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League of Women Voters

A request to use relief funds for affordable housing:

"A coalition of homelessness and housing advocates are calling on state leaders to put $308 million — from federal COVID-19 relief funds — into affordable housing.

Amy Riegel, executive director for the Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio, said the demand in the housing market is creating a domino effect that forces low-income people to pay for apartments they can’t afford or even go homeless.

“The lower your income, the less selection that you're going to have. And what this can lead to is individuals having to make the choice to pay too much of a percentage of their income on just rent, which then impacts other parts of their lives and our economy,” said Riegel.

The state has $1.9 billion remaining in federal funds from the American Rescue Plan Act.

COHHIO is requesting the state put $308 million into addressing the housing issue. That would include $150 million to create 5,000 affordable rental units that would be developed by leveraging the 4% housing tax credit.

“And by having more units, individuals would not have to make those hard choices, and there would be units that would be dedicated to the individuals with the lowest income so they would be able to afford their apartments,” said Riegel.

Another $100 million would create housing units for people who need to be near “supportive services.” COHHIO said this would serve “chronically homeless individuals with severe behavioral health challenges, homeless youth and survivors of human trafficking and domestic violence through gap financing with Ohio’s housing tax credit programs.”


Cincinnati-Hamilton County Community Action Agency

The Community Action Agency (CAA) will take a pause on accepting new applications for rental assistance.
(Read Press Release here:
The program, which has run since February 2021, has helped
over 7,000 households in Hamilton County and expended more than $30 million to keep families in their homes. CAA still has funding for rental assistance through the end of December. With this remaining funding, we will assist thousands in our pipeline with pending applications.
Although the rental assistance program will be on pause, there are still opportunities for families to receive assistance.
For more information about this and other supportive services, visit the Community Action Agency website,

A recent poll by NPR found that as inflation continues rising, Black and Hispanic families are among those impacted the most, especially with the threat of evictions. The poll found that eviction rates are basically back to pre-pandemic levels, with 3% of Black renters and 2% of Latino, Asian and white renters saying they've been evicted in the past year. With interventionist supply-side policies having no immediate impact on communities, Americans are left to fend for themselves. And with rising inflation, it’s harder now than ever to find affordable housing.
To read this article, visit
#NPR #affordablehousing #housingcrisis #evictions #covid
We are sad to announce that Executive Director Alex Kuhns' last day will be August 31st. Under Alex's leadership, we have seen our children grow more resilient, learn new things, and become empowered to believe in a bright future. It’s not just the children that have grown, but our organization has grown quite a bit as well. In Alex's first year with Upspring we piloted our first ever After School program site, and we launched a new Summer 360° program site in Northern Kentucky. We now have 11 After School sites and have added a scholarship and mentoring program to our portfolio as well! Our full-time staff level has doubled from 3 to 6 and our annual budget has almost doubled as well. We are very proud of the increased impact we’ve been able to achieve with our students as a result of this expansion.
We want to assure you that UpSpring is in great hands. Our Development & Marketing Director, Katie Jensen, will be serving as Interim Executive Director and our talented staff and Board of Directors will be supporting her in continuing to carry our mission forward.
Alex says, "It’s been an honor to serve this organization and advance our mission of empowering children experiencing homelessness. I will never forget the people that have made all this amazing work possible."
We are so grateful for Alex's leadership, and look forward to the next chapter at UpSpring! 💛
Today we celebrate Women’s Equality Day. Tender Mercies was founded upon the idea of preserving the security and dignity of women. In 1985, hundreds of individuals with mental illness were trying to survive on the streets of Over-the-Rhine due to a lack of sufficient support programs. The psychiatric beds in Hamilton County were reduced from 4,000 to 400, with the belief that the patients could live on their own in the community with support programs, leaving these men and women desperate, hungry, and isolated with nowhere to go. Father Chris Hall and two other clergymen, Randy La Fond and Edward Slater understood the moral imperative to help these women live with security, dignity and community. Tender Mercies began with these clergymen helping Betty and Maude, two women released from the hospital with nothing but cab fare to a shelter.
They secured an apartment for them, applied for their Social Security benefits, and helped them get medical treatment. Sadly, within months, one of the women was brutally raped and the other murdered. Determined to prevent this from happening to others, they became the building managers and saved the lives of 12 more women. Over the past 37 years, Tender Mercies has saved the lives of over 2,500 homeless adults with mental illness from a life of barely surviving on the streets - hungry, cold, and alone.
With the support of many compassionate donors and funders, Tender Mercies has grown to six buildings located in Over-the-Rhine and the West End. Each year, nearly 200 homeless men and women with mental illness rebuild their lives in their home at Tender Mercies.
It is a core value of our organization that everyone who enters our buildings be treated with equality, respect and dignity, and it is with that spirit in mind that we recognize Women’s Equality Day.

