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Housing Workshop 101

Here is a copy of the flyer that you can print out or distribute to your co-workers.

We are starting our Housing Workshops for 2014.  We hope to have four this year.   These will help housing case workers learn more about the resources available to homeless people.  We will discuss the landlord tenant law and the fair housing laws.  We will talk about appeals and denials from subsidized properties, and how to better use   There are big changes in how homeless people access shelter and permanent supportive housing, and we will have the agency responsible for these programs present.  You must send in or drop off your reservation (with payment) at 3631 Perkins Ave. Suite #3A-3, Cleveland, Ohio 44114.

Brian Davis

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Golden Week Eliminated and Early Voting Curtailed

We the people of Ohio have to wonder what is the reason that we are not allowed to vote in the evening in person?  If government is supposed to act more like the business world then why are they not filling the demand for weekend and evening voting?   These were all busy times for early voting in Cuyahoga Counties and other urban centers.  Government should respond to the needs of its citizens--not force the people to meet the needs of employees of rural boards of elections.   In another example of fixing a problem that does not exist,  Secretary of State Husted has decided to limit early in person voting to consistent hours throughout the state.  There may not be a need in Adams, Meigs or Van Wert counties for Sunday voting or early evening voting, but there is huge demand in Akron, Cleveland, and Cincinnati. 

I have yet to hear the reason for ending Golden Week.  No one has even given a reason why we can't allow people to register and vote at the same time.  The counties have 30 days to verify if this information is accurate, and so what is the problem?  Why not make voting as easy as possible?  Have their been massive voter fraud in the states that allow same day registration as voting? (The answer is no, by the way).  If government is responsive to its citizens then they should be open when people want to vote.  There were thousands who voted on Sunday in 2008, 2010 and 2012 so let them vote when it is convenient.  There are thousands who do not trust voting by mail and want to vote in person but cannot get off work to go all the way downtown.  I have heard some who feel it is their civic obligation to vote and they feel it must be done in person. 

For homeless people voting, Golden Week is perfect. We have a video about the importance of Golden Week.   Homeless people move frequently and lose their important documents on a regular basis.  They need a time to be able to change their address (which happens every few weeks) and to vote at the same time.  Homeless people who register in August may have moved three times by the time of the November election.   This can only be seen as a way to suppress voters.  Imagine if the only way to go to a movie was that you had to register 35 days before the movie premiere date, you had to fill out the forms accurately, and you could not fill out the movie registration in person except during limited hours.  Then, if you change your address in those 35 days before the movie, they would only let you read the script for the movie and not let you see the movie for another 10 days.  Most people would say, "Forget it. I will wait for the video."   This is what is happening with our voting, people are just waiting to see the results the next day because it is too much of a hassle.  We live in an internet age when we can order a pizza online, have the payment verified by some financial institution, and have it is delivered within the hour. We have set up a 19th century process for voting.  It is a way to suppress voting nothing more.  People will eventually see that these rules harm elderly, students, African Americans, low income workers, and especially homeless people.

Brian Davis

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New Street Voices Speaker Video

Sheri West is one of our Street Voices Speakers, and available to come out to a church, synagogue or civic organization to talk about her experiences.  She had a rough marriage and wound up in a women's shelter.  She is stable now with a job and housing, but had to endure a year of trauma.   We have a profile of Sheri on our website here. 

NEOCH does have a YouTube Channel with five videos on it.  Thanks to Brent for all his work on the videos.  We will place the Sheri video on the Street Voices speakers page

Brian Davis

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Five Years After the Recovery Act

This week was the anniversary of the American Recovery Act signed into law to clean up the mess that Wall Street made of our economy.  The lax regulations of big banks and the unregulated housing market corrupted the financial industry.  A lot of ink has been spilled to complain that the ACA was a giant boondoggle because we still have a relatively high unemployment rate.  I don't know about the other areas of the ACA, but I can say that it was a life saver for homeless people in Cleveland. 

I remember how people were worried that the whole system was failing.  I remember that the Presidential election suspending their campaigns because of how dire the situation was.  I remember that I thought that there would be thousands of families who were going to need shelter in Cleveland.  We were shedding massive numbers of jobs and there was no end in sight.  We were on the brink of a Great Depression II and no one had any answers.  Remember that the Congress originally refused to pass a rescue plan and the stock market took a huge dive, before they came to their senses.  

I can say that the $14 million that we got in Cleveland to assist homeless people worked.  We saw a huge increase in the number of people showing up at the shelters, but with the rental assistance we got people out of the shelters quickly.   We learned a lot from the stimulus funding.  We learned what worked and what did not.  We did not have to turn people away, and we know that we can quickly implement a program to end homelessness for thousands.  It was proof that if we had the proper resources government could solve problems.  If we built large numbers of housing units and found people income, we could significantly reduce homelessness in America.   The housing part of the ACA was a huge success in Cleveland and we could use a new infusion of funds like we got five years ago.

Brian Davis

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New Street Chronicle is on the Streets

Cleveland Street Chronicle Issue #21.1 is now on the streets.  The vendors are very happy because the Winter festival on West 25th St. is today.  They have new content to distribute to shoppers of the West Side Market and the businesses over on the Near West Side.  They have become a staple over there even appearing in the history book documenting the first 100 years of the institution. 

The paper has stories from many of the vendors, a nice photo spread from the Stand Down and the Homeless Memorial Day.   Cindy Miller has another in her series on rural homelessness.  There is a story about the trials that the women staying at Laura's Home are going through right now as they try to find help.  We have an interview with Cleveland Community Development guru, Norm Krumholtz talking about transportation issues.  We have two articles about the Community Women's Shelter.  We posted the list of people who died in 2013 with some experience of homelessness. 

Check it out. It is on the streets and available from a uniformed vendor for $1.25.   The vendors would appreciate your support of this microenterprise project in Cleveland.  21 years of spreading the word on the streets.

Brian Davis

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