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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
Sep232014

County Executive Candidate Night on Poverty

The Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless supports this effort and we urge you to attend this event before you vote.  The County Executive has not done much over the last four years except setting up the office, but it could be a critical position in our community.  The County Executive could work on broad county wide issues such as homelessness, the affordable housing crisis, and getting low income people to where there are jobs. 

Brian Davis

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Tuesday
Sep232014

Teen Charged with Murder of Homeless Person in Columbus

On September 22, a 19 year old, Carl Quiller was charged with shooting and killing one homeless person and suspected of shooting two others.  Thomas Henson, 63, was sleeping in the bed of his pickup truck in a shopping center parking lot, and was fatally shot in the head .  Investigators believe that the shooting of two homeless individuals on Thursday late in the evening of September 18 in a field were done by the same individual. 

Quiller had made the 9-1-1 call seeking help for Henson early Saturday morning.  After searching his house, they found the weapon underneath his mattress.  Quiller told police that he hid the gun, but someone else did the shooting.  The suspect is being held on $3 million bond. The other two homeless individuals were shot in the middle of the night, and are recovering in the hospital. 

In 2013, State Representative from Lakewood, Nicki Antonio introduced a hate crimes bill to protect lesbian, gay and transgender individuals after an attack that took place outside a bar in Cleveland in which the attackers were using gay-slurs.   We will ask Rep. Antonio to add homeless people to her bill after this attack in Columbus.  It is obvious that a predator was out looking for homeless people for two nights in a row looking to hurt and kill people who are living outside without the security of a front door. 

Brian Davis

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Monday
Sep222014

NEOCH Supports Equality in Housing and Employment in Ohio

Discrimination Against Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender People is Generally Legal in Ohio

It is legal in Ohio to be fired from your job, denied an apartment, or refused service at a movie theater, restaurant or hotel because of your sexual orientation or gender identity.  In many cities and counties in Ohio and for many government employees, these practices are prohibited, but there are no statewide nondiscrimination protections that protect all Ohioans.

21 of the 50 states currently protect people from discrimination based on their sexual orientation and/or gender identity, putting Ohio at a competitive disadvantage for recruiting and hiring the best and brightest professional talent.  Many employers across the country and here in Ohio have extended nondiscrimination policies to cover LGBT people, but millions of Ohioans remain unprotected.  According to Equality Ohio, protections are needed for everyone.

Equality Ohio is working with a bi-partisan group of legislators to pass the Equal Housing and Employment Act to end discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

The Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless voted at our September board meeting to urge our members to support the Equal Housing and Employment Act.  We co-administer the Housing website, HousingCleveland.org and have heard horror stories from homeless people struggling to find housing with good credit and no criminal background who face discrimination from small mom and pop apartment unit owners who will not accept "non-traditional" tenants.  We have seen from the Housing Center State of Fair Housing Report that Familial Status has become the second highest number of complaints they received in 2013 and Gender issues are now the fourth highest number of complaints in Northeast Ohio.  Many of those complaints are discrimination of transgender individuals and/or lesbian and gay couples who face denial of housing because of their gender or who they establish a relationship with. 

In the last five sessions of the Ohio General Assembly, legislation was introduced to protect all Ohioans from losing their job, being denied housing, or being refused public accommodations based on their real or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity.  On September 15, 2009, by a vote of 56 to 39, the Ohio House of Representatives passed the Equal Housing and Employment Act.  The historic vote marked the first time the Ohio General Assembly has voted on legislation to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. The bill unfortunately was not given testimony or a vote in the Senate and died with the end of the 2008-2009 legislative session.

In 2013 a new bill was introduced in both houses (S.B. 125 and H.B. 163).

LGBT Ohioans face discrimination on many levels.  EHEA would prevent LGBT Ohioans from being judged on anything other than their job performance; it would allow all LGBT Ohioans the ability to obtain the housing of their choice; and, it would allow LGBT Ohioans to be served equally at restaurants, movie theaters and hotels everywhere in the state. NEOCH urges state legislators to hold hearings on this important measure and then pass it into law.  

Brian Davis

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Sunday
Sep212014

National Voter Registration Day in Cleveland

Tuesday
Sep162014

National Voter Registration Day

We could use your help with registering people to vote.  We tentatively have County Councilman Dale Miller and State Rep. Mike Foley attending.  We will have Natoya Walker Minor representing the Mayor and we hope to have a Cleveland City Council member.  We want this to be a motivational event to encourage homeless people to vote.   Come and listen to these community leader or help register homeless people to participate in democracy.

Brian Davis

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