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Local agencies hope to aid working parents by providing safe spaces for students during virtual school hours

Local agencies hope to aid working parents by providing safe spaces for students during virtual school hours This story is provided by ideastream as part of special community coverage of COVID-19 and funded by Third Federal Foundation and University Settlement. by Rachel Dissell (Plain Press, September 2020)       For some parents of school-age children, the decision … Continue reading

“He Loves to Fight for all the Little Guys”

“He Loves to Fight for all the Little Guys” (Plain Press, September 2020)       After 30 years as a MetroHealth doctor, and a number of years before that serving as a community organizer, Doug Van Auken is set to retire. Doug Van Auken’s mission in life was perhaps best captured in that headline from a 1984 … Continue reading

Coping with COVID Collaboration seeks stories and ideas about experiences of Clevelanders during pandemic

Coping with COVID Collaboration seeks stories and ideas about experiences of Clevelanders during pandemic (Plain Press, August 2020) Coping with COVID is a collaboration between 90.3 WCPN/ideastream and more than a dozen community news outlets, including the Plain Press. Our aim is to bring you more stories about the experience of Clevelanders during the pandemic. … Continue reading

Cleveland City Council has a chance to do the right thing as it reviews tax abatement policy

Cleveland City Council has a chance to do the right thing as it reviews tax abatement policy by Chuck Hoven (Plain Press, August 2020)            Cleveland City Council announced in a July 23rd press release that it plans to hear a presentation from the Department of Community Development on a tax abatement study at its … Continue reading

The Cleveland Foundation, Cuyahoga County and T-Mobile create a Greater Cleveland Digital Equity Fund

The Cleveland Foundation, Cuyahoga County and T-Mobile create a Greater Cleveland Digital Equity Fund (Plain Press, August 2020)            The COVID-19 pandemic has thrown a spotlight on digital inequities in Greater Cleveland that bar students from accessing their education in an age of remote learning, prevent underemployed and unemployed adults from finding or applying for … Continue reading

MetroHealth mobile unit offers Project DAWN services during COVID-19 pandemic

by Chuck Hoven (Plain Press, August 2020)            Attention to the crisis of opioid overdose deaths in Cuyahoga County remains a priority during the COVID-19 Pandemic. The MetroHealth Cuyahoga County Project DAWN (Deaths Avoided with Naloxone) is using an expanded mobile unit to distribute its Narcan Kits and Safe Injection Kits, and to offer referrals … Continue reading

Cleveland City Council declares racism a public health crisis

CITY COUNCIL POLICIES CONTRIBUTE TO CLEVELAND’S HIGH CHILDHOOD POVERTY RATE Cleveland City Council declares racism a public health crisis CITY COUNCIL POLICIES CONTRIBUTE TO CLEVELAND’S HIGH CHILDHOOD POVERTY RATE by Chuck Hoven (Plain Press, July 2020)    At its June 3rd meeting, Cleveland City Council declared racism is a public health crisis. The legislation was unanimously passed by … Continue reading

Ohio job seekers face uphill battle on uneven playing field

Ohio job seekers face uphill battle on uneven playing field COVID-19 exacerbates trends; Women and young workers hit particularly hard by Kevin Williams Graphics by Cid Standifer This public service journalism article provided by nonprofit nonpartisan Eye on Ohio, the Ohio Center for Investigative Journalism. (Plain Press, June 2020)   Carmine Ballard (prefers use of … Continue reading

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Organizations work to address the digital divide

Organizations work to address the digital divide (Plain Press, June 2020)   The arrival of the coronavirus COVID-19 in Cuyahoga County brought to the forefront the necessity to address the digital divide. A number of community leaders and advocates for social change have come forward, urging action to address this serious issue. Schools and health care … Continue reading

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