Cincinnati Action for Housing Now seeks activists and organizers to join campaign teams for our affordable housing trust fund campaign. Cincinnati Action for Housing Now advocates that all people have a safe, accessible, and affordable place to call home. The Affordable Housing Trust Fund campaign is a community-driven movement to pass a local ballot initiative that will secure money for the city-wide Housing Trust Fund. We are looking ahead at this initiative on the May 4, 2021 ballot. It will take a collaborative effort across the entire community, and we are happy to get you involved. A brief registration form will connect you to the Campaign Team that is the best fit for your skills, your personality, and your strengths.
The Greater Cincinnati Homeless Coalition is proud to present our educational program on a online platform!
Want a Speaker for your class?
Want to take a Tour with friends and family?
Need a Training for work?
We have you covered!
The programs that you have known and loved are now available through Google Meet! Anyone with a Gmail account can easily join. This is great news, because it opens up our programs to people all over the world!
Each 90 minute event ends with an open discussion so you can be assured you get your questions answered. We can also tailor the length of the program to your needs!
Check out this video that includes samples of a Speaking Engagement with Melissa, and a Virtual Walking Tour with Dr. Mark. This video was made in tribute to a local high school student who had been a strong supporter of the work of the Homeless Coalition.
Then book your event below:
We have attempted to keep the price down and value high, so each event continues to be $80 for groups up to 120 people. Any larger groups will be assessed an additional fee.
Shortly after filling out the form, you will be contacted to confirm the date and time, as well as, any special needs you may have. Contact the Director of Education with any questions: MarkMussman@cincihomeless.org
Governor DeWine has issued an order to protect evictions and foreclosures on commercial properties. Tenants have not received the same rights! It is time for him to hear and understand how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting people who are struggling to pay rent. The failure at the state level to protect tenants during this public health crisis will continue to force people into the trauma of homelessness! The Greater Cincinnati Homeless Coalition and the Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless are working together to organize the State of Ohio toward tenant protections. People who are at-risk in their housing need to share their story. We need a statewide 90-day moratorium on residential rental evictions during this pandemic.
Here is a sample form letter to send as an email:
To: [STATE REPRESENTATIVE, STATE SENATOR]
From: [YOUR NAME, ADDRESS]
I am one of the Ohio tenants who is unable to pay my full rent this month because of [LOSS OF EMPLOYMENT, ILLNESS, OTHER (explain)] related to the COVID 19 pandemic. I have not yet received any financial assistance from the state or local government. I am at risk of facing eviction from my home.
I urge you to ask Governor DeWine to enact a statewide 90-day moratorium on residential evictions with additional tenant support to ensure that I will still have a right to the peaceful enjoyment of my rental home throughout this public health crisis and once I get back on my feet.
Necessary protections include:
- Require residential landlords to accept late and partial payments during the moratorium period.
- Prohibit landlords from charging late fees during the moratorium period.
- Encourage courts to hold informal meetings with tenants and landlords to seek mediated agreements before permitting landlords to file evictions after the moratorium is over.
- Direct local law enforcement to prevent landlords from taking the law into their own hands with “self-help evictions” such as turning off utilities, padlocking the premises, or seizing a tenant’s belongings.
Residential tenants like me deserve to be treated with the same consideration that the Governor has already provided to commercial (business) tenants in his Executive Order 2020-08D.
If you have any other questions about my situation, please feel free to contact me at PHONE or EMAIL.
Thanks for your timely intervention. The need is urgent.
Send this as an email to the following elected officials:
Although we are currently unable to meet in person with newly established and actively engaged tenant groups, we must still continue building and sustaining momentum through this pandemic. The courts are on a pause, but at the end of COVID-19, the City’s housing crisis will look the same, if not worse, than it appeared before this public health emergency. Business will resume as usual.
