A Few Quick Updates

CWRU Civic Engagement Conference and Learning Center along with the InterReligious Task Force on Central America had their 14th Annual Teach In conference on a cold snowy day in February.  I was one of the presenters regarding homelessness in Cleveland.  It was amazing how many students came out to participate.  Sarah Kalloch of Oxfam and Dr. Rhonda Williams of CWRU Social Justice Institute were the two keynote speakers for the conference.  

100,000 Homes Campaign was featured on 60 Minutes on Sunday February 9.  It was a nice piece on the savings for the community in providing housing before wasting time with services.  Check it out if you did not see it.  The problem is that 100,000 homes are not going to make a dent in the need.  We have neglected affordable housing for 30 years, 100,000 homes is not going do much for the community.  Don't get me wrong these are beautiful buildings in Cleveland that have everything the population needs.  It is just not enough and it takes too long to develop. If we were developing 100,000 new units with support services every year, we would start seeing a reduction in emergency services.  At the end of the day this summer of 2014, we will reach the 100,000 homes magic number.  Then what?   We will not have closed any shelter and the cities will be stuck with the long term cost of supporting these buildings and the disabled residents living inside. 

Golden Week is probably dead this week.  It looks like the State legislature is going to kill the week that allows homeless people to register and vote at the same time.  It is far enough before the election that the eligibility of the voter can be determined.  It is perfect for people who move frequently such as homeless people and it makes it easy to kill two birds with one shot.  I do not know why state officials do not want to make it easier for people to vote.  I do not see the harm or the potential fraud when a voter is allowed to register and vote at the same time.  This vote to kill Golden Week can only be considered a voter suppression activity. 

Long Term Unemployed Still Without Help.  It is now 41 days since the long term unemployed were kicked off the benefit program.  This is the time that the renters will start seeing evictions because they cannot afford their housing.  This is the time that they will start seeing financial emergencies, and one of our own Senators voted down the proposal to extend benefits for the next three months.  We found a way to keep supporting big farms and certain pet projects in the Farm bill, but we can't help out-of-work Americans struggling to avoid homelessness?

Brian Davis

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Upcoming Events

1. Help LGBT Homeless Youth in Cleveland

Partners: Human Rights Campaign & The AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland

Let's come together as a community to serve LGBT homeless youth on MLK Day of Service. Taking place in January, MLK Day of Service is a "day on, not a day off." It is a way to transform Dr. King's life and teachings into community action to help bring together people, strengthen communities, and meet national challenges.

One such challenge is homelessness among LGBT youth, who make up to 40% of homeless and at-risk youth. HRC and the AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland invite you to partner with us on a service project benefiting LGBT homeless youth in our Cleveland community. As an HRC supporter, you have seen first-hand how we can make an impact when we join together and take action. With the support of partner organizations such as The LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland, Family Connections of Northeast Ohio, LGBT Ministries, Equality Ohio, PFLAG Cleveland, TransOhio, and Alpha-Omega, together, we can make a difference.  Monday, January 20  12:00 – 8:00 p.m. @ The AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland  4700 Prospect Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44103.  For more information go here...

2. The Collaborative to End Human Trafficking and its partners will host the Third Annual Human Trafficking Awareness Program, in observance of National Slavery & Human Trafficking Prevention Month, Monday, January 27, 2014 at 3 p.m. in the Greater Cleveland RTA's Tower City Rapid Station. We will send out more details via our emailing list and Facebook page--both of which you can find at www.collaborativeinitiative.org.

3.  The Ohio Attorney General's Office has announced two free webinars for victim service providers: "The Vulnerability of LGBTQ Youth to Sexual Commercialization" (Jan. 16) and "The Basics of Engaging Local Communities for Grant Recipients" (Feb. 6). For more information or to register, visit http://www.ohioattorneygeneral.gov/Individuals-and-Families/Victims/Trainings-for-Victim-Service-Providers/Victim-Service-Provider-Webinar-Series.

4. IRTF's 14th Annual Social Justice Teach In

On Sunday February 9, 2014 the InterReligious Task Force on Central America will host their annual Social Justice Teach In from 11:30 am to 4 p.m. at the CWRU Thwing Center 11111 Euclid Ave., Cleveland Ohio on the campus of Case Western Reserve University.  $10 for the public and free to College and High School Students.  For more information call 961-0003 or go to www.irtfcleveland.org.

Brian Davis

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Upcoming Events

Cuyahoga Affordable Housing Alliance Meeting

On Monday July 9 at 1:30 p.m. the Cuyahoga Affordable Housing Alliance meets at the US Bank/HUD offices at 1350 Euclid Ave. in Downtown Cleveland.  This meeting is a way to educate the public, housing providers and government about new programs or new resources in the community.  The group works to protect and preserve affordable housing locally.  This months meeting will feature representatives from the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority including the CEO Jeffrey Patterson.   We will also hear a presentation from the Cuyahoga Land Bank and all that is going on with that organization as they lead the effort to recover from the foreclosure tsunami.   There is surface parking all around the area.

OHS Meeting was cancelled for July 11

The Office of Homeless Services meets every other month on the second Wednesday of the month.  The meeting next week was cancelled because the county is hosting a cryptic meeting at Visiting Nurses Association. 

Community Briefing on “Pay for Success” &
Conversation on Priority Setting for
Health and Human Services
Wednesday, July 11, 2012 9am - 12pm
Please register online at
For more information call 216 987-7010
Please join us for a community conversation on setting human service priorities and a briefing on “Pay for Success”, a non-traditional funding formula and performance-based contracting partnership.

I have no idea what any of that means, but the County Health and Human Services is inviting the community to this briefing.

Homeless Congress Meeting

The Homeless Congress will meet on July 12 at 1:00 p.m. at the Bishop Cosgrove Center.  We will have a presentation about Central Intake and the changes with the entry shelters in Cleveland at the meeting.

National Alliance to End Homelessness Conference

The NAEH conference is in Washington DC between July 16 and July 18.  This is a very good conference if you work at a homeless service provider especially at a Permanent Supportive Housing Agency, youth program, or diversion/central intake facility.  If you are a homeless advocate, homeless person, or social justice champion, it is not the best place for you.   For the social justice types, you might want to avoid this conference.  You will be dissatisfied and angry at the end of each day. 

Community Service Alliance Fundraiser.

July 21, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. is a yard sale for the Procops Transitional Housing Facility.  Support employment programs that target homeless people by attending this fund raiser.  Go to their website for more information.

Legal Aid Clinic

August 14, 2012 at the Veterans Service Commission on Prospect at 3:30 p.m. lawyers from Legal Aid will be present to assist veterans with their legal issues.  Any low income veteran is welcome to attend to get help.