Alliance for Children & Families

The Effects of Homelessness on Society

The effects of homelessness on society are costly, not only in terms of tax dollars spent but on the strain it puts on social agencies, individuals and families. Though families and some individuals may find themselves in homeless shelters for relatively short periods of time due to an economic or personal crisis, it is the long-term, chronic homeless population that runs up significant costs. These include hospitalization and emergency room visits, police intervention and incarceration, and use of mental health, poverty and homeless programs.
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Stark County Wages vs. Rents

Stark County needs more affordable housing like the homes the Alliance for Children and Families provides. It addresses the wage gap  in Stark County; this gap is the difference between minimum wage and the hourly wage needed to afford basic living expenses. According to the “Out of Reach 2019” report a person must make $9.73 per hour, for 40 hours per week, to afford a zero-bedroom (studio) apartment. That’s more than a dollar higher than the state’s minimum wage.


Stark County families need to make much more to afford a two-bedroom apartment. These renters need $14.90 per hour, in a full-time job, to earn enough to afford average rent of $775. Food preparation and fast food workers, home health aides and retail workers are among the fastest growing occupations. Yet none of these jobs pay that much. As long as the cost of housing exceeds the average wages of so many jobs, our region will continue to struggle with homelessness and the family instability it causes.


News & Announcements

Alliance Family Health Center Off-Site Clinic Reopens on July 7th!

Appointments may be scheduled weekdays between 11am – 2pm.

The health clinic is open to the Alliance community and accepts all Medicaid and insurance programs. Call or email Amanda Brothers at 330-821-6332 to make an appointment.

The Health and Wellness program also offers:

  • FREE First Aid / CPR Certification
  • Nutrition Classes
  • Health Cooking Demos
  • Immunization Clinics
  • Weekly Online Activities
  • Wellness related classes such as Suicide Prevention and Narcan Training
  • And more!

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Receive Help Paying for Eyeglasses

In partnership with Prevent Blindness, Alliance for Children and families may be able to help make your next prescription eyeglasses more affordable. 

Call or email Amanda Brothers at (330) 821-6332 or email her at for details. 

S.T.A.M.P. Parenting Classes

S.T.A.M.P. (Skills to Acquiring Mastery of Parenting) Classes are held every Wednesday from 5:30 – 6:30 pm at via Zoom.

Reservations are required. Contact us at (330) 821-6332 to sign up while spots are still available. Click to learn more about S.T.A.M.P

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