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In case you missed it: Our very own Dr. Mark Mussman, Director of Education at the Greater Cincinnati Homeless Coalition, contributed to Streetvibes July 8th - 22nd Issue in a piece entitled, "Little Pools of Water."

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"One of the nation’s largest teachers unions on Tuesday vowed to defend members who are punished for teaching an “honest history” of the United States, a measure that’s intended to counter the wave of states seeking to limit classroom discussion on race and discrimination.

In a virtual address to members of the American Federation of Teachers, president Randi Weingarten said the union is preparing litigation and has a legal defense fund “ready to go.” She promised to fight “culture warriors” who attempt to limit lessons on racism and discrimination by labeling it as critical race theory.

At least six states have passed new laws limiting how race can be taught in the classroom, and similar proposals are being considered in more than a dozen others. Many of the bills are intended to bar the teaching of critical race theory — an academic framework that examines history through the lens of racism. It centers on the idea that racism is systemic in the nation’s institutions and that they function to maintain the dominance of white people in society."

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"The federal government considers housing affordable when a person or family needs to spend no more than 30% of their income on it. That price tag includes rent or mortgage payments as well as utilities.

Spending more than that may make it difficult for a person to pay for other everyday needs — food, transportation and health care. That's called being "cost burdened," according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Those spending 50% or more are considered “severely cost burdened.”

The CBI report said there to be about 44,000 cost-burdened families in Greater Cincinnati.

[...] There are all kinds of various reasons why, all kinds of reasonable reasons why people may need affordable housing ... These are just people doing their very best, many of them working full-time jobs just trying to put food on the table for their families"
Today was the groundbreaking ceremony for Cincinnati's first LGBTQ-friendly affordable senior housing complex located on Apple Street in Northside--just a block away from Caracole offices! Linda Seiter, our executive director, was on hand to deliver brief remarks and help break ground, alongside developers Pennrose Companies and NEST - Northsiders Engaged in Sustainable Transformation as well as other partner organizations, on the new construction. The development name, John Arthur Flats, pays tribute to the late John Montgomery Arthur, a Cincinnati native and husband of the plaintiff in the Supreme Court case that legalized same-sex marriage in the United States. The project is slated to be completed by July 2022.

To learn more, visit

#affordablehousing #communitydevelopment #lgbtqhousing #seniorhousing #northside45223
CAIN - Churches Active in Northside
Our pantry is open offering fresh produce, canned goods, meat, bread, toilet paper, diapers and much more. Stop by if you are in need or come pick up for a neighbor.

Monday 5:00-7:00pm
Tuesday and Thursday 10am - 1pm
• The 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month
• 10am-noon
• Masks required
• All equipment sanitized after each cut.
• No appointment required but the number of haircuts will be limited.
• Clients are not to come for services if they have a temperature, are symptomatic, have been exposed to Covid-19, or have tested positive.
Low-income Ohioans who are seniors, have a medical condition, or have received a disconnect notice may be eligible for a one-time benefit to help cool their home through the HEAP Summer Crisis Program. Learn more or apply online at
Check out the upcoming #Covid19vaccine sites in the Cincinnati Area. Get your vaccine, protect yourself and someone else. With the variants that are now entering the country, it's more important than ever to get vaccinated.
#wemustsaveus #getoutthevax #testandprotect #covid19 #cincinnati #cincygram #cincyusa
#HappyBirthday Vic!
Thank you for 10 years of service to the guests of Mary Magdalen House! It's not an easy job. It's not glamorous. But he loves it and we love having him here! Thanks for spending the last decade welcoming MMH guests with us!
League of Women Voters
Positive outcomes from a housing project:

"A new study found that a Columbus project to help maternal and infant birth outcomes should be used more broadly to improve health access and housing.
[...] Housing stability also improved under the study, which participants lacked before they began the project. Having affordable and safe housing removed one element of insecurity in the group and limited time in homeless shelters.

“Families with ongoing rental assistance (rather than time-limited assistance that ended at exit) faced a much lower threat of instability when they left the study,” according to the policy institute."

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The Maternal Addiction Program is designed for individuals who are pregnant or have babies up to one year old. The program addresses the needs of pregnant women and new moms in recovery for substance use disorder and mental health treatment. The Maternal Addiction Program provides wraparound services for women at First Step Home in Residential, Intensive Outpatient and Outpatient Treatment.

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Hamilton County Public Health *rolls out* a new Harm Reduction van!
Hamilton County Public Health is excited to announce that we have a new van for our Harm Reduction services (aka The Exchange Project)! This van will allow us to bring goods and services (like syringe exchanges, Narcan distribution, HIV testing, and hygiene supplies) to the people of Hamilton County!

