Rita Price, The Columbus Dispatch

Rita Price

The Columbus Dispatch

Columbus, OH, United States

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Past articles by Rita:

Eastland area leads in Columbus eviction cases, requests for rent help

The Eastland area leads Columbus in eviction cases, both before and during the COVID-19 outbreak. → Read More

Advocates work to protect nursing home vote during pandemic

COVID-19 is complicating efforts to assist voters in nursing homes and other care facilities. Advocates worry that some could be missed. → Read More

Salvation Army ringing Christmas bells early to offset effect of COVID-19

The Salvation Army is starting its Christmas fundraising early to offset what could be huge losses due to COVID-19. → Read More

With no end to COVID pandemic in sight, money for eviction aid dwindles

With unemployment high and no end to the COVID pandemic in sight, advocates say Ohio renters are in dire need of eviction help. → Read More

Open Shelter director and advocate for the homeless Kent Beittel dies at 72

Kent Beittel, a fierce advocate for the homeless in Columbus and longtime director of the Open Shelter, died late Friday at 72. → Read More

Feds allow summer food programs to continue for entire school year

With unemployment high and many classes still online, the USDA says summer meal programs for kids can continue the entire 2020-21 school year. → Read More

Annual count of Ohio domestic violence fatalities shows big spike

An annual count of domestic violence deaths in Ohio shows a big spike, including an increase amid first months of the COVID pandemic → Read More

Online school is tough for kids in domestic violence, homeless shelters

For parents and children living in domestic violence and homeless shelters, remote learning adds to the stress. → Read More

Ohio domestic violence programs prepare to reduce staff, services amid big funding loss

Ohio's domestic violence programs prepare to reduce staff and services after cuts to Victims of Crime Act funds. Advocates call on state to step up. → Read More

Franklin County ADAMH board seeks increased tax levy Nov. 3

Franklin County voters asked to approve increased tax levy for agency which provides mental health, addiction treatment and other services. → Read More

Its mission and passion intact, the Open Shelter will carry on without Kent Beittel

For nearly four decades, Kent Beittel was the heart, soul and somber face of the Open Shelter. Now the charity is preparing to soldier on without him. → Read More

Story kick-starts sneaker business for Columbus teen

Support, praise and new customers pour in for the Columbus teen who shook off the drudgery of a pandemic spring and summer with an in-home sneaker- → Read More

Columbus teen builds sneaker restoration business amid pandemic

Antonio Davis, like so many teens, spent the early weeks of the pandemic unsure of what to do with himself. Then he switched off the television and → Read More

COVID cases rise, agents cite bars for violations

Coronavirus cases again rose above the average over the past three weeks, and state agents cracked down on five bars in Ohio for violating safety → Read More

Columbus logs two more homicides

Two people shot in separate incidents have died of their injuries, Columbus police said.Exavier Shipley, 20, was shot a little before 8:30 p.m. Thursday → Read More

Franklin County landlords must show up to evict

As housing advocates across the nation sift through a new CDC order that allows for a ban on evictions during the pandemic, a much-disputed procedural → Read More

USDA allows summer-food programs to give kids free meals through December

Summer food-service programs that have provided free meals to children at nearly 80,000 sites throughout the nation may continue until Dec. 31, the USDA → Read More

Down syndrome group offers help to fill Ohio school gap

Remote learning can be especially difficult for special-needs students. One central Ohio organization is offering to help families pay for tutoring help. → Read More

Ohio sending COVID relief money to groups that help disabled

Agencies that provide services to people with developmental disabilities say the COVID-19 outbreak turned their beleaguered industry upside down. The → Read More

Child nutrition waivers set to end as COVID continues and many classes resume remotely

Federally funded meal programs were modified to make sure low-income children had enough to eat when the pandemic struck. With unemployment still high and → Read More