When a researcher puts on her walking shoes: Reflections on our new Ward Fact Sheets by a former candidate

For the past seven years, one of my responsibilities here at Community Solutions has been compiling data fact sheets for different geographies – counties, cities, legislative districts, neighborhoods, and wards. I’ve produced thousands of these fact sheets over the years, but in 2021, I got to have a different perspective. I took a temporary leave from CCS to run for...

Cuyahoga County Finalizes 2022-2023 Biennial Budget

The 2022-2023 Cuyahoga County budget, totaling $1.5 billion, represents the last proposed budget for the Armond Budish administration. Budish recently announced that he will not be running for re-election in 2022. In this county budget review, we will examine the 2022-2023 Cuyahoga County budget, as well as some of the amendments performed by Cuyahoga County Council, and offer a glimpse...

Kate Warren appointed Director of Greater Cleveland ARP Council

In September 2021, we announced that Community Solutions was launching the Greater Cleveland American Rescue Plan Council (GCARPC), a local effort to track and influence federal relief funding flowing into Cleveland and Ohio and to help lead coordinated community effort to address the inequities laid bare by the pandemic.  Kate Warren will be its Director and first hire. “Kate’s deep knowledge of the pressing issues facing...

Four New Members Appointed to Center for Community Solutions Board of Directors

At their final meeting of 2021, the Center for Community Solutions Board of Directors voted to appoint four new members to the board. They are Margie Glick, Bridget Harrison, Douglas Lumpkin and Michael G. Riley. Board President, David Miller, Ph.D., commented “we are so pleased to welcome such a distinguished group of leaders to our board of directors; they each...

Vaccination efforts in Ohio have saved Medicaid millions

  Benjamin Franklin once said “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” The original goal of this commonplace idiom was to encourage Philadelphians to remain vigilant about fire awareness and prevention. Coal, the common source of heating in homes during the time, was often carried “live” from room to room, up and down stairs. Of course, during...

Community Solutions Consulting: 2021 in review

From as far away as California to as nearby as the office across the street, more than a dozen organizations sought assistance from The Center for Community Solutions in 2021. Our experts conduct research, perform analysis, produce content, and provide advice. The pace and breadth of people reaching out for help has only increased during the pandemic, as the health...

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 in Greater Cleveland. COOP is...

Taneisha Fair Appointed Research Associate 

I am pleased to announce that The Center for Community Solutions is appointing Taneisha Fair to the role of Research Associate, effective January 1, 2022.   Taneisha works in Community Solution’s Cleveland, Ohio office and collaborates with the organization’s consulting clients. She is a skilled facilitator and has collaborated with government agencies, community organizers, and nonprofit service providers. Her current work also includes a focus on issues of...

New Data Shows Ohio Children at Lowest Poverty Rate in 20 Years

The most reliable and comprehensive estimates show a large drop in child poverty in 2020, while poverty rates for working age adults and older adults remained largely unchanged. The new poverty information was released by the US Census Bureau as the 2020 American Community Survey 1-Year Experimental Data. Better news on child poverty in Ohio in 2020 In 2020, just...