Category: Blog

September 22, 2020

Council on Older Persons engaging in social issues amidst COVID-19

The Council on Older Persons (COOP), an advisory committee of The Center for Community Solutions, held a regular meeting on September 9th. The group, which aims to address the problems and concerns of older adults in Greater Cleveland, discussed a number of topics including state legislation, Cuyahoga County’s upcoming budget and a previous conversation with...

September 21, 2020

Last year, income increased and poverty decreased, but what about 2020?

On September 15, the U.S. Census Bureau released its 2019 reports on income, poverty and health insurance coverage in the nation. Following are some highlights of these reports, which were compiled from the Census’ Current Population Survey Annual Social and Economic Supplements (CPS ASEC). The health insurance report also draws from the Census’ American Community...

September 21, 2020

Cleveland is now the poorest big city in the country

Cleveland had the highest poverty rate among large U.S. cities in 2019, overtaking Detroit, according to data released by the U.S. Census bureau last week. Although Cleveland’s overall poverty rate fell from 33.1 percent to 30.8 percent, Detroit’s rate fell faster and is now just barely below Cleveland’s at 30.6 percent. These estimates are close...

September 18, 2020

Schools have 24-hours to notify parents and guardians of positive COVID cases. 11,224 cases of COVID, 492 deaths in Cuyahoga County

Cuyahoga County held a briefing on September 4, updating residents and the media about the number and rate of COVID-19 cases in the county.   Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish began the briefing by addressing the killing of police detective James Skernivitz, an undercover officer who served the city for 28 years, sharing his condolences...

September 15, 2020

Ohio approved for second round of Pandemic-EBT benefits for 490,000 school children

When schools suddenly closed in March in response to COVID-19, the Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) program filled a critical gap in the food budgets of struggling families in Ohio. As I wrote in May, Congress created P-EBT to provide groceries to families whose children were missing out on free or reduced-price school meals. Ohio’s Departments of...