“What is happening to the residents of the Anthony Wayne Apartments in Hamilton, who will all have to vacate by November in order for the building to be renovated into a boutique hotel, is terrible,” stated Jon Ford, Legal Aid Society of Southwest Ohio, LLC.
“Unfortunately, it is not unusual. As city leaders continue to fund and encourage new developments, there needs to be an increased focus on ensuring the availability of affordable housing for low-income citizens.”
Jon continued, “The affordable housing crisis in our community is worsening. We cannot continue to leave our low-income, elderly, and disabled neighbors in the cold.”


James Davis wanted to share this message:
"Please come and help support our Streetvibes! This is the main foundation. Take a moment to try to help. Caring is sharing! Please step up and help us!"
Thanks James for being a consistent voice of Streetvibes!
Yesterday would have been our founder Cookie's 81st birthday, so we thought it would be nice to get a little festive! You may have seen that we asked our community to make #CookiesForCookie and put them in fun little bags to give our guests, and boy did you all deliver! 🍪 We ended up with hundreds of bags, and we even decorated for the occasion. Guests also wrote their birthday wishes for Cookie in a notebook. Thanks to all who helped make the day special! 🥰
Haircuts are in the house! And ON the house!
Tony is ready and excited to get his hair cut and beard shaved this morning. He let us snap this quick picture of him before Margarita got down to business making him look fresh and clean!
Thank you, Margarita, for restoring hope and dignity to folks with some sharp haircuts!
Franciscan Ministries-Inc
#sofreshsoclean #dignityforall #fantasticfriday
“Today is Women’s Equality Day marking the 102-year anniversary of the passage of the 19th amendment which gave white women the right to vote. It would take another 45 years before the Voting Rights Act of 1965 extended voting rights to 'all' people of color and until 1970 for all 50 states to grant Native Americans the right to vote.
Yet, over one hundred years later, women now have fewer rights than they’ve had in decades.
Meetings are held by zoom on the 4th Tuesday of the month.  Please join the listserv to receive a zoom link.  
This morning First Lutheran Church Cincinnati members Rebecca, Lyla, Elizabeth, and Matt delivered nearly 70 backpacks full of school supplies to Rothenburg Preparatory Academy in OTR. Thank you all who donated and packed backpacks to help students get a head start on the school year. #ShareTheLoveOfGod
CAIN - Churches Active in Northside
Our pantry is open 10-1 today. 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.

Monday 5:00-7:00pm
Tuesday and Thursday 10am - 1pm
In case of bad weather, we follow Cincinnati Public schools
This is Shiela's story of addiction and recovery.
Welcome to CILO! Deborah Hamilton is filling a new position, Home and Community Transition Services Specialist. She will be working with consumers who wish to transition from long-term care to living in the community.
Welcome to CILO! Stephanie Talbot has taken the position of Disability Rights and Advocacy Specialist. She will be working with consumers who wish to develop self-advocacy skills, and she will be addressing issues such as accessibility, transportation, fair housing and more.
Hamilton County Public Health and the Cincinnati Health Department will offer its initial limited supply of monkeypox vaccination to high-risk groups in the City and County. We've opened up a registration for those waiting to get vaccinated.
Visit to register!

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One of our founders, Sr. Dee Sizler SC won a "Seniors Who Rock" award from ProSeniors today. Bethany House CEO Peg Dierkers, former CEO Susan Schiller and former CFO and board member Harold Dreibellis attended to cheer her on. Congratulates Sr. Dee and the other award recipients. You have changed so many lives!
In case you missed it - last night the Biden Administration released a "new" rule on DACA. It doesn't change anything, and fails to help more people. DACA is still an issue affecting our community. Demand a path to citizenship now!
Yesterday we had our first staff picnic since 2019! It's always great when we can come together to celebrate our staff who consistently go above and beyond for the communities we serve. Thank you all for your hard work!
The MEAC Marketplace will be open today from 1-6pm.
The Marketplace provides fresh, frozen, and packaged food, as well as personal care items and diapers, to eligible neighbors in Madisonville and the surrounding communities.
Today, our partners at Entouch Wireless will be in McCord Hall to provide free phones and tablets to eligible community members.
To receive services, please bring a valid photo ID, a piece of mail dated within the last 30 days from within our service area (45227, 45226, 45208, & 45209 zip codes), and a mask.
Enter through the front glass doors of Eastminster Presbyterian Church off of Erie Avenue.
For more information, please visit
Planning on attending an event? Consider how much skin-to-skin contact is likely. Events where people are fully clothed & unlikely to share skin-to-skin contact are safer. If you feel sick or have a rash, stay home & call a healthcare provider. #monkeypox
It was a beautiful day at the Sisters of Charity Motherhouse to celebrate the 2022 Jubilarians. Sisters, Associates and family members filled the Motherhouse chapel and Dining Room to honor these remarkable women and lives of service and faith. #sistersofcharity #jubilees
Nick Swartsell is testing new waters as an editor with the launch of "The Cincinnati Neighborhood Guidebook," an in-depth exploration of what makes Cincinnati neighborhoods what they are now and how they came to be. This collection was written by people who call these neighborhoods home 🏡More info in the blog post:
Today we were honored to join together with our community partners in Fountain Square for the Greater Cincinnati Overdose Awareness Day Rally.
Thank you to all who participated today to honor those we’ve lost, support awareness, and uplift recovery. 💜
#overdoseawarenessday #recovery #Cincinnati

