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This Week @ The Homeless Coalition

Too many people confuse "progress" with the status quo - gentrification destroys communities, as we've seen in Over-the-Rhine. Fortunately, a group of individuals and organizations have been fighting back to ensure self-determination in Over-the-Rhine, but the media and the "feel-good" machine doesn't tell you the truth.
This Saturday, you can get involved to make a difference in our community by attending the Over-the-Rhine People's Movement Walking Tour and learning the hard truth about redevelopment in Cincinnati's urban basin.
As we face a new Mayor, Council, and possibly City Manager in less than 60 days, now is the time to learn our shared history to enable us to move forward with an eye to equity. Without the past, we will continue to herald the displacement machine, 3CDC, and fail to make a neighborhood safe for long-term residents.
Simply grab your ticket on Brown Paper Tickets today and grab a friend to join you on Saturday - Free tickets are available, but all donations support the continued work of the Homeless Coalition, including tenant organizing, service coordination, policy work, Streetvibes, and education. All are welcome!
Join us for our Annual Fundraiser with special guest host, Key Beck! This year, we are hosting Trivia Night and will honor those who were dedicated to serving our agencies and our missions in 2021.

Register using the following link:

Additional details about the trivia portion of the evening will be provided upon registration.

Know someone who works hard to eradicate homelessness? Nominate them for an award!

Julie Martin Award: For an individual or organization that has provided exemplary services to those who are experiencing homelessness and demonstrated dedication to eradicating homelessness.

Jimmy Render Award: For someone who is/has experienced homelessness, defied the odds, and subsequently committed themselves to addressing the needs of people experiencing homelessness.

Young Advocates Award: For outstanding young leaders who are committed to promoting awareness about homelessness and whose actions have supported people experiencing homelessness.

Streetvibes Distributor of the Year: For a current Streetvibes Distributor
Please email nomination letters to

buddy gray Award: For an individual who has dedicated their life to social justice for the betterment of all our lives.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact me at

In November, you have an opportunity to engage with us as we highlight the resilience of the Over-the-Rhine People's Movement, the work of the Homeless Coalition and our member organizations, and the power of people experiencing homelessness.
Please grab your limited tickets and put these events on your calendar TODAY so that you can be a part of the movement to eradicate homelessness. Hear the voices of people experiencing homelessness, walk historical pathways in tours, and earn your certificate by completing the Ambassador program - you can do it all in November for Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Month.

* Virtual Speaker's Bureau (3 events)
-- Willa Jones, 11/17 7pm
-- Samuel Jackson, 11/18 7pm
-- Melissa Mosby, 11/20 7pm

* Virtual Training (4 events)
-- Affordable Housing 201, 11/10 10am
-- Housing Protections 301, 11/17 10am
-- Housing Production 401, 11/24 10am

* In-Person Walking Tours (Masked, 11/6 & 11/27)
-- Over-the-Rhine People's Movement Walking Tour 10am-12 noon

* In-Person Walking Tour (Masked, 11/14)
-- The People's Movement TODAY Walking Tour 1-3pm

Tickets are available right now!

Please share! All are welcome, but adult themes are presented throughout, so we suggest 13 years old as the minimum age, but all are welcome!
Check out what's going on with some of our Member Organizations.
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The UpSpring Resource Collaborative is as busy as ever this time of year - Program Director Maurice dropped off resources and supplies to our partners at Norwood City School District last week! 💛

The Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati are the Leading Sponsor of our 11th annual event, Making a Way with Peaslee. Peaslee is so thankful for our deep partnership with the Sisters of Charity, who for many years have been integral to Peaslee as a space for community education and organizing, and in particular to our piano program. In so many ways Sisters of Charity makes our work possible, and inspires us to continue Making a Way.
We hope you will tune in for our virtual event, Making a Way with Peaslee, this Thursday, November 4 at 6:00 pm. Learn more and register to attend at

You can see the raffle items contributed by our staff and board members and buy raffle tickets at
Intensive Outpatient Treatment is designed to assist women with managing substance use disorder and mental health treatment needs by building an individualized program based on the strengths, needs and abilities of every client.
Our program provides trauma-informed treatment for pregnant and non-pregnant women, who are least 18 years old. Our Intensive Outpatient Treatment program provides housing and 98% of the women receiving services live ‘on campus.’ Women can live together with their children up to the age of 12.

Thanks @orchard_cincinnati for the providing space for our first ever grant team retreat! We’re ready to take on 2022 fundraising. If you’re ready too, give now at
As we close out Domestic Violence Month, hear from our Project CARE Self-Advocates on what this month means to them!

