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Could a 'master leasing' strategy help Knox County mitigate homelessness?

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Sunset aerial view of historic downtown Bakersfield, California in August 2021.

Editor's Note

We met with readers during our ‘Talk the Vote’ listening sessions and asked them what they wanted to see happen in their communities. Their thoughts were compiled into Citizens’ Agendas. This Solutions story looks at an idea introduced in a Citizens’ Agenda and examines how it is being tackled in another community.

MOUNT VERNON — Knox County's lack of affordable housing is a major obstacle in the community's fight to reduce homelessness, according to local leaders on the ground.

Joe Springer, operations manager for Knox County's lone emergency homeless shelter, The Winter Sanctuary, and Julie Miller, the shelter's incoming executive director, have both said it represents a prominent challenge in the re-housing process — on-par with mental health and substance abuse issues clients may face.

Staff Reporter

Grant is a 2018 graduate of Ohio Northern University, where he studied journalism and played basketball. He likes coffee, books and minor league baseball. He loves telling stories and has a passion for local news.