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A Reflection on My First State Budget

My first day as a policy assistant at The Center for Community Solutions was in mid-March. By that time, Governor Mike DeWine had already released the Executive Budget and budget hearings in the Ohio House of Representatives were well underway. Although I knew going into this new position that I was joining during a very busy time, my first state...

Ohioans Across the State to Continue Receiving Extra Hunger Assistance, Helping Families and Economic Recovery

By: Hope Lane, Public Policy & External Affairs Associate and Emily Campbell, Associate Director and Williamson Family Fellow for Applied Research While emergency allotments in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) were never meant to be a permanent fixture, their extension through the end of the federal public health emergency will ensure all Ohioans have a greater opportunity to recover from...

State Budget Reflection

At the beginning of 2021, when The Center for Community Solutions shared its state budget priorities, I don’t think we expected such a wild ride to reach the conclusion of the budget process. The versions of the budget presented by Governor Mike DeWine and those passed by the House and Senate certainly advanced some issues that Community Solutions prioritized while,...

Call the Midwife!

“They didn’t have access to doctors or nurses,” that was one of the startling things my mother shared when I asked how my grandmother, born in 1927 in the rural county of Montgomery, Alabama, came into the world — with the help of a midwife. Midwives in 1927 looked a lot different than they do now. They were usually someone...

Cuyahoga County HHSA Passes Contract Expanding Popular OPTIONS Program

The Cuyahoga County Council Health, Human Services and Aging Committee met on June 15, 2021 to discuss one contract, the OPTIONS for Independent Living program (a.k.a. OPTIONS). Administered as a master contract by the Cuyahoga County Department of Senior and Adult Services (DSAS), the program contract is worth $6,800,435.60 and is distributed through 26 different providers across Cuyahoga County. The...

Honoring Community Solutions’ Longest Serving Professionals

At the beginning of summer, The Center for Community Solutions’ Board of Directors voted to establish a new endowment fund at the Cleveland Foundation, with an initial investment of $100,000, in honor of Joe Ahern, Rosie Black, and Roslyn Bucy Kaleal who have each individually spent more than 40 years at what was once known as the Federation for Community...

Need to address college student hunger gains well-deserved attention and momentum

Throughout the pandemic, federal and state government have worked together to ensure that individuals and families impacted by this unprecedented time in history were not plagued by food insecurity. Much of this work involved guaranteeing that those already eligible for benefits had numerous ways to access food, that the benefit was sufficient for a household’s size, and that beneficiaries were...

Redistricting in Ohio: What has Happened and What is Next?

Kate Warren is currently on leave from The Center for Community Solutions. In late April, 2021, the U.S. Census Bureau delivered the results of the apportionment count from the 2020 Census: For the sixth decade in a row, Ohio will lose a congressional seat, taking our congressional delegation from 16 to 15 before next year’s congressional elections.[1] Meanwhile, the bureau...