Congratulations to the Chair of CAA's Board of Directors, Chandra Mathews Smith, for receiving Cincinnati's 2021 Humanitarian of the Year Award! We are so proud of you and appreciate your leadership in our community.
If you have tested positive for HIV/AIDS and live in the Greater Cincinnati area, we’re here to help YOU! Caracole can provide #HIV support, such as access to benefits, medication and safe and affordable housing services, all at no cost.

To learn more about our client services, check out our website:


Just a few quick pics of Thursday's Bash.
More to follow.
📷 Wayne Litmer Photography
CAIN - Churches Active in Northside
Monday 5:00-7:00pm
Tuesday and Thursday 10am - 1pm
In case of bad weather, we follow Cincinnati Public schools

Don't wait! Get your tickets today for this important event on Affordable Housing. Want to know the ins and outs about affordable housing? This is the definitive training!

Free Tickets Available:

Thank you for helping keep kids safe!

As colder weather arrives in Greater Cincinnati, utility costs are expected to rise. This week, WLWT is sharing tips that may help lower utility bills:
Duke Energy has also compiled a list of payment programs and assistance available for Ohio residents here:

We each can make a difference individually, however, when we work together, that level of impact soars and impacts so many more lives! 👏👏👏
Working side by side towards our common goals to help our community has been a great result of Community Links through the Hamilton County Health Department. Through Community Links, community partners have been given the awesome opportunity to collaborate with one another to help others by utilizing direct access to many useful resources.
Plus, it’s always great to see our friends from Hamilton County Public Health, Equitas Health, Sunrise Treatment Center, and BLOC Ministries!
#BetterTogether #CommunityLinks #Recovery

COVID-19 vaccines for ages 5-11 were approved for Ohioans late last night. We're working to have them available as soon as possible. Please keep an eye on our website and our social pages as they will be updated the minute we are ready.
In the meantime, read how we're prepared to reduce shot anxiety while your child gets vaccinated (thank you to our nurse, Jo Dalton, for this insight).

“Hamilton County’s mortgage relief program is an essential support for our communities’ homeowners,” stated Stephanie Moes, Legal Aid Society Managing Attorney. “With the federal foreclosure moratorium having ended, homeowners need this critical and timely assistance. If you are already facing foreclosure or at are at-risk of foreclosure, reach out to the Legal Aid Society, as we may be able to help. Our phone number is 513-241-9400.”
Read more of Stephanie’s comments in Mariel Carbone’s story on WCPO:

TONIGHT is our annual PARTY IN THE HOUSE event! Twenty amazing interior designers are coming together to reveal their re-imagined furniture pieces from our warehouse! The pieces will be auctioned at 6pm tonight! Don't have tickets? No worries! You can visit to see the pieces and bid after 6pm! You can also purchase raffle tickets for an amazing bourbon collection. All proceeds benefit New Life Furniture Bank. #Cincyfurniturebank #pith21

Affordable Housing and Leed Gold – Double Win for Over-the-Rhine and our neighbors!
Yay! LEED for Homes Green Building Certification, Inc issued our building at 1505 Vine St. the "LEED Gold" rating!
We are extremely proud to have earned this certification!
Thank you to our partners – SOL Design Consultants, New Republic Architecture, 3CDC, and TriVersity.

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All members who provide email addresses will receive an electronic invitation to join the Affordable Housing Advocates e-mail listserv. ListServ is also available to nonmembers who sign upthere is a screening process to detect spammers.

Meeting notices and communications are sent electronically, not through US Mail.

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Check out our latest episode of The Service Coordinator Podcast 🎙️ where I talk with Sonja Nelson, Vice President of Resident Initiatives at The Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority. We discuss how Service Coordinators play an intricate part in how CMHA helps their Family's and Seniors in their Affordable Housing Communities. Sonja discusses CMHA's Diversity Program and also what is in the near future for CMHA and their Service Coordinators!
Watch here:
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For National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week (Nov 13-21st), we are presenting Speaker Week, kicking off with Willa Jones' My Life in Poem virtual speaking engagement. Check your calendar right now and get your tickets for all of our upcoming events:

Tickets for November's Educational Events are sliding scale - FREE tickets available!! (Virtual events held on Zoom, walking tours will be in-person, masked.)

Our CCPC health centers provide medical care, from pediatrics to adults. To schedule an appointment, please call 513-357-7320.
League of Women Voters

Redistricting back in the legislature:

"In committee hearings Wednesday, Republican lawmakers in the House and Senate unveiled their plans for new congressional districts.

