October 24, 2016

1. In the Nation: New Findings Challenge Existing Theories About Welfare and the Poor

It has been more than four decades since the federal government dedicated hundreds of millions of dollars to a massive experiment on poverty. Thousands of families in several cities participated, entering a program that guaranteed as much as $25,900 a year for a family of four. Economists are still debating the results of the federal Income Maintenance Experiments. This week, two researchers put out some surprising new findings from the Seattle and Denver programs that challenge existing theories about welfare and the poor.

2. In the StatePrevention in Ohio: Examining Ohio's Efforts to Curb the State's Drug Epidemic through Prevention Education

In August, Ohio Attorney General's Office announced the formation of a study committee to examine drug use prevention education in Ohio schools. Public Policy Associate Brie Lusheck and Graduate Associate Adam White highlight takeaways from the committee's initial meetings and offer a brief look into drug use prevention education across the state in their newest blog post.

3. In the RegionCleveland Mini Maker Faire Slated for November 5

Presented by the Cleveland Public Library (CPL) and Ingenuity Cleveland, the Cleveland Mini Maker Faire (CMMF) builds on the area's rich culture of innovation, invention, creativity, and making things. With a strong manufacturing and engineering base still intact as well as a vibrant biomedical and design community and a rich cultural history, Cleveland is a hotbed for Maker culture.

4. At Community SolutionsHHSA Committee Approves Contract Extension with FrontLine for Transitional Housing Program

The Cuyahoga County Council Health, Human Service and Aging Committee heard testimony from the Office of Homeless Services about extending a contract with Frontline for a workforce development program at the North Point shelter. Although the meeting was short, the presented content marked another step in the County's goal of aligning services and workforce development. Learn more in William Tarter, Jr.'s latest blog.

5. This Week's Featured Infographic: Cleveland Neighborhood Profiles

Today, CCS is releasing Cleveland Neighborhood Profiles, 34 factsheets that provide relevant, timely data for each of Cleveland's neighborhoods. These profiles serve as a useful tool for those seeking to understand demographics, employment, income, poverty, education, housing affordability, or teen birth rates in any of Cleveland's neighborhoods. For this week's graphic, we're featuring part of the profile for the Downtown neighborhood, where our office is located, but be sure to check out the profile for the neighborhoods where you live, work, and play by clicking here.


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A nonprofit, non-partisan think tank, The Center for Community Solutions focuses on solutions to health, social and economic issues.

We help the people who help people -- human service professionals, civic leaders, and public officials. Our applied research, policy analysis, and non-partisan advocacy are what set us apart. With offices in Cleveland and Columbus, we identify, analyze, and explain key health, social, and economic data and issues, and propose non-partisan solutions to improve the lives of Ohioans. In addition to keeping an eye on emerging issues, we also focus on the following policies: 

  • Strengthening the Health and Human Services Safety Net
  • Medicaid
  • Safety, Health, and Economic Wellbeing of Older Adults  
  • Improving Maternal and Infant Health
  • Improving Access to Behavioral Health Services
  • Adolescent Reproductive Health Education