NEOCH Board Supports Health and Human Services Levy

The NEOCH Board of Trustees voted to urge passage of a levy renewal to support health and human services in Cuyahoga County.  While we had some discussion about the levy funds that go to support the Community Women's Shelter without much oversight, the vast majority of the funds go to quality essential services locally.  The few programs that are under performing do not match the large number of exceptional services that tax payers receive for this levy.

The 4.8 mill levy—which is not a tax increase—is on the March 15, 2016 county-wide ballot. The levy is a crucial source of funding in Cuyahoga County for children, the elderly and families in need or in crises.  Funds from the levy go to MetroHealth hospital, the Alcohol Drug Addiction services, housing assistance through EDEN and services to those with mental health issues.   It also funds 2100 Lakeside Shelter, the largest shelter in Ohio and much of the Re-Entry services. 

“This levy helps in the struggle to end homelessness, provide assistance to veterans and seniors struggling with their housing," said Brian Davis Executive Director of NEOCH.   This eight- year renewal is longer than prior renewals, meaning the 'no tax increase' rate is locked in for a longer period of time.

The levy is the larger of two levies in Cuyahoga County that generate revenues to pay for health and social service programs for citizens in need. The 4.8 mill levy—which costs the owner of a $100,000 home $147 a year—generates about $130 million annually.

These funds help us serve the 235,000 people living below poverty in Cuyahoga County.  It helps with the housing and health care needs of those struggling in our community.  We can serve young people in the foster care system. 

NEOCH is urging its members and supporters to vote yes on Issue 23 on March 15, 2016, the renewal of the Health and Human Services levy.

Brian Davis

This post reflect the opinion of the Board of Trustees of NEOCH