In both cases Democrats complained the maps were shared at the eleventh hour, leaving members unable to properly analyze the proposals before them. Procedural votes along partisan lines and unanswered questions about the drafters’ intent seem to presage a bitter fight more likely to produce a lengthy court battle than a 10 year congressional map.


Ohio Republicans have had a 12-4 advantage in congressional districts since the maps were last drawn in 2011, with no congressional seats flipping parties in any election since that time. Ohio lost one district in the 2020 U.S. Census, going from 16 down to 15.

Both the House and Senate GOP maps would incorporate large swaths of Republican territory into Toledo Democratic U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur’s district effectively rendering it a Republican district. Kaptur said in a statement that fair districts are a foundational requirement of the American Republic, assuring that the voices of all people are able to influence government.

“Lawmakers should not be able to insulate themselves from the views of their constituents through a rigged system of gerrymandering,” she said. “The proposals unveiled today are a clear violation of this most basic principle.”

The House map splits Hamilton, Franklin, Cuyahoga and Summit counties all into three districts..."


November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month, a good time to find out if you should consider getting screened. Learn about lung cancer risks, screening recommendations, and questions to ask your doctor.
Tips for keeping your lungs healthy:
* Stop smoking, and avoid secondhand smoke or environmental irritants.
* Eat foods rich in antioxidants.
* Get vaccinations like the flu vaccine and the pneumonia vaccine. ...
* Exercise more frequently, which can help your lungs function properly.
* Improve indoor air quality.

The November issue of E-Vōc is now available! E-Vōc is the electronic newsletter from the Vocations Team of the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati for single women wondering what new thing God is calling forth in their lives. View it at

Have you thought about dinner tonight? May we suggest the following:

November is Homeless Youth Awareness Month. Did you know over 8,000 children in our region experience homelessness each year? 💛

We are thrilled to share that Interact for Health has given a generous planning grant to our Charitable Pharmacy to help expand our Tobacco Cessation Program. Thanks to this generosity, more neighbors will be able to quit smoking, the Charitable Pharmacy will be able to facilitate a more innovative and equitable program, and our community will be healthier and able to breathe easier!

Three Dominican Sisters of Hope were featured in The Word this week: Sisters Marianne Watts, OP; Connie Koch, OP; and Beth McCormick, OP. Read more and hear their words:

What does it mean to be Appalachian? To find out, Mike Templeton is asking that question to Appalachians and urban Appalachians alike. Get a first-hand glimpse into several unique perspectives from the urban Appalachian community in this week's blog. Additionally, if you are interested in further exploring the urban Appalachian identity, consider participating in our Story Gathering Project! More info on that in the blog post:
First Lutheran Church Cincinnati updated their profile picture.

Watch the most recent service:

Oyler School Red Bike Club bike ride to Museum Center. Off to Findlay Market next!

A digital thank you and acceptance speech from the 2021 Bishop Melvin Talbert Reconciling MInistries Award: Rev. Jeremy Smith!


Founded in 1996, Project Connect provides advocacy paired with specialized educational services and lifestyle enrichment opportunities for children who have neither a voice, nor a choice, in being homeless.
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We have been receiving more food voucher requests than ever this school year. We have already gone through our food budget for the year fulfilling these requests, and we need help to make sure our kids are fed. A child that is well-nourished is healthier, happier, and more likely to succeed in school. If you or your company can help, please contact us ASAP at 💛
Local youth who play for the Cooper Jaguars Youth Football team collected three bins worth of toiletries for our shelters over the past month.
Jodi Stacey of the YMCA Greater Cincinnati – Central Parkway, assisted with the collection and drop off of the donation.
We are so grateful-- thank you!

CAIN has a Program Coordinator position available through the Public Allies Cincinnati program. Visit for information about Public Allies and the position available at CAIN.

Adopt a family for Thanksgiving!
Give the gift of a meal to a family in need! During the winter months, we put special emphasis on in-kind donations to support our neighbors. Adopt a family and donate a basket with all items needed to provide a homecooked Thanksgiving meal!
Sign Up Below!

