YWCA Columbus joins community leaders to demand affordable housing

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YWCA Columbus joins community leaders to demand affordable housing

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Columbus Dispatch |  Article | Black community leaders urged public and private officials to do more to create affordable housing in Greater Columbus, saying the need has become as dire as ever.

Christie Angel, president and CEO of YWCA in Columbus, said her organization now shelters 188 individuals, 76% of whom are Black. She said the average shelter stay should be 22-30 days, but the average stay is now 82 days.

“This is supposed to be an emergency program,” Angel said. She said the YWCA has a $2 million-a-year fund to pay for emergency shelter expenses, but that amount has remained flat while costs keep increasing.

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