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This Week @ The Homeless Coalition

How Did the City Budget End Up?
We are short 28,000 homes affordable to households with incomes at or below 30% of the Hamilton County Area Median Income (AMI).
Yesterday City Council passed a budget that allocates only $611,000 to the Affordable Housing Trust Fund. These funds come from the Short-Term Rental Excise Tax which is obligated to go to the Trust Fund. This is the only allocation in this budget to the Trust Fund. None of the $140 million in American Rescue Plan funds were put into the Affordable Housing Trust Fund.
Earlier in the week, as explained in previous emails, Council passed a motion that the Affordable Housing Trust Fund would be the second priority behind city deferred maintenance projects if surplus funds are available at the end of this fiscal year. If available, up to $5 million of surplus funds could go to the Trust Fund. Knowledge of surplus funds and decision on their allocation will likely occur in September.
Also, earlier in the week, the City released a document that was to outline “City resources committed to affordable housing initiatives in [Fiscal Year] 2022 and proposed for [Fiscal Year] 2023”
Stay tuned next week for an email from us with a breakdown of this document.
As of now, City Council has not taken the necessary actions to vote to put funding for the Affordable Housing Trust Fund back on the ballot this November. It’s not too late for them to show a commitment to affordable housing, like they spoke of during their campaigns, by voting to put it on this November’s ballot, but time is running very short.
Our collective work is more important now than ever. We have already shown our ability to collect the necessary thousands of signatures to put affordable housing funding on the ballot. We showed, yet again, that people will come out for the Affordable Housing Trust Fund, as it was the most supported call to action at every one of the budget hearings. The low level of action of City Council is not reflective of our collective strength. We will continue to grow and push until we pass legislation that mightily funds the Affordable Housing Trust Fund every year, by right. Together, we will get there!
If you want to get involved or even more involved:
We're back!!! Join Mona and Dr. Mark to get important updates and news. You can't miss this!

Live streaming Tuesday at 1pm EDT on Facebook and Youtube.

Check out what's going on with some of our Member Organizations.
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There will be no July general meeting, but we will be back in August... with a special event coming in the fall!
In the meantime, if you want to book a speaker or other educational event for your group, organizing, school, etc., please request your event on the Homeless Coalition's page:
The Found House Interfaith Housing Network family is saddened to share the loss of one of our members—Peggy Scherer. Peggy worked with us for the past six years doing the kind of behind-the-scenes tasks that are critical to making sure the agency is there for families facing housing insecurity. Paying bills, tracking data, helping us evaluate where improvements could be made, and cheering on her team members as they worked the front lines with parents and children in need.
Peggy’s work in helping Found Housing IHN respond to and end family homelessness capped a long career focused on social justice and helping neighbors in need that included advocacy with people living with HIV/AIDS at our partner Caracole, as well working in the Catholic Worker movement directly with Dorothy Day. Please join Found House IHN in remembering and honoring Peggy’s good works and her lasting legacy of love in the greater Cincinnati community.
Storefronts is a neighborhood-based collaborative that operates out of the Miami University Center for Community Engagement in Over-the-Rhine (MUCCE) on the first floor of buddy’s place.
Storefronts believes in the human capacity for creativity, that our lived experience puts us in a perfect position to make art that can be a powerful tool for social justice.
Visit the Storefronts exhibit and gain a deeper understanding of the Over-the-Rhine People’s movement. See images of actions to produce housing, save buildings from demolition, and secure community assets. Read about past and present actions and engage in advocacy efforts underway today.
The exhibit runs through September 11th at the CAC. Admission to the CAC is free.
Contemporary Arts Center (CAC)
44 E 6th St.
We were thrilled to be featured on 91.7 WVXU today with our partners at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center about the mobile care clinic to serve our UpSpring Summer 360 campers! 💛

More than 8,000 children experience homelessness in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky each year.

And each summer, the nonprofit organization UpSpring holds a day camp called Summer 360° for dozens of those kids between the ages of 5 and 14.

The goal is to provide academic enrichment, meals and field trips so the children can explore some of what the region has to offer and spend time with other kids experiencing homelessness or housing insecurity.

This summer, the Summer 360° campers also will get visits from pediatric residents at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center to provide health screenings to determine whether the kids have gaps in their medical care and to connect the children and their families with the care they need.

The pediatric residents call their initiative REACH, for Reinforcing Health Equity Around Childhood Homelessness. It’s being supported with an American Academy of Pediatrics Community Access to Child Health grant...


Check out Peaslee's Annual Report to the Community for 2021! 🌻
Every night in Hamilton County, nearly 1,000 individuals are experiencing homelessness. Tender Mercies, a 2021 GCF Safety Net grantee, is working to lower that number by providing permanent supportive housing and rehabilitation services.

Rental, mortgage and utility assistance is still available from Hamilton County Job & Family Services. See below for more information about the Relief-a-Thon last Saturday June 25.