Busy day in the world of Red Bike. We co-hosted the August Community Bike Repair Pop-up in Dayton, Kentucky, where we fixed 30 bikes. This is part of our monthly series of Community Bike Repair Pop-ups that we team up with Tri-State Trails, Queen City Bike, and MoBo Bicycle Co-op to hold.
We also hosted our friends from the Northwest Center in Chicago. They are a fellow recipient of the Better Bike Share Partnership's Living Lab grant to expand access to bicycles to everyone. In their neighborhood of Belmont Cragin (80k+ people) they organized and hustled to get 15 miles of new bikes lanes and 13 bike share stations added. Wow!
We went on a great bike ride along the riverfront to show off Cincinnati!

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We're hiring! Legal Aid Society is accepting applications for a Legal Assistant at our Hamilton location.
Legal Aid Society is accepting applications for an Education Outreach Coordinator at our Cincinnati location.

Please visit our website to learn more:
#LegalAid #hiring
Hi friends! What are you doing Sunday night, September 4th?
Four local families will be staying at the Cathedral the week of Sept. 4-10 through the Found House IHN program. Offering food and shelter to families struggling with homelessness through IHN has been a long-time Cathedral ministry. We have a great crew of volunteers in place when we welcome these families, but are still in need of additional evening hosts for Sunday, September 4.
Evening Hosts join the families from 5-8PM and share a meal. They eat dinner with the families and engage the children in the evening. #webelongtoeachother
We have delivered 416 TONS of furniture so far this year!! Thanks to your donations, we have kept all of that perfectly good furniture out of the landfill and into the homes of local neighbors overcoming homelessness and other devastating circumstances. #Cincyfurniturebank
If you have furniture donations, please schedule a pick up at today. Thanks!
Did you know that 70% of the people we shelter at Bethany House are children? Help them get one step closer to home by joining us on October 15, 2022 at the Glendale Lyceum for our 19th Annual Ales to Zinfandels event. The evening promises a night of fun, fine wine and beer, great food, music and dancing, auction items and more while raising money for some of the most vulnerable members of our Cincinnati community. Buy a ticket, a party pack of 6 tickets or join us as a sponsor.
Are you looking to grow your faith through meaningful work? Do you welcome the challenge of leading a complex organization in a dynamic, changing landscape?
St. Vincent de Paul - Cincinnati (SVDP) is hiring a CEO to lead the organization to fulfill its mission and ensure continued growth and community engagement.
View and download the full Executive Job Profile and apply online:
Join the Lighthouse team and make an immediate difference for young people! You’ll be where co-workers support each other, the dress is casual, and your voice is heard.
Shout-out to Wise Temple for donating lots and lots of snack bags for our guests! Wise Temple has been a long-time partner, and we so appreciate their support. Thank you! ❤️
The HomeBase team is expanding! HomeBase is looking for a Project Manager.
This position is to support our Tier 3 and 4 CDCs that we have identified that need assistance and capacity support to help plan and execute projects for our neighborhoods.
The Project Manager will communicate with CDCs’ Board, Staff, and Clients. The Project Manager will make decisions and monitor the progress of multiple projects on an ongoing basis while keeping a schedule of timelines and deliverables.
Our Domestic Violence Shelters have seen an influx of new families seeking shelter from abuse. We are in need of new clothing for toddlers & infants. Details can be found on our website:
Thank you!
We had a wonderful Back to School event this Monday!
157 backpacks full of school supplies were given to children in our community, thanks to the generous donations from our supporters!
A special thank you to UCC and Commercial Collateral Release departments at @fifththirdbank for helping us assemble backpacks and to Cleats for Kids who distributed over 30 pairs of athletic shoes to our young neighbors!
We'd like to extend a big thank you to Harleys Against Heroin for their life saving donation of over $2,600 to CAT! Like knights on their horses -- or Harleys, in this case -- they rode into our parking lot this weekend and delivered their gift.
These funds will assist individuals from Clermont County who could not otherwise afford to seek treatment. On behalf of our team and the patients we serve, we are grateful for their commitment to saving lives!
#Recovery #Treatment #Harleys #CAT
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‼️ Exciting news -- our friends over at A Picture's Worth are going to be at Blink ‼️ They will be collecting photographs and 5-minute stories for an art installation to be revealed during the light and art festival in October. The best part? You'll get $20 cash for sharing!!!

