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This blog is dedicated to distribute current information about the Coalition for the Homeless in Cleveland or poverty or the state of homelessness. Entries are written by board or staff of the Coalition. The opinions contained in this blog reflect the views of the author of the post. This blog features information on shelters, affordable housing, profiles, statistics, trends, and upcoming events relating to homelessness. We welcome comments, and will remove offensive or inappropriate messages. All postings are signed by the author.

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Tuesday
Oct282014

Last Week to Early Vote

Good Afternoon Voting Advocates

Election Day is five days from today on Tuesday, November 4. Polls open at 6:30 a.m. and close 7:30 p.m.

You can vote early this weekend on Saturday, November 1st from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and Sunday, November 2nd from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Early voting is also available Monday, November 3rd from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 pm.  NEOCH volunteers will be out driving people to the polling place for Early Voting.  As we say, the easiest and most convenient way for low income people who move frequently to vote (including homeless people) is to vote at the Board of Elections early. 

Contact your local Board of Elections for voting locations.  Here is the contact for the Cuyahoga Board of Elections.

If you have issues when voting, help is available at the Election Protection Hotline at 1.866.OUR-VOTE.

Brian Davis

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Monday
Oct272014

Still Time to Support the Hand Up Gala

The Gala was on October 17, but the auction drawing is not until the end of this week.  You still have time to participate.  Every $50 donated will get you a chance at a drawing of some wonderful prize packages.  There are signed footballs from the Cleveland Browns, tickets to the orchestra, gift certificates for Sherwin Williams paint, and movies, plays, concerts and sporting events.  We have designed some nice packages as part of the 20th Anniversary of Cosgrove Center.  You can donate online or if you drop your check at the office right now

This unique fundraiser does not require you to show up at special event.  It does not require you to get dressed up.  It does not require you to eat the same chicken dinner that everyone serves at fund raisers or listen to a boring speaker championing the virtues of the agency.  This fundraiser allows the population we serve to enjoy a fine dining meal in an environment that provides dignity and respect. It is a wonderful event for families, couples and single individuals to listen to some music, put a cloth napkin on their lap and dig into a Apple Cranberry Glazed Chicken Breast and wild rice.  All of this with City Councilmembers, County Councilmembers and Board members seating and serving these honored guests.  Your donation supports NEOCH and Catholic Charities's Bishop Cosgrove Center.

Brian Davis

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Monday
Oct272014

Interesting Story from the Postcard Campaign

We have been placing these post cards around town to raise awareness and dispel some of the myths about homelessness.   Nearly all of the photos on the front were by photographer David Hagan who did portraits of homeless people back in 2004.  I have heard some interesting comments back from the distribution of these postcards.  First, after only a decade, many of the people on the front have died.  Four out of the twelve on the front have passed away, which shows how difficult homelessness can be on a person's health.   We know that at least one person fell back into homelessness from the front after years of being housed. 

One individual from the front took a number of the postcards home on the RTA.  "L" really liked the post card and was reading it on the bus.  A woman said, "Hey, can I see that post card."  L said, "Do you recognize anyone on the post card," thinking she would recognize him.  She said, "Yes, I am on the post card."  It turns out she was one of the young kids on the postcard now in her 20s ten years later.  L was blown away that there were two people on the bus who had been part of the 2004-2005 photo exhibit. 

Post cards are available at the NEOCH offices and we hope to drop them around town. 

Brian Davis

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Thursday
Oct232014

Housing Visitability Summit Next Week

Please join us for this special event to learn more about resources and the development of housing in our community.

Brian Davis

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Thursday
Oct232014

You Have Permission from the State to Vote this Saturday

This coming Saturday, October 25 is the first Saturday for early in-person voting. Hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. across Ohio.  Expect lines because this is one of only two Saturdays that people can vote in person early.  Contact your local county Board of Elections for early voting location information.   For the Cuyahoga Board of Elections click here

For quick and comprehensive voter information, just enter your address on the League of Women Voters of Ohio Vote 411 website.

For more on Ohio Votes or additional help click here.
For more from the League of Women Voters of Ohio click here.

Brian Davis

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