Read our joint statement with our community partners at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in response to the Forest Hills School District’s decision to ban anti-racist curriculum and training below!
Meetings are held by zoom on the 4th Tuesday of the month.  Please join the listserv to receive a zoom link.  
💥Northside Gateway Project Update:
NEST, Northside’s non-profit Community Redevelopment Corporation, has selected Urban Sites and Over-the-Rhine Community Housing as the preferred co-developers of the commercial sites at 3925 and 3927 Ludlow Avenue, known as the “Northside Gateway”. NEST acquired the properties with support from the City of Cincinnati via the HUD Community Development Block Grant funding program and private financing.
“NEST is excited to be working with this dynamic partnership as we pursue our commercial development goals to bolster our business district,” said Sarah Thomas, Executive Director of NEST. “The Northside Gateway is a prime opportunity for business district expansion, affordable housing creation and neighborhood connectivity to assets like the Mill Creek Greenway trail and the Northside Transit Center.”
For more information, visit our website:
The Cincinnati-Hamilton County Community Action Agency (CAA) is a private, non-profit organization that has served as a lifeline for low-income children, adults and families throughout Hamilton County for more than four decades. The agency provides a safety net for those who have fallen and a ladder for those who are climbing. Delivering a seamless system of services, CAA and its 300 employees provide assistance with employment, supportive services, home energy efficiency, early childhood education, housing and youth programs. 
Caracole has lost a beloved family member. Our hearts are heavy as we share with you the loss of our dear Lois Kay—to many, known affectionately as “Caracole’s Mom.” Her warmth and kindness were felt and will never be forgotten by anyone who spent just a minute with her. It was a rare AIDS Walk, Caracole gala or PRIDE parade that Lois did not join us for the fun. Handing out condoms with a twinkle in her eye telling everyone that “your Grandmother wants you to use a condom,” Lois made a deep impact on this agency as an advocate, a supporter and, most importantly, a friend. We are already missing her dearly.
Project Connect Cincinnati
Big thank you to Activities Beyond the Classroom for your support and partnership. Students attending the PC summer academic and enrichment program loved their brunch today from Ollie's Trolley! We truly appreciate your dedication to our students!
CAIN - Churches Active in Northside
Our pantry is open 10-1 today (Thursday). Stop by if you are in need or come pick up for a neighbor.
Nuestra despensa está abierta 10-1 hoy. Pase por aquí si lo necesita o venga a recoger a un vecino.
Our recovery center provides withdrawal management care for those in need. Come to us if you need help.
For more information visit or call us at (513) 961-4663 ext. 1
Have you seen the billboard? Do you know the story of Keith Lamar, currently on Ohio's Death Row? He's another person, we believe, who has been wrongfully sentenced to death. Help work for Justice for Keith LaMar

At age 13, Keith LaMar was caught joy-riding in a stolen car in Cleveland. He admitted his guilt and served six months in juvenile detention.

A few years later, he was caught stealing jewelry. He plead guilty and served two years for the crime.

At age 19, in 1989, he was charged with murder in a drug deal gone wrong. He plead guilty then, too, and began serving a term of 18 years to life in prison.

Four years later, on Easter Sunday of 1993, LaMar was accused of orchestrating the killing of five fellow prisoners in Lucasville, Ohio, in what remains state’s largest-ever prison riot.

From the very beginning, he’s denied any responsibility in the uprising and the murders.

"You should know the truth," he said in "Condemned," a 2014 memoir that lays out his version of the 1993 events. "My hope is that the truth will set you free to demand that justice be done."


Servants to the Least of These faithfully provides/distributes food/clothing/resource info to people in need downtown Cincinnati each Saturday morning
We'd like to introduce our followers to Dayna Boyle! Dayna is our new Volunteer Coordinator and will be the main point of contact for individuals or groups wanting to make a difference through volunteering! Dayna joins us from Toledo, OH where she worked as a teacher after graduating from Franciscan University. While she's made a tour around Ohio, her family resides in Houston, TX.
Please join us in giving a warm welcome to Dayna! If you would like to volunteer with SVDP, please contact Dayna at or sign up online:
Did you know that members of the LGBTQ+ community are 3 times more likely to struggle with a form of addiction than the general population? (Recovery Research Institute)
Here at CAT, we're continuing to increase our affirming practices through new LGBTQ+ inclusive educational services and increased LGBTQ+ competency trainings. Learn more about the impact of addiction on the LGBTQ+ community and how we're here to help today.
#LGBTQ #Addiction #PrideMonth #Treatment #Recovery

National #HIVTestingDay is June 27 & this year’s theme is “HIV Testing is Self-care.” Taking an HIV test is taking care of you. Knowing your status gives you powerful information to help stay healthy.
On Monday (June 27th), our HIV Prevention team will be at Walgreens on Vine from 10a-6p providing HIV tests. In addition to testing, we're there to help you understand your status and get you connected to resources for prevention or treatment. Stop by and see us!

