On the Same Page and Homeless People with Mental and Emotional Disabilities

A recent local study indicates that at least one third of homeless individuals in Cincinnati suffer from mental illness and many do not know where to go for help. Since 1985, Tender Mercies has provided housing and related services to homeless persons with histories of chronic emotional and/or mental disabilities. Tender Mercies works in partnership with Greater Cincinnati Behavioral Health Services to maintain affordable permanent and transitional housing for the homeless. They also offer support to residents allowing them to live independently as an integral part of their community.

To gain a better understanding of the struggles of homeless people who are also suffering from mental and emotional disabilities, the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County has chosen Steve Lopez's book, The Soloist, as their selection for their community-wide reading program On The Same Page. The book is based on the true story of the relationship between a journalist and a homeless man named Nathaniel Ayers. Ayers had been a musical prodigy and a classical bass student who developed schizophrenia during his second year at Juilliard School and later became homeless in the streets of Los Angeles. A movie based on the book starring Jamie Foxx and Robert Downey, Jr. hits theaters on March 13.

For more information, visit the library's website and the website for Tender Mercies or call 513-721-8666. More information mental illness can be found at the website for the Greater Cincinnati Behavioral Health Services or by calling that organization at 513-354-7000.

Length: 
30 minutes
Date Recorded: 
02/19/2009