Doan Brook, which runs from eastern Shaker Heights through Cleveland to Lake Erie, is an urban stream facing challenges of pollution and flooding from excess stormwater. The nonprofit Doan Brook Watershed Partnership works to support the stream’s health and preservation and invite citizens to get to know and enjoy the waterway.
For years, hospitals and public policy wonks have been engaged in an ongoing debate over whether nonprofit hospitals provide adequate benefits to the community to make the tax breaks they receive a good deal for taxpayers. That debate is further complicated by the history of racist policies like redlining that still affect Clevelanders today.
An Ideastream analysis of Cuyahoga County fiscal records shows that the clinic owned at least $2.4 billion in tax-exempt property countywide as of 2018 assessments. If that property was taxable, it would contribute about $84 million to government coffers annually.
Hattie Mae Holifield decided to open a daycare after discovering how difficult it was to find childcare for her four kids. She has defied obstacles to create and sustain a successful daycare from her home, helping raise generations of Clevelanders while reducing childcare costs for mostly single Black mothers.
Rite Aid Healthy Futures is supporting three Cleveland food access programs: the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, The FARE Project, and Food Strong. With nearly 14 percent of Cuyahoga County food insecure, these efforts are fighting hunger in our area.