This time is an opportunity for all organizers to transition their mobilization efforts onto digital platforms. It’s a time for us to leverage the knowledge we already have, and to learn new skills. At the Homeless Coalition, we are soon going to launch Outvote to mobilize support for our Affordable Housing Trust Fund ballot initiative. We are also collaborating with a team AmeriCorps community service members to design Facebook and GroupMe user tools that we will share with tenant groups. This crisis pushes all of us into unfamiliar and uncomfortable territory, but we have it within ourselves to emerge stronger and even more organized on the other side of it.
For more information about how to build and sustain community organizing efforts during this time of necessary social distance, check out the resource library below.
There are 1800 people in congregate housing at this time in Cincinnati.
We are all being ordered to maintain social distance from one another and to stay in our homes, but this is simply not possible for people experiencing homelessness or living in congregant transitional housing. For hundreds of people in Cincinnati and Hamilton County, social distancing is not even possible when sleeping. For more than a week, dozens of service provider organizations have been tele-conferencing daily to plan and take action to get people in our shelters and congregant facilities out of direct danger. It has become clear that while COVID-19 is a threat to everyone, its threat is greater to people experiencing homelessness. We are attempting to prevent disaster within our shelters and congregant housing programs and reduce greater risk to our community as whole.
Speakers at Tuesday’s press conference will call on the general public and businesses to make funds available and to donate or discount hotel rooms and other private living quarters. We will call on universities and colleges to make student living quarters with private restrooms available. Speakers, representing many organizations, will call on our Cincinnati Mayor and City Council, Hamilton County Commissioners, local State of Ohio Representatives and Senators, the State Legislature, the Governor, our local federal Representatives and Senators, and Congress to immediately make significant funds available to pay for hotel rooms, assist with increasing staff overtime costs and staff shortages and to get individuals and families with children into housing. It is also necessary that these officials use all of their social and political leverage to secure hotel rooms, university and college dorms and other private living spaces.
Our organizations have been working non-stop to move people to the safety we have all been advised and ordered to go to, but without the immediate intervention of our elected officials and support from our community and businesses, we will lose people to this virus simply because they did not have a home of their own to go to.
5 Ways to Show Solidarity NOW
Service providers are working overtime. Our community immediately needs space for 212 of the highest-risk individuals, and an additional 1000 rooms in the next several days. We need our elected officials to leverage political and financial support to provide safe and stable space for individuals to shelter during this pandemic. It is time to look toward the universities and convince them to offer space.
You are a valuable voice, and you can create change:
1. Call and email the Office of the Mayor and tell him that he needs to leverage political and financial resources to provide space for individuals who are currently unable to practice social distancing.
Mayor John Cranley: firstname.lastname@example.org 513-352-3250
2. Email and call the City Council Members and tell them that as a community, we are tired of the lack of access to affordable housing and now during a pandemic, hundreds of lives are at high-risk because people have nowhere to go. Demand that the Mayor leverage his political authority to secure space for the individuals who are currently unable to practice social distancing.
To email all council members, send to CityCouncil@cincinnati-oh.gov
3. Call Governor Mike DeWine’s Office at 614-644-4357 and tell him that the City of Cincinnati is currently unable to secure space for members of our community who are experiencing homelessness, and that we need money to provide shelter for these individuals through the duration of this pandemic.
4. Ask your friends and family to call and email these elected officials with this urgent message.
5. Share the need on social media, using #1800Lives.
Donations for families can be done at Strategies to End Homelessness: https://www.strategiestoendhomelessness.org/donate/
Donations For individuals and be done through the United Way and Greater Cincinnati Foundation Fund: https://www.uwgc.org/give/ways-to-give/covid-19-regional-response-fund/
Burnet Ave. Tenants to Call on City Council to Vote Yes on a Council Motion Supporting Their Fight To Not Be Forced Into Homelessness
For Immediate Release: February 25 , 2020
From: Greater Cincinnati Homeless Coalition on behalf of Stand Strong on Burnet Ave. Contact: Josh Spring LSW, Executive Director; 513-716-7455.