Watch the video tour here:
Yesenia vive en la zona rural de Kentucky y es parte de una familia inmigrante.
“La cuidadanía me daría la confianza para tomar decisiones sin pensar siempre ‘qué pasaría si…’.”
Yesenia lives in rural Kentucky area and is part of an immigrant family.
′′ Carefulness would give me the confidence to make decisions without always thinking." what if...."
There's a LOT going on in Lower Price Hill and Mike Templeton has unpacked much of it for us in this week's blog post. As the neighborhood bounces back from COVID-19, they are seeing some changes happening - both good and bad. One exciting addition will be Meiser's Fresh Grocery & Deli (LPH) opening! It will provide the community with fresh, affordable produce, groceries, and more. On the other hand, the neighborhood faces rising concerns over developers coming in to gentrify this historically Appalachian neighborhood.

Get the full scoop here:
Good Afternoon,
I am writing to inform you, Ladonna Rappold Dingess, aka Buffy, Recovery Director, will be retiring today.
Buffy joined our team over ten years ago. She is responsible for developing the Recovery department into the program it is today. Buffy has been a tireless advocate for our clients, fighting for recovery services and treatment when few resources were available for people experiencing homelessness. The program's success results from Buffy's focus on meeting grant outcomes, ensuring clinical standards, and forging relationships with internal and external partners.

On behalf of us all, thank you for your incredible contribution to our organization, and we wish you a happy, healthy retirement.
Women's City Club of Greater Cincinnati
From the State Board of Education:

"Ohio’s State Board of Education is being asked to remove a “limitation on verbal public participation” on the topics of “critical race theory” and the “1619 project” at a meeting Tuesday.

The term “critical race theory” has been used, typically by academics but more recently by conservatives, to discuss how supposedly race-neutral public policy can contribute to disparate socioeconomic outcomes on racial lines. The term’s origins come from the legal world, and pieces of legislation meant to stop the discussion of race as an impact on history have used the phrase “divisive concepts” instead.

[...] The AGs called on the U.S. Department of Education to “make clear that grants may not fund projects that are based on CRT, including any projects that characterize the United States as irredeemably racist or founded on principles of racism … or that purport to ascribe character traits, values, privileges, status, or beliefs, or that assign fault, blame, or bias, to a particular race or to an individual because of his or her race.”

The state of Ohio has previously said there has been very few complaints about the concept being taught in public schools."

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The chance to grow. Today we planted a tree at what will be the new location for New Beginnings, our residential treatment program for girls. Like the tree, the girls need nurturing to thrive. #newbeginnings

Go to to learn more about this project.
More than 90 guests and staff members celebrated the grand opening of the Commons at South Cumminsville in Cincinnati! Many key partners were in attendance, including Sister Barbara Busch of Working In Neighborhoods, Tim Canady of the South Cumminsville Community Council, Kevin Finn of Strategies to End Homelessness and Cincinnati City Councilman David Mann, among others. Thank you for your support and guidance throughout the development process ❤️
This new $11.5 million permanent supportive housing community provides high-quality, affordable housing for the formerly homeless, veterans and/or disabled individuals. All of the apartments are semi-furnished and residents are offered programming and services to help build self-sufficiency 🏘️
#CASC #PSH #EndHomelessness #Ohio #Partners #Mission #AffordableHousing #Veterans #GrandOpening
We are continuing to stay safe with masks, temperature checks, and social distancing. 😷 Our staff and volunteers are grateful for these safety measures to ensure we are still able to be here to #NourishYourNeighbors
#cincy #cincinnati #community #cincygiving #volunteer #giveback
Oh boy! We've had a great time biking with friends at Found Village, Groundwork Ohio River Valley, and Oyler School this summer.

Read more in this latest post from Better Bike Share
Our Summer 360 campers learned yoga this summer! Busy Being Kids came in to teach our students, and one of them even got up into crow pose! Physical fitness and mindfulness are both important components of our programming, and basic yoga skills like breath control help students learn how to self-regulate. Namaste 💛
Black women and girls are often hypersexualized in the media, leaving them in rather vulnerable positions far more than that of white women. Alongside this often undiscussed issue, societal oppression may also leave Black women in dangerous positions which may result in domestic violence.
This is not okay, and it's our job to end it.
#MenOnAMission #OnAMission #EndDomesticViolence #SupportSurvivors
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Today Is A Very Special Day!!
Happy Happy Birthday To Our Founder Minister Larry 🎉🎁🎂
Facebook Family & Friends Join Us As We Honor & Celebrate Our Leader 🥳
#MissionMonday St. Francis Seraph Ministries Sarah Center empowers people to learn skills that lead to gainful employment. We serve as one team, working together to make a difference in the world.

