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This Week @ The Homeless Coalition

25 years ago, today, buddy gray died after being shot in the Drop Inn Center shelter. buddy, along with other strong people, started the Drop Inn Center (now Shelterhouse) in 1973 to keep people alive through the experience of homelessness. In 1978, buddy and this growing movement, started ReStoc (now Over-the-Rhine Community Housing) to purchase and obtain buildings and turn them into affordable housing so people could exit homelessness. In 1984, as homelessness was exploding because of billions of dollars in cuts to federal spending on affordable housing, buddy, people experiencing homelessness, other strong activists, organizers, and the then small network of shelters that had started to keep people going through this explosion, formed our Greater Cincinnati Homeless Coalition to eradicate homelessness in our area.

Those benefitting from people-hurting systems have often thought they can end the efforts meant to change those systems by removing one particular key leader. Time and again, they are wrong, because movements are People pressing through adversity, with conviction, toward a shared vision. And movements don't end until they reach their destination. Our destination is a Greater Cincinnati without homelessness.

Please let us know if you would like to get more involved in our Movement.
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

Each year we mark the longest night with a memorial service to those we have lost to homelessness. All are welcome.

Tuesday, December 21st, 5:30pm at Washington Park (near Music Hall)
Check out what's going on with some of our Member Organizations.
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For all of you helping IHNGC with hotel costs, food, supplies, and general support, every bit of it matters. Here is some proof.

"Yudenia Perez had nowhere to go when she and her children suddenly had to leave their rental home in East Price Hill.

“The landlord had issues with the city, so I had to leave the premises,” she said. “And hence left me and my children out in the cold.”

It got colder as Perez struggled to find a place to stay. Every day for weeks, she said, she called the CAP Line, a hotline for people who are homeless and seeking help. But Hamilton County’s family shelter providers had no room for her and her sons, who are 11, 10 and 1 year old.

“We were forced to sleep in our car,” she said. “It wasn’t easy. It was cold. The baby was not comfortable. The boys were complaining a little. We were used to being at home. Now we had to change drastically, and it wasn’t easy or fun.”

Perez and her kids got lucky one day earlier this month when a hotel room became available through Interfaith Hospitality Network of Greater Cincinnati. A CAP Line operator connected Perez with the organization, and she and her sons have been at the hotel ever since..."


It is with heavy hearts that we share the news that Earl H has passed away.
You may be lucky to know Earl as he made many friends as he sat on his stoop at 14th and Race St.
That corner will never be the same without Earl. His spirit will live on there.
We will miss his smile, his wave, and the care and friendship he showed to so many of us, friends and strangers alike.
We honored Earl in 2017 as our Partner in Building Our Beloved Community at our annual event.
The photos we share show Earl at home on his stoop, at our annual event, and tipping his hat to acknowledge the community of people who love him.
We love you, Earl.
Thank you for your years of service as the cook at the Drop Inn Center, for watching out for your neighbors, for welcoming Miami Residency Program students, and for your partnership in building our beloved community.
Happy Thanksgiving from UpSpring! Our kids have been making Thanksgiving posters to celebrate all of the things they are grateful for this year. We are so grateful for all of our supporters who make our work possible 💛
Today as Americans give thanks for food on the table, it is fitting to recognize the work of Marilynn Anderson, who prepares meals for the kids in the early learning center at Peaslee every day. Marilynn has worked at the early learning center since it opened 21 years ago, always ensuring that each child is well-loved and well-fed during their time here. Peaslee is thankful for Marilynn’s kindness and care today and every day.

More good news to share! So excited to get to work on this amazing project - The Barrister!

"A plan to create the first new affordable housing units Downtown in decades got a funding boost Wednesday. Cincinnati City Council approved $945,000 for The Barrister project on East 9th between Main and Sycamore.

"Our region is in an affordable housing crisis," says Ben Eilerman, senior housing developer for Over-the-Rhine Community Housing. "Bringing 44 units online — while not addressing the thousands of units that are needed — it represents a substantial step forward in that."

Over-the-Rhine Community Housing is working with Urban Sites to renovate the two vacant historic buildings. The residential units will include six studios, six one-bedroom units, 24 two-bedroom units, and eight three-bedroom units. There will also be about 2,000-square feet of commercial space at street level.

