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Here are your morning headlines for Friday, Feb. 7:

Sage Lewis in the tent city
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Here are your morning headlines for Wednesday, July 24:

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The media plays a role in a number of films at this year's Cleveland International Film Festival. One documentary examines a giant of journalism, while one of the shorts takes a look at an issue that has dominated local news.

Zoning Board Denies Akron Tent City Appeal

Jan 30, 2019
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Supporters of a small tent city for the homeless on private property in Akron lost their zoning appeal Wednesday.

Land owner Sage Lewis told the Akron Board of Zoning Appeals his charity had helped some homeless reintegrate back into society but some,  he said, just cannot use the existing shelter system.

“If you’d like I can take you to people living under bridges. We can go do that right now. They are living there right now. They’re outside living there right now," Lewis said.

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Bitter cold weather can be the worst for those who have no home. One of Akron's homeless shelters is doing what it can to help them. 

"Right now the men are on overflow," said Jeff Kaiser, executive director of Haven of Rest Ministries."

Haven of Rest has 100 beds for male guests. Its facility for women and children, Harvest Home, can normally accommodate 59. Kaiser said they're currently serving about 230 people. 

"Any time we get a cold spell like this we’re always prepared for the extra amount of people."

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Here are your morning headlines for Tuesday, December 11:

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Here are your morning headlines for Monday, December 10: 

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Wooster officials are meeting on Monday, December 3 to consider an ordinance that will charge the homeless with misdemeanors for refusing to seek shelter.

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About two-dozen people were in Hardesty Park Sunday to protest Akron’s order to close a large homeless camp.

City Council last month denied a zoning request that would have allowed Second Chance Village to remain open.  The camp in the Middlebury neighborhood has been open since early 2017 and includes about 40 people living on a commercial property owned by entrepreneur Sage Lewis.

Andrea Fahey from Akron has been homeless in the past, and helped organize yesterday’s event.  She says Akron should be working with Lewis to find a way to keep the tent city open.

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Here are your morning headlines for Thursday, September 20:

  • Akron City Council calls for crime-riddled store to close;
  • Yost finds millions in savings for school districts;
  • Advocates concerned after Akron voted to close down tent city for homeless;
  • Cleveland Indians Jason Kipnis gets 1,000th career hit in second win against White Sox;

Akron City Council calls for crime-riddled store to close

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Here are your morning headlines for Tuesday, September 18:

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Here are your morning headlines for Friday, June 15:

Second Chance Village
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The operator of a tent city for homeless people says he hopes to work with officials in Akron to address neighborhood concerns.