Hope prevails even as poverty, homelessness and overdoses are on the rise in Licking County

Even as development booms and jobs pour into Licking County, Mike Young is among the rising number of people in Licking County who struggle to find housing due to substance use disorder, prolonged poverty cycles and the tight housing market. Young has lived all three. And even with his efforts to stay sober and out of trouble, he still might not be able to afford a home in a county where rental prices have gone up 25% in the past couple of years.