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November is membership month at NEOCH

Our goal is to continue making a difference in our community. We want to continue to organize and empower homeless and at risk men, women and children to break the cycle of poverty through public education, advocacy and the creation of nurturing environments. We can only do this with your support. You make our outreach more effective, our advocacy more courageous, and our relationships stronger.  

We need you to make us strong. We need you to become a member of NEOCH.   It is through your support that we continue to be a force for change in this community.  Please consider donating and becoming a member.

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Please join us on Tuesday, November 14th from 5:30 to 7:30 for a fundraiser to help to end homelessness as we observe National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week. We will be welcoming our new director Chris Knestrick as he provides an update on NEOCH advocacy and the issues facing the homelessness community in Cleveland.  This evening will have an educational discussion, taco bar, networking, games, prizes, food and fundraising! 

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Register now for our Housing 101 Workshops on October 20th and December 1st!

The workshop training focuses on all aspects of obtaining and maintaining housing and shelter for clients from Accessing Shelter, Help getting out of Homelessness, Facing Evictions Landlord/tenant and fair housing laws which can help clients maintain housing and take appropriate steps should there be a fair housing complaint or discrimination or inappropriate landlord behavior

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Homeless Congress Meeting Notes from September

The Homeless Congress is a monthly meeting with representatives of all the shelters in Cleveland.  The Homeless Congress is organized by the Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless (NEOCH) and residents of Cleveland’s homeless shelters and those resistant to shelters. It is a way for a diverse group of homeless people to come together, share ideas, make connections and push for changes.

Notes from September 14th, 2017. 


Family Homelessness Crisis Needs to be Addressed. 

Homelessness is not just a solitary struggle. The reality is 41% of homeless are comprised of families, a large majority of which are headed by single-mothers. Mothers and children are the fastest growing homeless demographic. In Cleveland, this crisis is growing, and it’s growing fast. We sought to explore the impact it’s having on the already precarious shelter system.

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NEOCH's Voter Purge Case Goes to the US. Supreme Court

In a press release on September 18th 2017, Demos and American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)  annouced that they will take NEOCH's purge case to the US Supreme Court. They "filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court detailing how Ohio is violating the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) by targeting registered voters who fail to vote in a two-year period for eventual removal from the registration rolls — even if they have not moved and are still fully eligible.

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We add our voice to the concerns raised by the City Mission.

There is a crisis in Cleveland - a terrible lack of resources for women and children who are experiencing homelessness. All of the family shelters are full and the overfull shelter is almost to capacity.  The county does not have shelter in place to give support to these families.  Rapid Re-housing is available but this program alone will never be enough. Thankfully, The City Mission, who runs the overflow, still remain committed to not turning anyone away. As of today, families have not been forced to sleep in the street.

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Homeless Congress Meeting Notes for August 10, 2017

The meeting began with the new Director of Operations at NEOCH, Chris Knestrick, re-introducing himself to some of the members that had not met him yet.  Afterward, We went over the purpose of the Homeless Congress, what the Congress has done, some of the goals that have been attained or will be addressed, and why it is so important, which is, it can be a “bridge to City and State Officials” and it “allows homeless people to have a unified voice."

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Displacement: The Hidden Cost of the Irishtown bend project

The 17-acre proposed park would be cover most of the riverbed of West 25th Street from Detroit Ave to Columbus Road. The first phase of the project is a massive stabilization of the land, which will cost $49 million. The second phase, the actual construction of the park has no public price tag yet. Despite money flowing in from many agencies and foundations, the cost of relocating the Irishtown Bend residents - which NEOCH estimates would cost around $18,000 - is not a part of their budget.

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