Become A Housing Hero To Help End Homelessness In Central Ohio

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WBNS-10TV and the Community Shelter Board are teaming up today, Wednesday, January 22, 2014 for “Day to End Homelessness," a campaign to raise money to house homeless adults and families who are experiencing homelessness. With Franklin County shelters over capacity, Day to End Homelessness responds to the growing need for the community’s support.

WBNS-10TV is hosting an all day telethon from 6 a.m. until 11:30 p.m. Donors can contribute now by calling (614) 469-10TV (1088) or Toll Free (855) 746-10TV (1088). Online donations are also being accepted on the website at  

The campaign urges Columbus-area residents to become a “Housing Hero” and contribute $1 a day or $30 a month via credit card. All money raised will support the successful programs of Community Shelter Board to help people get back on their feet and into affordable housing as quickly as possible.

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“9,000 of our neighbors faced disaster in the form of a housing crisis last year and sought relief at the doorstep of a shelter. Most never imagined losing their job, their savings and their home,” said Michelle Heritage, executive director of the Community Shelter Board.

People are turning to shelters in record numbers. Over the last three years, the Community Shelter Board’s shelters have served 65% more families and 14% more single men and women. More than 2,400 children were homeless last year.

“A dollar a day is about the same as a daily cup of coffee. But that’s all it takes to shelter a family and help them into secure futures and stable homes. Day to End Homelessness is an opportunity for neighbor to help neighbor. If we all help just a little, everyone will have a safe place to call home,” Heritage said.

The Community Shelter Board, established in 1986, is a public-private partnership organization that creates collaborations, innovates solutions and invests in quality programs in order to end homelessness in Columbus and Franklin County. CSB allocates more than $13 million annually to support homeless programs and services.

Last year, these programs served more than 9,000 individuals. CSB is funded by the City of Columbus, the Franklin County Board of Commissioners, the Franklin County Board of Commissioners, the United Way of Central Ohio, The Columbus Foundation, Nationwide Insurance Foundation, American Electric Power Foundation, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the State of Ohio and other public and private investors.

Day to End Homelessness is being made possible through the support of Nationwide Insurance and Safelite AutoGlass.

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