#teamwork #partnership #collaboration #homeless
It may have been hot and humid, but it was still a beautiful day to gather as a parish outdoors as we celebrated World Day for Grandparents and Elders.
Our staff has been busy preparing for our "Prescription Fore Fun" Golf Outing for weeks! As we get ready for the big day tomorrow, here are 3 facts about what it's all for -- the St. Vincent de Paul Charitable Pharmacy.
💊 In 2020, the Charitable Pharmacy provided more than 73,000 prescriptions, valued at $11.6 million, to over 1,300 patients.
❌All services are provided to qualifying patients at no cost.
↩️ In the past year, the Charitable Pharmacy averted $3.8 million in costs from local health systems.
We're excited to see all of our golfers, community partners, and supporters tomorrow!
Changemakers: Celebrating Black History
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⭐ We're Hiring at Walnut Trace ⭐ Be Part of Excellence That Transforms Lives! Start your next career today by viewing our senior living job opportunities at National Church Residences.
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At #QCK we offer more than just a hot meal. We offer community, flowers to brighten your day, clothes, household goods, and toiletries including cleaning supplies like dish soap, laundry detergent, and hygiene products.
We depend on donations to provide the basics to our guests. Donations can be delivered at our Walnut Hills location Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 9am to 1pm. Email us 📧 to let us know you're on your way!
#NourishYourNeighbors #cincinnati #community #goodeats #cincy #cincygiving
Happy Monday! Did you know that we're the only organization in Cincinnati that accepts gently used mattresses? If you would like to donate a mattress, just call 513-313-0530, and we will pick it up and deliver it to someone who is currently sleeping on the floor. Please keep in mind that your mattress needs to be free from rips, stains, and tears. Thank you!

We're hiring! Legal Aid Society is accepting applications for a Housing Advocate at our Cincinnati location. Please visit our website to learn more:
Respect and optimism are two of our core values put into action every day. Join our team and help a young person heal and find success. Go to to see complete job descriptions and apply.
Thank you to everyone who has contributed to help stock backpacks for children in Madisonville!
We are still collecting items, which can be dropped off on July 27th, July 29th, or August 2nd between 10am and 4pm.
Our current needs are:
- Wide rule loose leaf paper
- 1" 3-ring binders
- Pencil boxes & pouches
- Wide rule composition books
- Single subject spiral notebooks
You can shop directly from our Amazon registry at
Looking to volunteer with us? We are hoping to get volunteers on a regular schedule again! We will still ask you to wear a mask in the building.
Please fill out this form if you'd like to apply to volunteer.
If you've already volunteered with us and would like to return, feel free to send us a FB message or email at
Thanks to Seven Hills Neighborhood Houses - Findlay Street Center for hosting us today at the West End Business Fest!
Thank you ArtWorks Cincinnati for designing custom superhero capes for our UpSpring Summer 360 campers - just look at that smile! 💛

Watch the super sweet clip here:
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Do you have legal questions about the new child tax credit, stimulus payments, kinship custody, or other legal issues? Get answers from Legal Aid advocates at the Ohio Justice Bus Highland County Clinics. The first is Friday, July 23rd in Hillsboro, and the second is on Friday, August 6th in Greenfield. Both Clinics will be open from 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Friends!! Set a reminder to join us next Friday at the Hamilton County One-Stop Resource Center event! This event is free to the public and provides many essential resources.
If you know of someone who might benefit from one of the services below, please share this post! Thank you for sharing!
Drive through or walk up to MEAC to pick up supplies for your school-aged scholars!
•Parent/Legal guardian must be in VESTA with children listed in the household to receive supplies.
•Parent/Legal guardian must be present to receive supplies.
If you have any questions about eligibility, please call (513) 271-5501.

Event link here:
#WellnessWednesday Learn how to cook healthy and affordable meals! Our wildly popular Cooking for the Family in-person classes will return Aug 28th at the St. Anthony Center. There will be two class options – Saturday mornings and Tuesday evenings. See the flyer below and register now!

Join or donate to Team IJPC for the 2021 Flying Pig!
Join YWCA Greater Cincinnati on October 13th for a discussion of how federal housing policies mandated segregation and undermined the ability of Black families to own homes and build wealth.

Our keynote speaker, Richard Rothstein, is the author of The Color of Law: The Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America.

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