Wednesday, February 26, Tenants from Stand Strong on Burnet Ave., the Tenant Association at 2341 Burnet Ave. will speak to City Council during the public speech portion of the meeting, which begins at 1:30PM. Tenants will call on Council to vote for a motion put forward by Councilperson David Mann. The motion, which is set to be sent to committee on Wednesday, supports the position of Tenants who are fighting to not be forced into homelessness, as the new owner of the property they live in, Kingsley and Co., headed by former Bengal Chinedum Ndukwe, attempts to displace them from their homes. The Tenant Association initially worked to get Kingsley and Co. to renovate the property for people who live there now, instead of forcing everyone out and renovating the property for future people with higher incomes. Chinedum Ndukwe refused. The Tenant Association has since presented Ndukwe and Kingsley with a proposal Tenants believe will prevent themselves from entering homelessness. Ndukwe has refused this agreement and has ceased communicating with Tenants. Some Tenants have had their home at the Burnet address for twenty and thirty years. Other Tenants were able to exit shelters and the experience of homelessness because they found an affordable home at the property Ndukwe now wants to force them out of.
Ndukwe and Kingsley are building a Comfort Suites Hotel directly in front of the Burnet Ave. building. City Council previously granted the company a property tax abatement on the hotel development worth approximately $2.5 million. Ndukwe and one of his business partners have stated their hope to do another development, at 435 Elm Street, a tax-abated property previously owned by the City of Cincinnati.
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February 17, 2020 CityBeat: Residents of Mount Auburn Apartment Building Protest Impending Relocation
February 26, 2020 CityBeat: Residents of Mount Auburn Apartments Next to Hotel Project Say They Face Imminent Eviction; City Council Mulls Help
Join us for an evening of dancing and live music featuring The Cincy River Rats from 8pm to 10pm!
The evening will also include lite bites, cocktails, and silent auction!
Tickets are $35 general admission, $45 day of event
members receive a special rate of $30, just be sure to use the promo code provided through your email
Location: 4117 34th Ave., 45209
This is the ordinance proposed by the Covington, Kentucky Mayor and Commissioners: City of Cov Proposed ES Ordinance
Below is our letter to Mayor Meyer, Commissioners and City Administration.
For a PDF of our letter click here:Letter to Covington Mayor Meyer RE Shelter Draft Ordinance
Every year the Coalition celebrates the accomplishments of its members, the community, and the supporters at our Annual Dinner and Award Ceremony. This has long been an opportunity for organizations and individuals to come together and to share in the success of another year working alongside those experiencing homelessness.
Come celebrate with hundreds of individuals working towards this common goal. Help us recognize individuals who will be receiving awards for their hard work that evening, raise money for operating funds to help sustain our mission, and dance and celebrate another year of hard work!
Join us on Thursday, December 12, 2019 for a night of dinner, awards, dancing and a silent auction.
Tickets can be purchased using the following link:
Nominate a person, program, and/or organization for an award!
Click below for nomination forms and instructions. Nominees and award recipients will be honored at the dinner. Nominations are due November 29:
This award is for the individual or agency who has provided exemplary services with people experiencing homelessness in Greater Cincinnati and has shown dedication to the mission of ending homelessness in Greater Cincinnati.
This award honors a person who is currently experiencing homelessness or has in the past and has committed themselves to addressing the needs of people experiencing homelessness.
This award honors outstanding young leaders who are committed to promoting awareness about homelessness and whose actions have supported people experiencing homelessness. Age Categories: K-8th grade, 9th-12th grade, 18-25 years old.
This award, given in memory of buddy gray, is reserved for an individual who has dedicated their life to social justice through a lifetime of community activism, working over 15 years on behalf of people experiencing poverty and/or homelessness in the Greater Cincinnati area to improve the quality of life for all and address systemic issues attached to poverty.