January 2021 Plain Press Community Board

January 2021 Community Board


COLLABORATIVE TO END HUMAN TRAFFICKING urges victims of human trafficking to seek help and support. Skilled individuals are on hand to listen, answer questions and provide support to victims at the following hotlines: Cuyahoga County Regional Human Trafficking Task Force Hotline: 216-443-6085; Northeast Ohio Sex Trafficking Advocacy and Recovery Project (Project STAR) Hotline: 1-855-431-7827; Northeast Ohio Minors can call Bellefaire JCB Homeless and Missing Youth Hotline at 216-570-8010. Support is also available for those who suspect they may have encountered a trafficking situation and have questions about what they have seen.

MUTUAL AID 101 TOOL KIT: A discussion between Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and organizer Mariame Kaba resulted in the creation of a response to COVID-19 based on community building and resource sharing – “Mutual Aid” – “cooperation for the sake of the common good”. Download a copy of the tool kit at cdn.cosmicjs.com.

STUDENTS FOR GUN LEGISLATION is a national 501(c)4 Non-Profit committed to reducing and ultimately ending gun violence. If you’re interested in signing up to join our newsletter and email list, please use this form! https://forms.gle/SDcWQBwUMrgxPnJx6

CLEVELAND PEACE ACTION: Please join us on January 12, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. for Peace@ThePub HOME “Prospects for Peace Under a Biden Administration” Details about this and other coming events available at www.peaceactioncleveland.org


TRI-C JAZZFEST FACEBOOK PAGE in collaboration with Jazz at Lincoln Center will livestream Clifford Brown at 90: Brownie Speaks on January 6th at 7:30 p.m. in celebration of the late jazz trumpeter’s 90th birthday. Free concert. Donations accepted.


MERRICK HOUSE has Prevention, Retention and Contingency (PRC) funding available to assist anyone with rent or utility payments. Payments are limited to $125.00 per household and will be paid directly to the vendor. Interested parties should call Merrick House at 216-771-5077 for an application.


COVID-19 AND POVERTY MEMORIAL WALL: A collective place to mourn and remember friends, family and community members who have died due to COVID-19 Pandemic and poverty. To view the site or submit a memorial go to: www.memorial.poorpeoplescampaign.org.

OHIO DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH: For specific questions about COVID-19, the vaccine, and additional information and resources, use the Ohio Department of Health’s call center. Call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634), or visit coronavirus.ohio.gov.

OHIO DEPARTMENT OF DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES (DODD) COVID19 GUIDANCE: This reorganized webpage contains updated DODD Guidance and resources to help inform people with disabilities, their families, service providers, direct support professionals, county boards of developmental disabilities, and the community at large on information related to COVID-19. Visit dodd.ohio.gov or call 1-800-617-6733.

DETROIT SHOREWAY RESOURCES DURING CORONAVIRUS: Contact DSCDO specialist for help finding and applying for rental assistance, food, health, or utility reesources. Call 216-961-4242 x243 or email intern@dscdo.org.

CUYAHOGA COUNTY STAY AT HOME ADVISORY encourages residents to stay home to the greatest extent possible thru January 15th due to the rapid rise of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in the state. Residents are advised to only leave their home to go to work or school, or for essential needs such as seeking medical care, purchasing essential items from a grocery store or pharmacy, picking up prepared food, or receiving deliveries. Additionally, residents are strongly advised to avoid traveling in and out of the State of Ohio and to forgo having guests in their homes or residences during the upcoming holiday.

WEBSITES WITH INFORMATION ON COVID-19: CDC: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus.Ohio Department of Health: https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/Cleveland Health Department: http://www.clevelandhealth.org/

COVID-19 TESTING SITE: Testing for those with COVID-19 symptoms or who have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 is available at Neighborhood Family Practice: W. 117 Community Health Center – 11709 Lorain Ave. By appointment only. Tests are available regardless of one’s ability to pay. Call (216) 281-0872 for information or to schedule an appointment. Results are back in one to three days.

CODE RED: Sign up for CodeRED alerts to receive calls and emails with important info regarding the coronavirus. To sign up online, visit https://bit.ly/CLECodeRED, get mobile alerts by downloading the CodeRED app via the Apple or Google Play stores. Seniors who need assistance signing up are welcome to call the Department of Aging at (216) 664-4383 for periodic phone call messaging.

