Ohio advocates to hold vigil for homeless who died

CLEVELAND (AP) — An advocacy group will hold a vigil to remember homeless people who died in northeast Ohio during the past year.

The Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless in Cleveland estimates 50 homeless people die during 2013.

The coalition says there was a rise in homeless families this year but a decline in hate crimes against the homeless outside.

The coalition says more than 8,000 homeless people used a shelter in Cleveland during the last year.

For the first time this year in Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH’-guh) County, the coalition operated a separate overflow shelter system for families because of the larger numbers.

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