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Council on Older Persons perseveres on policy change during pandemic

When elected officials and civic organizations need a place to turn for feedback and ideas, when advocates look to a place to exchange events and collaboration opportunities, they turn to The Council on Older Persons (COOP). COOP has been in existence for over 70 years and continues to be a leading voice for older adults...

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HHSA Committee Extends Guardianship Contract with Lutheran Metropolitan Ministries

On November 17, 2021 Cuyahoga County Council’s Health, Human Services, and Aging committee met to hear one contract, a contract extension for Lutheran Metropolitan Ministries (LMM) for adult guardianship services. Guardianship is a part-legal/part-social relationship and guardians serve as concerned, caring advocates and surrogate decision-makers. The contract, a one-year extension from December 31, 2021, to...

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Cuyahoga County HHSA Committee Approves Contract to support county senior centers

The Cuyahoga County Health, Human Services, and Aging committee met on October 20, 2021 to discuss a funding increase for the Community Senior Services Program (CSSP). The CSSP program contract, which ends on December 31, 2021, helps to provide funding support for senior centers across the county. The contract amendment would add up to $600,000...

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HHSA Committee hears medical examination contract and two homeless services contracts

The Cuyahoga County Council Health, Human Services, and Aging committee met on October 6, 2021 to discuss a number of contracts, one for medical screening for children admitted to foster care, another for transitional housing for homeless individuals, and finally a contract for homeless men to receive support for substance use disorders. MetroHealth contract increased...

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HHSA Approves Contracts on SNAP Work Requirements and Homeless Services

The Cuyahoga County Health Human Services, and Aging Committee met on September 22, 2021, to hear about two contracts and one presentation. The first contract was the extension of a master contract for the county’s SNAP to Skills program, a program designed to satisfy the federal work requirements for recipients of Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program...

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Cuyahoga County Council HHSA Committee Approves Three Contracts Before Recess

The Cuyahoga County Health, Human Services, and Aging Committee met on July 28, 2021, to discuss three contracts, one related to emergency services, another for workforce development and the last for permanent housing for the homeless. The first contract presented was a new master contract for emergency assistance services for families. The first contract presented...

Community engagement on American Rescue Plan Act dollars vary widely across the county
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Community engagement on American Rescue Plan Act dollars vary widely across the county

When the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) was passed, the federal government recognized that the $1.9 trillion plan offered a unique opportunity to greatly impact the future of the United States economy. Specifically, the $350 billion in one-time funding, which was earmarked for cities, counties and states across the country, offers a once-in-a-generation opportunity to...

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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...

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Ohio and Juneteenth

This week marks the Juneteenth holiday. In honor of this important day in American history, several Community Solutions staff members have written about the history of Juneteenth, and every day this week we will share posts about the holiday, the lasting impact of slavery and what structural racism means for Black Americans to this day. Read...

ARPA federal funding approved uses
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Federal aid through the American Rescue Plan Act begins to take shape

Throughout the past year, The Center for Community Solutions has written about the Coronavirus, Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which was passed in March 2020 to aid the national response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), passed in March 2021, was meant to be a supportive catalyst for America’s...