The Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless is hosting an event on Tuesday September 27 at three Homeless Facilities in Cleveland to encourage people to register ahead of the deadline. This year we have a number of elected officials attending to say a few words about the importance of voting. Those living in a shelter or on the streets still have a right to participate in electing the people who will provide leadership out of this housing crisis and NEOCH does all we can to assist. September 27 is National Voter Registration Day and to celebrate we are bringing artists and community leaders together to motivate homeless people to participate.
NEOCH Press Releases
Columbus, OH) - Yesterday, a voting rights coalition asked the federal court to stop Ohio’s practice of removing properly registered voters from its voter registration list simply because they have not voted in recent elections. The plaintiffs, who initiated the lawsuit in early April, are composed of civic groups and a longtime Ohioan who was disenfranchised by this process.
COLUMBUS—Today, Demos and the ACLU of Ohio brought suit on behalf of the Ohio A. Philip Randolph Institute (APRI) and the Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless (NEOCH) against Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted. The organizations are demanding that Ohio stop illegally removing voters from its voter registration rolls in violation of the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (NVRA). “In 2015, Ohio conducted a massive purge across the state,” said Andre Washington, the President of the Ohio APRI chapter. “In Cuyahoga County alone, approximately 40,000 individuals were unlawfully purged merely for choosing not to vote, and a disproportionate number came from low-income neighborhoods and communities of color.”
NEOCH will have the opportunity to highlight some successes and accomplishments of the past year. In so doing, we will recognize this year’s Most Valuable Partner, Peter Schindler, of the Community West Foundation for his talent, initiative, care, and support of homeless people. We are forever indebted to Peter for his drive, advice, and his compassion for homeless people. He has been particularly instrumental to the SocksPlus campaign and the Outreach Worker Training Program, two of this year’s highlights, and has facilitated NEOCH’s positive image in the media over the past year.
Yesterday, an RTA bus driver committed a vicious and unprovoked attack on a homeless patron. As Donte Halsey attempted to exit a bus in Public Square, the bus driver ordered him to the back of the bus to pick up some discarded bus schedules. When Mr. Halsey did not comply, the driver prevented Mr. Halsey from exiting by closing the doors.