Have you shopped at New Life Furniture Thrift Store yet? The store has been open for a month and is pretty awesome.. check it out! All proceeds support our mission and will help us furnish nearly 2,000 households this year! Donate. Thrift. Give Hope. Repeat.
The store is located in Sharonville Plaza next to Gabe's - 12037 Lebanon Rd. Cincinnati, OH 45241. Happy shopping! #Cincyfurniturebank #nlfthriftstore

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Woman's City Club featured in Movers & Makers

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Senior Services wrapped up this year with their first ever Gold Star Awards ceremonies. They held ceremonies in Southern Ohio, Central Ohio, and virtually. They recognized lifetime Gold Star winners, special award winners, and honored a year of incredible growth and teamwork. More than 175 employees participated in the celebrations!
🎉 Congratulations to the winners in each region:
🌟 Southern Ohio (Held May 11):
- Tracy Casto Excellence in Nursing Award: Stephanie Reffit,
Hospice RN/CM
- Excellence in Person-Centered Coordination Award: Nicole Wallis,
Professional Relations Manager
- PEAK Award: Mark Houser, Home Health Physical Therapist
- Servant Leadership Award: Sandy Lawhorn, Hospice Director of
Clinical Management
- Soul of Service Award: Collin Docterman, Hospice STNA
We are excited to announce that Children's Creative Corner was awarded $10,000 from the Andrew Jergens Foundation!
COVID-19 Daily Update:
June 28, 2022
New Cases: 122 (70,309 date)
Additional information can be found on our website:
League of Women Voters

Looking at the contracts:

"Minority- and woman-owned businesses are not getting their fair share of government contracts in Hamilton County, according to a new report conducted for the Board of County Commissioners.

The analysis finds about 8% of county and MSD contracts go to minority- and woman-owned businesses, but there are enough of those businesses to get three times as many contracts.

“If you can't measure it, you can't improve it. And Hamilton County has been willing to measure itself,” said Robert Bell, county director of economic inclusion and equity.

County commissioners hired BBC Research and Consulting to conduct the study, which includes five-and-a-half years of data from 2016 to 2021. Managing Director Sameer Bawa says there are substantial disparities for all business groups across all types of contracts.

“Even when Hamilton County and MSD were spending money with minority- and women-owned businesses, when we dug into those dollars, there seems to be some issues with those dollars being concentrated in relatively few hands,” Bawa said. “That is, the majority of the dollars going to minority- and women-owned businesses are actually going to a handful of firms.”

Businesses owned by white men were awarded $1.3 billion in contracts during the study time period, compared to $106 million for minority- and woman-owned businesses..."


The Cincinnati Health Network, Inc., is a private, non-profit corporation, established in 1986 to coordinate services and programs for medically underserve
Can you spot one of the two Sisters of Charity celebrating her 75th anniversary with the Community in this picture? This throwback to 1947 pictures postulants enjoying a sing-a-long on the Mount property. For many years one of the special recreations for the postulants was to take a walk to the property behind the Mount, which included the woods and the creek. #ThrowbackThursday
The Dominican Sisters of Hope are members of the global Order of Preachers commonly known as the Dominicans. As one branch of the Dominican Family -- sisters, nuns, priests, brothers and laity -- we claim Saint Dominic as our Founder.
Congratulations, Kick, on this well-deserved honor! We appreciate your work connecting our community and especially your leadership as a Lighthouse Board member.

ANNOUNCEMENT: The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra's Multicultural Awareness Council (MAC) has named Kick Lee as the recipient of the 2021-22 MAC Award for Diversity and Leadership in the Arts, an annual award which recognizes local artists, administrators, and visionaries who have forged paths for the inclusion of underrepresented communities in the arts.
Devoted to the advancement of music creatives in the Cincinnati region, Lee founded the Cincinnati Music Accelerator (CMA), Ohio's first music career accelerator organization, which focuses on connecting people, building diverse relationships, and providing creatives with opportunities to learn, create, and propel their careers. Since CMA's inception, hundreds of musical entrepreneurs have been supported in the Cincinnati region through his efforts.