Let us make your donation dollars go further this holiday season!
Through relationships with partnering organizations, MEAC can fill our Thanksgiving & Holiday dinner boxes for just $15: that’s at least $7 under retail!
Fill a box and/or join the team to spread the word at
While we're now inviting guests to come inside to eat (13 at a time for distancing), we're still providing snack bags so that they have something to eat later in the day. Sandwiches are provided in each bag, and we rely on the generosity of off-site volunteers to prepare and deliver them. ❤🍞
If you're interested in helping out, you can get details and delivery directions here:

Support our families this holiday season by adopting a family staying at Bethany House! In 2020, more than 280 families were adopted, and their holidays made brighter by your generosity!
Make our families’ wishes come true again in 2021 by adopting one or multiple families. To learn more about how to adopt-a-family, please visit

Don’t forget! Our Thrift Stores hiring fair is happening tomorrow at the St. Vincent de Paul Outlet Store, located on the corner of Este & Chickering Aves. Please join us if you are interested in learning more about job opportunities at one of our Thrift Stores!
Positions we are seeking to fill include:
-Donation attendants
-Stock clerks
-Warehouse attendants

Thank you to all of our congregations, partners, volunteers, and donors for being the change and supporting IHNGC families.
Bake Me Home
The Humane Society of the United States
Christ Church Cathedral
Calvary Episcopal Church - Clifton
Anderson Hills United Methodist Church
Immaculate Heart of Mary
Cherry Grove United Methodist Church
Mark Your Calendars!
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Our event’s name is inspired by Peaslee’s founding women, who struggled for years to acquire the former Peaslee School, a community asset they were determined to keep as an educational resource. They overcame every roadblock until the keys were finally theirs—yet every penny of what they raised went toward the building purchase, leaving them with no funds to develop programming. In those early days, the women of Peaslee were “making a way out of no way.” Thirty-five years later, we continue to make a way toward our vision of a just and inclusive community.

This year our event will be virtual, but as always it will celebrate education and social change work in our community. We hope you will join us!


Get your tickets now! Join us for an amazing event featuring a DESIGN CHALLENGE by the area's finest interior designers who reveal "re-imagined" pieces from donated items and demonstrate the art of repurposing, creativity, and design.

The evening will be filled with excitement and celebration and includes an OPEN BAR & DELICIOUS BITES, an opportunity to meet the designers and vote for your favorite design reveal, bid on the unique pieces, and learn more about Greater Cincinnati's ONLY furniture bank.

Space is limited to 200 guests for this event, so buy your tickets today by clicking the link below! Valet parking provided. This event will follow all State of Ohio mandated rules & guidelines regarding Covid-19.

#Cincyfurniturebank #PITH21

Our 2021 Annual Gathering is just weeks away! November 11th! Get your tickets NOW!

The Department of Homeland Security’s proposed rule on the DACA program fails to meet the urgency of this moment. The current proposed rule leaves open the possibility of removing work permits for hundreds of thousands of immigrant youth who rely on steady employment to provide for themselves and their families.
While it's clear that only legislation passed by Congress can provide the protection DACA recipients deserve, the public comment period is an important opportunity and we must ensure our voices and all of our demands are heard.
Come learn how you can take concrete action to submit a comment and strengthen DACA.
Monday, November 15
Registration & More:
Este evento será solo en inglés. Si desea la información en español, comuníquese con Samantha Searls en

Register now for the book discussion group at its new day and time every other Monday evening at 7:30pm. Discussion is always conducted in Spanish and English. Join in at 7:00pm for updates to CIWC activities and campaigns.

December 1 is World AIDS Day, where communities across the globe come together to bring attention to the HIV epidemic.

Join us for a special memorial event on Wednesday, December 1 at 7:00 PM at Church of Our Saviour/La Iglesia de Nuestro Salvador to unite with others to prevent HIV, support people with HIV and remember those who have lost their lives to an HIV-related illness.

The evening will feature a quilt signing, music written or performed by HIV/AIDS activists and readings/reflections from people who are living with or have been affected by HIV.

By honoring this day, we contribute to the effort to end HIV and make the world a healthier place.

Special thanks to the event partners:
AIDS Healthcare Foundation
The Central Community Health Board of Hamilton County, Inc.
Church of Our Saviour/La Iglesia de Nuestro Salvador
City of Cincinnati Health Department
Cincinnati Health Network
Hamilton County Public Health
New Spirit MCC Legacy
Northern Kentucky Health Department
Ohio Lesbian Archives
Ryan White Community Advisory Board
SOTENI International
UC Health Infectious Diseases Department
Join us for our Annual Fundraiser with special guest host, Key Beck! This year, we are hosting Trivia Night and will honor those who were dedicated to serving our agencies and our missions in 2021.

Register using the following link:

Additional details will be provided upon registration.
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