How do we teach truthful history in today's climate? How do we challenge unjust systems? How do we use our Power of Voice?
Join our free program featuring topics on:
- Historical literacy
- Current education legislation in Ohio
- Accessing resources, and
- Ways to take action to promote teaching history truthfully.
Featured speakers include Dan Ramos, Christina Hartlieb, and more.
Hosted at the Harriet Beecher Stowe House in the Walnut Hills neighborhood of Cincinnati. In the 19th century, Harriet used her Power of Voice to change public opinion about slavery. Find inspiration to teach truthfully about our history today. 
Walnut Hills is coming alive with music, art, dance, food, and more! HER Cincinnati (formerly known as Cincinnati Union Bethel) and Walnut Hills Redevelopment Foundation are joining forces for the second year in a row to rock the Peebles Corner Historic District. Now called The Queen of the Hills Street Festival, we'll be celebrating on E. McMillan St. from Gilbert to Kemper with our neighbors and friends on September 10th, 2022, 11am-3pm.
Get into the spirit of safer sex with Caracole’s first-ever PrEP Rally!
Join Caracole for FREE music, food, games, giveaways and HIV prevention info on Saturday, September 10 at the Seasongood Pavilion in Eden Park.
• Heard of PrEP but not sure how it can benefit you?
• Wondering what’s the diff between PrEP and PEP?
• Thinking PrEP is just for risky sex?
• Want PrEP but not sure how to pay for it?
Caracole and friends will be on hand to help answers these questions and more!
You’re worth protecting! Find free safer sex and HIV prevention support—not judgment—at the Caracole PrEP Rally!
For more info, call Brandon or Mia, Caracole PrEP Health Navigators, at 513.761.1480.

Join us September 15th for our 15th annual Celebrating Our Beloved Community: Walk Our Blocks! Learn more about the event and register online at #AffordableHousing #Cincinnati #OTRCH
Join us for Transformation Awards 2022 - A Virtual Event!
The Lighthouse Fall Event is less than 3 weeks away! Don't miss this chance to enjoy yourself while you sip, taste, shop, bid, and mingle!
Reserve your spot now:

Join us for our sixth annual Jazzed About Art, an evening of jazz music,

food and fun to benefit Art Beyond Boundaries, CILO's inclusive art program and fine art gallery. Since 2005, Art Beyond Boundaries has assisted hundreds of talented artists with disabilities to develop their

artistic skills and become recognized by the Cincinnati art community. 
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Grab your friends and join us for a fun-filled bar crawl in Over-the-Rhine!
You’ll set sail from Somerset Bar and visit many merry ports in Over-the Rhine, including Jack Brown’s Beer and Burger Joint, Copper and Flame, and more!
You’ll enjoy
• Food and drink specials!
• Exclusive swag, including a NautiCrawl 2022 t-shirt!
• The feeling of helping youth in crisis!
The Lighthouse YP Committee is ready to welcome you aboard!
All money raised from the NautiCrawl will support Lighthouse's services for homeless youth.
Tender Mercies invites you to sponsor a A Bewitching Night benefitting Tender Mercies. On October 27 at the Newport Car Barn, Bob Herzog and Sheila Gray Local 12 News will lead us through this enchanting night featuring entertainment from local legend The Soul Pocket Band. Both live and silent auctions support Tender Mercies’ mission to provide home and hope to over 200 adults with mental illness who have experienced homelessness.
This rockin’ evening will be so FUN it’s SCARY!
Tickets are now available for our Glow-Getter Gala: A Neon Night Out on November 3 at Coppin’s Restaurant at The Hotel Covington. No worries on what to wear—think neon! Learn more and purchase your tickets at
#gala #neon #party #HIV #fundraiser
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