All units will be for households making between 30% and 60% of area median income (considered low and very-low income by HUD)..."

Residents from the 821 Flats spent an amazing day at Fall Feast 2021 with their Rockstar of a Service Coordinator, Tevis. Other residents enjoyed yummy meals catered by Cracker Barrel made possible by the generous donation from long-time TM friends. Special thanks to Emily Vannatta and Kevin Tierney for helping serve meals to residents.
After a short hiatus, Haircuts from the Heart is back in action at Mary Magdalen House. Our new barber, Dan, has joined us and our guests are thrilled! Dan provides a peaceful and intentional haircut experience. A simple haircut or shave provides immeasurable dignity.
#showersforall #dignityotr #homelessness #cincinnati
“Housing Choice Vouchers are an important component of our community’s capability to address the affordable housing gap,” stated John Schrider, Director of Legal Aid Society of Southwest Ohio LLC. “However, as Lucy May’s article illustrates, the program is not meeting the current need. All the stakeholders should come together to formulate a plan for improvement.”
Read more of John’s comments at
Commonly known as the "shadow pandemic," violence against women has been an issue for decades, and has only intensified since the beginning of Covid-19. Violence against women continues to be an obstacle to achieving equality, development, peace as well as to the fulfillment of women and girls’ human rights.
International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women is a day dedicated to continuously raising awareness about this ongoing human rights issue. #protectwomen #OnAMission
Meetings are held by zoom on the 4th Tuesday of the month.  Please join the listserv to receive a zoom link.  


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Join the Office of the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel (OCC) on Monday, December 6 from 10:00-11:00 am to learn how to lower your energy bill this upcoming winter. We will provide a virtual presentation on how to save money on your utilities during the holiday. Participants will learn how to save money on heating, cooking, holiday lighting, and much more.
RSVP: If you are interested in participating, please RSVP at 614-644- 7258 or by email at
December 1st is World AIDS Day. Forty years since the first AIDS cases were reported, #HIV still threatens the world. Honoring this day allows organizations and individuals across the globe to bring attention to the HIV epidemic, to increase HIV awareness and knowledge, to speak out against HIV stigma, and to call for an increased response to move toward Ending the HIV Epidemic.
CAIN - Churches Active in Northside
Monday 5:00-7:00pm
Tuesday and Thursday 10am - 1pm

Our pantry is open offering take away meals, groceries, personal care items and more. Stop by if you are in need or come pick up for a neighbor.
A beautiful TV special about First Step Home and how we help women who need hope, help and healing for drug and alcohol issues. We give three amazing awards to those who have helped us over the years.

Thank you to those of us who joined us for Cities for Life today. We welcomed the words from our partners from the Community of Saint'Egidio, Dina Windle and Rev. Jack Sullivan Jr. Watch the recording below.
A moment captured this weekend as we encountered these two young men who met in prison and were recently released - one of them after serving 14 years.
In this clip, Renae Brown (Founder of Mothers Of Incarcerated Children) prays & ministers to them and they in return minister to all of us by sharing their testimony and their talent ❤️🙏🏾
Join us in wishing the best of luck to Miss Ohio USA Nicole Wess, as she competes in the Miss USA pageant tonight! Nicole is one of our Charitable Pharmacy co-ops and is pursuing her doctorate in pharmacy at the University of Cincinnati.

Here at Center for Addiction Treatment, we understand that the recovery journey looks different for everyone! That is why we've created a continuum of care that provides patients the support of treatment and services that best fit their recovery needs, such as Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT).
Read more about our MAT clinic to see if the pairing of personalized counseling and medication, such as Suboxone® or Vivitrol®, may be the best fit for your recovery.
#CAT #MAT #MedicationAssistedTreatment #Recovery
Jaasiel Chapman, our Ending the HIV Epidemic Program Coordinator, spoke with WCPO 9 about Hamilton County Public Health's goals for ending the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

"Hamilton County's public health leaders have received federal funding to support their plan to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic within the next decade.

Inside Mount Auburn's Church of Our Savior, Tri-State community members gathered on World AIDS Day to remember those they have lost and raise awareness about HIV/AIDS in the community. One of the attendees, Jaasiel Chapman, said he has lost two friends to HIV/AIDS.

