Thursday, August 24, 2006


Hunger Increases in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, U.S.

Hunger is a devastating condition closely linked to poverty. And while new poverty estimates are due from the Census Bureau on August 29, local data show that no matter what the census numbers say, basic needs such as for food are on the rise in Cleveland and the suburbs of Cuyahoga County.

A new report released by The Center for Community Solutions shows that hunger has increased in Cleveland and surrounding suburbs, as well as in the state and the country. The report measures hunger in Cuyahoga County by the number of food stamp recipients and the number of calls to the local 211 agency for help in finding food assistance in 2000 and 2005. It provides comparisons to U.S. and Ohio hunger data, and tracks food stamp recipients and food assistance calls to show that poverty and hunger increased inside and outside the central city since 2000.

Find the full report here or call author Terry Lenahan at 216-781-2944 ext. 101.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006


Millions of Ohio's TANF Dollars Still Unspent

The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services recently notified the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services regarding the balance of unspent TANf funds. As of 6/30/06 there is an total uspent balance of $898,873,722. This is composed of $272,792,336 in unliquidated obligations, and $626,081,386 in the unobligated balance. This total is about $175,000 less than the previous quarter total. “Unliquidated obligations” are amounts a state has committed to spend but has not yet spent. This includes funds the state has set aside for counties, but which have not yet been spent. “Unobligated” refers to funds that the state has neither spent nor awarded.

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