Lee will be honored at the Orchestra's Andrew J. Brady Neighborhood Concert in the West End at Laurel Park on SAT JUL 16. A pre-concert celebration featuring live music from local artists will be held at 5PM. Details →
The Over-the-Rhine Museum will soon be open to the public and will present the stories and histories of people and families that have called the neighborhood "home," including German, Russian-Jewish, African American, and Appalachian families. Read more about what you can expect once it opens in the blog!
Happy Pride from First Lutheran, Philippus United Church of Christ, and all the Cincinnati ELCA Lutherans!
Please help us welcome Juwana Hall as our new Chief Operating Officer!
Juwana has worked in the Social Service field for over 15 years, with 7 of those years working with domestic violence survivors and families. She is an Alumni of University of Cincinnati, College of Mt. St. Joseph and Cincinnati State. Juwana is an equitable and transformational leader with a passion for program and community development, advocacy, and performance improvement. She believes one of her life’s purposes is to empower and positively impact the lives of the individuals she meets. Juwana serves on the Board of Directors for New Life Furniture and Pieces. Her favorite saying and motto she lives by is Strong Alone, Powerful Together.
Great times at Cincinnati Pride Parade today with our friends at UC Health.
UC Health is the presenting sponsor of Red Bike. They help make bike share work in Cincinnati!
This Supreme Court Decision directly harms all who seek reproductive justice especially BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and low income people in our communities.
As Methodists we are called to Do No Harm and Love our Neighbors. This action directly goes against our values as Christians and the rights of American Citizens.
We as people of faith must come together to ensure that all people, particularly the most vulnerable, have free and equal access to abortion.
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Death penalty, Human trafficking, Immigration, Peace and Nonviolence.

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We rely on the help of hundreds of local volunteers to sort & pack donations so we can deliver them to those who are starting over from devastating circumstances. Special thanks to this hardworking youth group that came out to volunteer with us! This awesome group delivered furniture, worked in our warehouse, and volunteered in New Life Furniture Thrift Store. They rock! #igniteyouth #cincyfurniturebank #nlfthrift #volunteers
We need your help! Our food pantry has been very busy this summer and is currently in need of a cargo van to help us collect and transport food. Please contact us if you or someone you know may have a connection!
Thanks for shining the spotlight on Lighthouse, Walnut Hills Business District! We appreciate our neighbors and love being a part of the community!
Shelterhouse (formerly the Drop Inn Center) is the region’s only shelter providing comprehensive services to the area’s homeless population 24/7, 365 days per year.
Established in 1973, Shelterhouse (a recognized 501c3), operates the 150 bed David & Rebecca Barron Center for Men, and the 60 bed Esther Marie Hatton Center for Women, as well as the Winter Shelter operating during the coldest months of the year. Shelterhouse provides counseling, education, and healthcare services needed to help individuals return to permanent housing.
We're so excited that our brand spankin' new oven is up and running! This amazing oven was funded in part by Sycamore Presbyterian Church - Cincinnati, Ohio, Indian Hill Church, and the Carol Ann & Ralph V. Haile, Jr. Foundation! Thanks to all who made this happen, we are able to more efficiently serve our guests... Looks pretty spiffy, too! 🌟
"Charity isn't about pity, it is about love." - Mother Teresa
Thank you to Koben Hinman and the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church Piecemakers group for their love and effort in making these beautiful quilts and blankets for our clients in shelter. Your support makes a big different in the lives of our families.
Want to help people experiencing homelessness but unsure how? Check out our Amazon Wishlist ( to send items our guests need most directly to our door!
#showersforall #dignityotr #donate
Thank you to all who joined us our second HER Cincinnati "EmpowHER Hour" at Lytle Park hotel. We hope that our guest speakers gave you a wonderful glimpse into the work that we do in our programs today, and how it continues to be as critical as it was in 1830. A huge shout out to our presenters from the, Women's Fund of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation, and to Federal Home Loan Bank of Cincinnati for your generous donation. We could not do this without our sponsors, community partners, and our donors!
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In collaboration with Northsiders Engaged In Sustainable Transformation (NEST) we will be touring the amazing developments, projects, and all things exciting happening in the Northside neighborhood.
Starting at 11:30 we will meet at The Factory Events for lunch and load up on the buses for the tour at 1:00 PM. The bus tour will be a mixture of sightseeing and light walking and ending around 4:00 PM for a nice Happy Hour to end the day.
Tour includes Northside Residential Focus Area, Northside Gateway Project, & John Arthur Flats.
This year the BusTour is back in person, and we can’t wait to see everyone! COVID-19 safety and precautions will be taken. Please register to claim your spot for this event that will be full of exciting conversation, fun, and all things community development!
This event will cost $40 for members and $55 for non-members. Register by clicking the link for exciting conversation, fun, and all things community development! Click here to register:
Raise a glass to the St. Vincent de Paul Charitable Pharmacy at our annual Wine & Bourbon Tasting!
Held immediately following our Prescription Fore Fun Golf Outing, this event provides guests the opportunity to sample a wide variety of wines and bourbons, and bid on auction items, all in support of the Charitable Pharmacy!

All proceeds benefit St. Vincent de Paul’s Charitable Pharmacy, the only pharmacy in Southwest Ohio dedicated to providing free medication and professional pharmaceutical care to people in need from Hamilton, Butler, Warren, and Clermont Counties. For more information, please visit
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