At the Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless (NEOCH) Annual Meeting, the Board of Trustees gave awards to Maria Smith of the Legal Aid Society and retired Councilman Jay Westbrook. NEOCH has not given out this award since 2008 because of funding issues, but the board decided it was time to start recognizing outstanding contributions to social justice in Cleveland.
NEOCH Press Releases
Councilman Jay Westbrook will be leaving office in January and will help mark Homeless Memorial Day in Cleveland. The 27th Annual Homeless Memorial Day will take place on Saturday December 21, 2013 at St. Malachi Social Hall 2459 West 25th St. at 7:00 p.m. at the Hunger Center (Enter off of Main Street or from the parking lot behind the church). Councilman Westbrook has a 25 year record of concern for improving services to homeless people including chairing the 1992 Homeless Plan that created the first City/County joint department known as the Office of Homeless Services.
Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless Fourth Annual Event Slated for October 18 is Collaboration between two NEO Nonprofits CLEVELAND – On October 18, 2013, Catholic Charities’ Bishop William M. Cosgrove Center (Bishop Cosgrove Center) and the Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless (NEOCH) will host the 4th Annual Hand Up Gala.
Over Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted’s opposition, Plaintiffs Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless, Columbus Coalition for the Homeless, and Ohio Democratic Party have filed a motion asking Judge Algenon Marbley of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio to extend a voting--‐‑rights Consent Decree that the plaintiffs obtained in April 2010. The Decree was issued in the case now captioned as Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless, et al. v. Husted, et al., Case No. 2:06--‐‑cv--‐‑896, originally filed in the fall of 2006 against then--Secretary of State J. Kenneth Blackwell.
An amazing 93% of the 324 people registered through NEOCH’s voting efforts went to the polls to cast their vote in the 2012 Presidential Election which compares to 70% for all Ohioans. NEOCH staff and volunteers hit the streets to ensure individuals who may be struggling to find shelter, food and income were still able to pursue their right and vote.