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Butler County claims housing emergency for families’ sake

The Butler County commissioners on Wednesday unanimously approved the use of $50,000 toward finding a solution for families in need of emergency housing.

“We have a housing crisis,” said Brandon Savochka, director of Butler County Human Services. “We are starting to see more families who are in need of emergency housing.”

Savochka said the majority of people who sought emergency housing in the past were individual adults. He said that paradigm has shifted.

According to county data, in the past 12 months, 83 families have requested emergency housing — a 75% increase from the 48 families who requested assistance in the same time frame one year earlier.

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