“As a gay black male, I see myself as the face of the epidemic," Chapman said..."


“Now is the time to create new programs and policies to promote Black Homeownership and undue the egregious wrongs of redlining,” states John Schrider, Director of Legal Aid Society of Southwest Ohio LLC.
Read more of John’s comments in this article:
Last week, Client Services Coordinator Jill Keefe, attended two of Nehemiah Manufacturing's Lunch & Learn monthly staff meetings. She spoke about how their employees there can get a referral for our services if there is need for one. Nehemiah Manufacturing is a partner agency & generous supporter of ours - we are grateful for them! #cincyfurniturebank #nehemiahmanufacturing

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On November 2nd, Cincinnati voters elected six new City Council members. This is the highest turnover of City Council members in years. At the next Community Issues Forum, they will introduce themselves and discuss why they ran and the immediate issues that concern them. The members include, Jeff Cramerding, Reggie Harris, Mark Jeffreys, Scotty Johnson, Meeka Owens, and Victoria Parks. Watch on Facebook
#GoodNewsFriday 🎉 Congrats to our own Matt Rule, Senior Vice President, Housing Development who has been appointed to the Federally Subsidized Housing Study Committee for a term beginning November 12, 2021, and continuing at the Pleasure of the Governor of Ohio. He not only represents National Church Residences in this role, but also the Ohio Housing Council.
#Celebration #Leader #Ohio #Housing #Seniors #Mission #Team
As of November 22, 2021, 230.7 million people, or about 69.5% of the U.S. population, have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Of those, 196.4 million, or about 59.2%, are fully vaccinated.
Everyone ages 5 years and older is eligible for a free COVID-19 vaccine. COVID-19 vaccines are an important tool for ending this pandemic and getting us back to the things we love with the people we love.
For more COVID-19 vaccination data, visit
League of Women Voters

"A new book by a Miami University professor examines how the American educational system marginalizes and leaves Black boys behind. It also outlines effective strategies Black male teachers use to support those students and help them achieve.

Nathaniel Bryan, Ph.D., Ed.D., an assistant professor of early childhood education at Miami University, spent a year in the classrooms of three Black male teachers working with Black boys.

"I found that these boys were so motivated by their teachers, and the teachers spent an enormous amount of time first building the relationships with the boys so that they (could) cater curriculum to support their academic and social needs," Bryan explains.

His just-released book is titled "Toward a BlackBoyCrit Pedagogy: Black Boys, Male Teachers, and Early Childhood Classroom Practices."

Did you know...
Free at-home COVID test kits available at select library locations
The libraries recently received a shipment of 12,000 kits to give out.
The tests will be available at Anderson, Covedale, Delhi Township, Downtown Main Library, Groesbeck, Harrison, Reading, and Symmes Township.
Library locations set limits of kits to hand out based on daily availability of kits, to ensure that staff distribute equitably to households across Hamilton County each day.
With the kits being in high demand, you’re asked to check availability before visiting a branch library for pickup.
Drive-thru library locations have varying open hours.
The Cincinnati Public Library says you do not need to present an ID or have a library card to get a test kit.
Join us in wishing S. Pat McQuinn a blessed retirement from the Sisters of Charity Archives after 36 years of invaluable service. S. Pat’s responsibilities throughout the years included processing and preserving historical Community photos along with endless hours of scanning. As close as we can figure she viewed and processed 57,623 photos and fulfilled many requests for photos from individuals and groups. A small reception was held in November to thank S. Pat for her dedication and service; she will be missed.
As awesome as Thanksgiving dinner might have been, we're pretty sure you're tired of leftovers so how about you let us do what we do best - cooking for you! Here is our evening menu for this week. As usual, you save when you order one or more dinners so give us a call to place your order. #cincinnati #cincyeats #goodfoodforagoodcause
Thank you so much to the Friends of Dorothy student group and Northern Kentucky University for having Jaasiel Chapman, our Ending the HIV Epidemic Program Coordinator, speak to students about #worldaidsday and help us raise HIV/AIDS awareness!
On Thanksgiving morning, Sr. Connie Koch, a Dominican Sister of Hope, shares a reading and message of gratitude on The Word.

