State Rep. Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron) today recognized National Homeless Persons Memorial Day, a day to raise awareness regarding homelessness and remember those experiencing homelessness who have died in the previous year. Many cities across the country hold vigils each year to recognize and remember those who have passed.

“It is important that we don’t forget about people experiencing homelessness, especially during the winter months,” said Sykes. “Finding time to share a meal or volunteer at a local shelter in your community can make a world of difference to someone in need. Ending and preventing homelessness will not happen overnight, but I encourage everyone to get involved with a local shelter or foodbank.”

According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the homeless population in Ohio decreased by 3% in 2017, but over 10,000 people remain homeless in the Buckeye State. Nearly 40 percent of homeless people in the United States are classified as unsheltered.

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Sykes Statement On Profiling By Capitol Square Security


State Rep. Emilia Sykes (D-Akron) today issued the following statement in response to the latest in a string of incidents where she and other black women lawmakers have been subjected to additional security measures when entering the Ohio Statehouse and other government office buildings. Upon entering the Riffe Center in Columbus last week, security officials stopped the Akron-area lawmaker despite her presenting her security access badge.