Category: Blog

October 14, 2019

Cuyahoga County executive releases new budget recommendations

Cuyahoga County executive Armond Budish released his third county budget last week, the 2020-2021 biennium budget. The proposed budget totals more than $1.75 billion[1] in total expenditures. With questions swirling about the future of the Justice Center, fallout from the jail conditions, questions surrounding an aging population, as well as increased demand in services for...

October 14, 2019

Ohio families and advocates praise Governor’s MSY funding announcement

As an advocate for children, youth and families for more than 52 years, I am grateful that Ohio’s Governor, House and Senate listened to parents and young people and have taken action to end the awful practice of forced custody relinquishment of multi-system youth. The term ‘multi-system youth’ refers to children and teenagers with complex...

October 7, 2019

Racial Disparities in Infant Mortality Focus of ‘Toxic: A Black Woman’s Story’

Last week, First Year Cleveland through their Pregnancy And Infant Loss Initiative (PAIL), debuted a short film that tells the story of infant loss from a black women’s perspective. As the film website explains, the film invites the viewer to “Follow Nina in this day-in-the-life drama, and see the world through the eyes of a...

October 7, 2019

Ohio’s single-mom households more likely to live in poverty than single dads, what does this mean for kids?

Being a single parent is hard. Without another adult in the family, responsibilities for caregiving, earning and household management fall on a single set of shoulders. There are more than 377,000 families with children in Ohio that are classified as “female householder, no husband present,” the Census Bureau’s designation for a single mother (or grandmother...

September 30, 2019

Populations in more Ohio counties flip, now have more older adults than children

The recent release of the 2018 one-year estimates of the American Community Survey is a special day for population data nerds. As we anxiously await for data.census.gov to update the tables with fresh data, we speculate on which communities have grown, shrunk or stayed the same. Here at Community Solutions, we have been keeping an...

September 30, 2019

Who was uninsured in Cuyahoga County in 2018?

In 2018, more than 70,000 Cuyahoga County residents did not have health insurance coverage, making up 5.7 percent of the population. These results come from just-released data from the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey (ACS). The county’s uninsured rate was significantly lower than Ohio’s rate (6.5 percent) and the rate in the United States (8.9...

September 30, 2019

Cleveland ranks 1-2-3 in poverty

Among the largest U.S. cities, Cleveland is worst in child poverty, second for working-age adults and third in older-adult poverty, according to data released by the U.S. Census Bureau last week. Cleveland and Detroit are the only two cities that are in the bottom 10 for all three age groups. Cleveland is worst in child...

September 26, 2019

HHSA Committee approves contracts, senior needs increase and children in county custody skyrockets

The Health, Human Services and Aging (HHSA) committee met on September 18. It was the first committee meeting in two months. The meeting featured several contracts for consideration, as well as two presentations. There is currently a list of approximately 75 seniors waiting for services. The first contract for discussion was an amendment to the...

September 23, 2019

We’re hiring! For a research assistant/contract manager

Over the past several years, The Center for Community Solutions has built a substantial consulting portfolio working with nonprofits, government agencies and philanthropic funders across Northeast Ohio and beyond. This aspect of our work has grown to the point where we need additional support. Community Solutions seeks a dynamic, detail-oriented individual to serve in a...