We know that finding time to gather these days can be difficult, which is why we are thankful for modern technology! We are seeking (informal) interviews of urban Appalachians for our Story Gathering Project. Have a friend, collogue, or family member who is from or can trace their roots back to Appalachia? Share their story with us by recording a ~15 minute video interview. We want to archive as many unique voices and experiences as we can. Learn more at
Rise and shine! This morning Pastor Brian hand delivered our Clothing Closet toiletries to Inter Parish Ministry in Newtown, OH. #sharethelove
Still can’t move on from the last ride to Lick Run Greenway in South Fairmount! The west side of Cincinnati has been known to be less friendly for cyclist but we couldn’t resist visiting such a cool public amenity. Thankfully our friend @kathy_biosci was kind enough to help us plan the safest route to get there.
On the first slide was Larry Falkin who was explaining to us how the Greenway works as a wastewater management.
We’re hoping that more bike traffics around Lick Run Greenway will eventually make the area more friendly to bikes and pedestrians.
How do you experience gratitude? What are you thankful for?

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Project Connect receives so many toy donations, but want to make sure that we are providing items to our older students as well. If you are interested in donating a giftcard, please contact us. Thank you for making the holidays special for our students and families experiencing homelessness!
Thank you to Highland High School students Will & Gavin for organizing a drive to provide much needed items for our food pantry! St. Vincent de Paul is extremely grateful for your effort in organizing this and helping us sort through the items. You guys rock!
Help further your support of our mission this holiday season by purchasing the BEST #Christmastrees in town AND helping those at-risk for and living with #HIV in our region.
Open this weekend from 9AM-3PM. Come see us at our NEW LOCATION at Growing Trade Pet and Plant! Learn more at
#christmastree #christmasdecor #christmastrees4days #fundraiser
CAIN - Churches Active in Northside
Holiday Wish List
Help CAIN make the holiday season wonderful for our neighbors in need. Purchase personal care and household items either from our Amazon Wish List or Dollar Tree and drop off at CAIN.
You can also make a gift to help us purchase needed items by visiting
Thanks for helping CAIN and our neighbors!
Thank you! You built a new home for New Beginnings, expanding Lighthouse’s residential treatment program. Now twice as many girls have access to the care and services they need to heal and grow. The girls can’t wait to move into this new, beautiful location this month!
Looking for a way to give back on #GivingTuesday
Join us for a Christmas Giving Opportunities to Adopt-A-Family! Visit our website to sign up: or find the link here
We have 3 ways you can Adopt-A-Family:
(1) donate a basket for Christmas Dinner
(2) Donate a Kroger gift card for Groceries
(3) Donate Gifts for our Angel Tree
We are over halfway to our goal of raising $10,500 and filling 750 boxes with Thanksgiving and holiday meals for our neighbors.
Thank you to the 513 Fund for the generous donation to help us push past the halfway mark!
There’s still time to donate at
Thank you to Patricia our Community Receptionist, her son, Darius and friends for providing a delicious meal for our Barron Center clients on Sunday. They loved it!
Our Food for Thought Cookbook is a collection of 168 recipes submitted by volunteers, donors, staff, media personalities and local chefs. From the perfect chocolate chip cookies submitted by Sheila Gray Local 12 News, to striped bass pappillote orientale submitted by Chef Jean-Robert de Cavel, these recipes are sure to delight! This cookbook makes a unique and inspiring gift and supports our mission. Plus, we have other great items in our shop! Check it out:
Thank you to the wonderful Women of Wisdom group from Unity of Garden Park who donated beautiful hand sewn tote bags FULL of items for our moms. The personal care items, socks, gloves and reading materials will go along way in brightening the day of those in need. You are making a difference!
Wishlist Wednesday!
IHNGC is currently in need of the following items:
• Umbrellas
• Laundry pods
Please Note - Please call ahead and schedule an in-kind donation drop during our drop off hours of Monday-Friday from 10am-2pm. Other times may be scheduled by contacting Meghan at 513-328-2746 (call or text) or
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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.

Each year we mark the longest night with a memorial service to those we have lost to homelessness. All are welcome.

Tuesday, December 21st, 5:30pm at Washington Park (near Music Hall)
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