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May 17, 2021

Mixed results for health and human service levies across the state

Seven of the nine countywide levies supporting health and human services on the ballot in the May 4 election passed. According to unofficial election results from County Boards of Election, most passed with wide margins during primary and special elections. The only two that failed were additional levies seeking new funding. Results are listed below....

May 3, 2021

Don’t leave money on the table: File your taxes in 2021!

In 2021 it is particularly important that everyone complete a federal income tax return. This is especially true for workers who have seen their income drop, or who earn very little. The IRS is the main vehicle to distribute federal stimulus and economic recovery payments. And the America Recovery Plan Act (ARP) made changes to...

April 19, 2021

Handful of health and social services levies on May ballot

Some voters scattered in communities across Ohio will have the opportunity to approve additional investments in services for children, seniors, and people with developmental disabilities in special or primary elections on May 4. There are county-wide levy requests supporting health and human services on the ballot in seven Ohio counties, listed below. Children’s Services Allen...

April 5, 2021

Racial equity and social services safety net top concerns: Results of the 2021 Community Solutions survey

For the first time, “eliminating racist policies and practices and promoting racial equity” was identified as the most important issue confronting the State of Ohio, according to our 2021 survey. Respondents came from across Ohio and included nonprofit executives, elected officials, business people, professors, students, and foundation program officers. More than 330 people responded to...

March 29, 2021

Benefit cliff webinar questions and answers

The questions below were submitted by participants during “The Benefit Cliff” webinar presented by The Center for Community Solutions on February 19, 2021. Each of the questions below were submitted by attendees during the presentation.   Q: Have you compared your trend lines to where families would be with none of these programs?  Doing so...

March 8, 2021

The COVID recession: A tale of two recoveries

What do the letters W, U, V, Z and L have in common? They are all ways to describe the shape of an economic recovery based on trends of the gross domestic product (GDP). A recession is usually defined by two quarters in a row of negative GDP growth. A new letter has been introduced...

January 25, 2021

Five takeaways: Ending the HIV epidemic requires changes both large and small

Scientific advances in recent years makes an end to the HIV epidemic a real possibility. As 2020 ended, three communities from Ohio completed plans to do just that. The goal of the plans is aggressive: reduce new HIV infections by at least 90 percent by 2030. Cuyahoga, Franklin (Central Ohio) and Hamilton counties were identified...