Mansfield to receive $1 million to assist with homelessness:
Ankeytown: A view from a glass negative:
Ashland's Paramore wins OCC girls golf medalist honors:
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Today - The City of Mansfield will receive $1 million in federal funds to help with homeless residents and those at risk of becoming homeless.
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Adrian Ackerman, the community development and housing director, said that the City of Mansfield will receive $1 million in federal funds to assist with homeless residents and those at risk of becoming homeless. The money was allocated to the city through the American Rescue Plan Act through the Home Investment Partnerships Program. It's in addition to the $21 million the city is receiving in other ARPA funding.
In fact, the ARPA provides $5 billion across the country to help people or households who are homeless, at risk of homelessness, and other vulnerable populations. How? By providing housing, rental assistance, supportive services, and other types of shelter. The goal is to create housing stability country-wide. Ackerman explained that they didn't even have to apply since they’re already a HOME-funded entity. That meant they were automatically eligible. And last week he received 160 pages of rules and requirements on how the money can be used.
The timing of the funds looks appropriate. On Thursday, Richland County Commissioner Tony Vero said there’s an apparent visible rise in homeless residents in downtown Mansfield. It prompted him to see how Richland County could help. Vero and others pointed out how the gazebo in Central Park downtown has recently become an overnight gathering point for homeless or transient residents. There are also issues with activities in an alley near Central Park.
Vero said commissioners have been contacted by multiple business owners and residents asking what they can do. He noted that these contacts have been made "out of concern, not complaint." To start, Vero is contacting Joe Trolian, the executive director of Richland County Mental Health & Recovery Services, and Sharlene Neumann, the executive director of Richland County Job & Family Services. There are so many reasons involved in the homelessness issue, including mental health - and it's unclear what form county government assistance it might take to address these issues. Ackerman agrees, saying they want to make sure they’re able to do the most efficient and effective programming they can. Naturally, it’s going to take some time to determine what the needs are, and what’s reasonable to implement. But at least the funds are there to address it.
Next, some local history. If you drive south of Bellville on the Ankneytown Road, right after you leave Richland County and right before you hit Ohio 95 you’ll pass through the little hamlet of Ankneytown. In the old country a ‘hamlet’ became a ‘village’ when it had a church, and there is definitely a church in Ankneytown... though its hopes for becoming a village stopped at about a dozen houses. It did get the railroad, though, in the 1800s, and if the Richland B&O Trail were to be extended past Butler the next stop for cyclists would be downtown Ankneytown. Head over to richlandsource.com to check out a glass negative of the hamlet in 1890.
Next, From Ashland Source - Ashland high school golfer, Klaira Paramore, earned medalist honors with a 74 during Saturday's Ohio Cardinal Conference championship match at Brookside Golf Course. Paramore's score tied Lexington's Hannah Smith. However, Paramore won medalist honors in a scorecard playoff. Lexington captured the OCC team title by carding a 347. That was just enough to edge second-place Ashland at 349. Wooster was third at 355 and Mansfield Senior was fourth at 576. The first-team All-OCC honorees include: Paramore, Smith, Lexington's Alaina Kathrein, Ashland's Emma Packard, and Wooster's Mackenzi Ahrens. For more on the tournament, head over to ashlandsource.com
Finally, we’d like to take a moment to remember 39 year old Kristin Stewart of Mansfield who passed away following a sudden illness. She was born in Elyria and graduated from Madison High School in 2001. Kristin married Rick Stewart in 2013 and worked as an STNA at Oak Grove for many years, but left to stay home and raise her girls. She was hard working and had it all together. Keeping the house tidy, baking chocolate chip cookies and running the girls to games and practice, she was the ultimate soccer mom. Described as “the rock” of her family, her family was also her world. She is survived by her husband Rick, their daughters Keeli and Kacie, her parents, five sisters, her in-laws and many nieces, nephews and numerous friends.
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