list of recovery homes in the area on their website.

Tri County Council reminded residents that homelessness is linked to trauma and no one needs to be homeless if they don’t want to be, the spokesperson said in the statement.

There are 14 recovery homes in three counties, the spokesperson said. These homes require individuals to be completely drug-free if they want to continue living there.

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At the time of the meeting, Greenville had two salvage homes that were not at capacity, the spokesperson said.

The homeless community has the option of staying at the homeless shelter, although residents can only stay for a maximum of 30 days and it is usually filled to capacity, according to the spokesperson.

Ryan Delk and Chief Legal Officer Mike Rieman mentioned there are many opportunities for homeless people to receive employment in Darke County with more than 500 jobs available, the spokesperson said.

The Darke County Health Department is working with recently evicted people to find them housing, the statement said.

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