Linda Smith is a lifetime resident of Butler County. She has worked with the homeless, mental health, and substance abuse populations since 1995 in the following counties: Butler, Warren, Clinton, Preble and Hamilton. She has worked at Transitional Living, Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority, New Housing Ohio, and the Talbert House. She has vast experience working with all areas of housing resources including transitional housing, HUD subsidized housing, permanent supportive housing vouchers, Returning Home Ohio vouchers, SSVF (homeless veterans) program, and homeless shelters.
Linda shares her thoughts on homelessness.
"I never really thought much about homelessness until I took a job working with adults with mental illness. It was at that time I realized that for many being homeless isn't just a choice or about being lazy, but that life can be hard and sometimes it throws us a curveball that we just don't get to overcome. I love working with the families because it gives me an opportunity to not only help the parents, but we can show kids alternatives that will break the poverty cycle that they live in. I also feel this line of work is what God called me to do."
Linda lives in Hamilton with her husband Glenn and their 3 dogs. Linda has 2 adult children, a son and a daughter.
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