Participatory Budgeting Cleveland, or PB CLE, released an action plan today for how they’d engage residents in coming up with ideas for how to spend $30.8 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds.
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In a city where 60% of households are renters, many Clevelanders face uncertain futures. Tenants who are a day late with the rent can receive an eviction notice, and landlords can refuse to rent to tenants who choose to pay with a housing voucher. A coalition of housing advocates and area organizations is asking Cleveland mayoral candidates Justin Bibb and Kevin Kelley to support renter protection legislation to address these issues.
There was one bright spot in the darkness of the coronavirus pandemic in Cleveland last year: Fewer people were homeless and living on the streets. Chris Knestrick, director of the Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless (NEOCH), estimates there was a roughly 30% decrease in the number of “unsheltered” people experiencing homelessness in Cleveland.
When COVID-19 hit Cleveland earlier this year, government officials and advocates scrambled to find safe housing alternatives to the streets and shelters. The temporary answer just may lead to some long term goals and solutions.
For over 100 years the City Mission at East 55th and Carnegie has helped people in crisis with shelter, food, and other services. Raul Williams, who has worked there as a social worker and case worker for nearly two years, once stayed here while battling addiction and homelessness. Now he helps people with problems that dogged him for years.