Community Shelter Board, 10TV Plan Day To Help End Homelessness


UPDATED: Friday January 10, 2014 2:31 PM

The Community Shelter Board has announced they will once again team with WBNS-10TV and the Dispatch Broadcast Group 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.

The campaign will urge 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.

WBNS-10TV and other members of the Dispatch Broadcast Group are teaming with the Community Shelter Board to promote the day long telethon on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 from 6:00 a.m. until 11:35 p.m.  Donors will be able to contribute over the phone or online.

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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.

Community Shelter Board, established in 1986, is a public-private partnership organization that creates collaborations, innovates solutions, and invests in quality programs to end homelessness in Columbus and Franklin County. Community Shelter Board oversees an annual budget of $13 million to support homeless programs and services. Last year, these programs served more than 9,000 people. Community Shelter Board is funded by the City of Columbus, 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 Auto Glass.

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