CLEVELAND MANDATES: Cleveland City Council approved the mandatory use of masks in public spaces as well as certain penalties for individuals and businesses that do not comply. On July 3, Mayor Jackson signed an amended order mandating the use of masks in public in the City of Cleveland to slow the spread of the highly contagious coronavirus. This includes mandatory use in bars, restaurants, shared office settings, rideshares and other shared spaces. Any business or person violating the mask or safe-seating order (which maintains social distancing of at least six feet between patrons) is subject to civil penalties. Any business in the City of Cleveland with an employee who becomes ill with the coronavirus is required to immediately disinfect and sanitize the premises. Business complaints: CDPH hotline at (216) 857-7165. Individual or private residence complaints: Cleveland Police non-emergency line at (216) 621-1234


CLEVELAND METROPOLITAN SCHOOL DISTRICT will continue remote learning for most students for the remainder of the second quarter which ends on January 22nd. Additional information about the third quarter will be forthcoming in early January. The student meal pickup plans will continue during remote learning.

CUYAHOGA COMMUNITY COLLEGE is offering Cuyahoga County residents who have experienced financial hardship due to the pandemic free tuition for one year. For more information or to download the tuition assistance application visit www.tri-c.edu.


ENERGY SHARE is an energy assistance program that helps pay the gas bills of Dominion East Ohio customers facing financial hardship due to unemployment or family crisis. During the 2020-21 heating season applications will be accepted until May 31st or until funds run out. Those who qualify for assistance can receive up to $800 in assistance applied to paying their gas bill. Individuals and families making up to 300% of the federal poverty level qualify for assistance. Contact your local Salvation Army for more information and to see if you qualify for assistance. Salvation Army Ohio City Post, 4402 Clark Avenue, can be reached at 216-631-1515 or visit www.salvationarmyohio.org/ohiocity.


THE PLAIN PRESS 50TH ANNIVERSARY COMMUNITY GUIDE will be published in our March issue. The guide lists the names and phone numbers of nonprofit organizations that serve the community. Nonprofit organizations that have changed their name or phone number should call the Plain Press at 216-621-3060 or email the Plain Press at plainpress@gmail.com to update their free listing.


CLEVELAND METROPARKS has a new guide to explore all 18 park reservations, Pathfinder, Powered by PNC. The guide can be downloaded at: www.clevelandmetroparks.com/pathfinder.


TRI-LEAGUE LITTLE LEAGUE announces FREE Registration opportunity for 2021 season! The T-Mobile Little League Call Up Grant Program is committed to helping families in need by covering registration fees associated with Tri-League Little League programs so that every kid has the chance to play. This program is available to families in need who can present verifications, such as a Free/Reduced Lunch Verification letter, SNAP, WIC, Foster Child Paperwork, or Enrollment in Medicaid or State Health Plans. For more information on how to determine if your family is eligible, as well as information on how to apply, visit LittleLeague.org/CallUpGrant. When applying you will be asked the cost of registrations for our programs, please enter $60.00. For more information contact: Cedric Gaddis, Marketing Director Tri-League Little League Office: 216-476-8456; Cell: 440-309-7325; E-mail: cedricgaddis@trileaguelittleleague.org; Website: www.trileaguelittleleague.org

GIRLS ON THE RUN NORTHEAST OHIO: Girls on the Run Northeast Ohio, a nonprofit organization, serves 3rd – 8th grade girls, providing a sense of belonging, opportunities for building friendships and programs that improve their overall health and wellness. Inspiring girls to be joyful, healthy and confident through a fun, experienced-based curriculum that creatively integrates running, Girls on the Run Northeast Ohio offers programming at more than 100 sites across Northeast Ohio. For more information visit girlsontherun.org or call 1-800-901-9965.


OHIO DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION: For more detailed traffic information, and to get personalized traffic alerts for your commute, download the OHGO app or visit OHGO.com.


CLEVELAND PUBLIC POWER: To report a home or business power outage call: 216-664-3156. To report a Streetlight outage: Call 216-664-5483. To make an online report visit: www.cpp.org/Contact.

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