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Housing Affordability has remained stable in Cuyahoga County

The Center for Community Solutions worked with United Way of Greater Cleveland in 2023 to develop a community needs assessment. The project examined the conditions in Cuyahoga County related to Economic Mobility, Housing Stability and Health Pathways. The full report and executive summary provide analysis of data, pre-existing community assessments and 211 data trends. Mixed...

Cleveland Leadership Conference: A familiar face in a new chair
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Cleveland Leadership Conference: A familiar face in a new chair

The Center for Community Solutions is a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank engaged in improving health, social, and economic conditions. Our applied research and policy analysis are what set us apart. We identify, analyze, and explain data and issues related to health and social services, and propose nonpartisan solutions to improve the lives of Ohioans. We...

Poverty Speaks: Making Tough Choices 2023
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Poverty Speaks: Making Tough Choices 2023

By Taneisha Fair, Associate, Racial Equity Alex Dorman, Research Fellow A 2023 Community Solutions survey invited residents in Cuyahoga County with household incomes below $35,000—just below the Federal Poverty Level for a family of five—to share their experiences on managing their financial resources. Individuals living on a low income must make tough choices when trying...

“Fast Car” and the poverty ties that bind us
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“Fast Car” and the poverty ties that bind us

The first time I heard a white man cover Tracy Chapman’s Fast Car, it wasn’t Luke Combs. It was last summer at a shopping center upscale enough to have a concert green and covered stage. My reaction was involuntary: “that man has absolutely no business singing that song.”   Turned out the performance at the mall...

Status of Women: More Ohio women with children working but also more likely to live in poverty
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Status of Women: More Ohio women with children working but also more likely to live in poverty

Access to economic resources is a critical component of stability, health, wellness, and agency. Historically, the distribution of economic resources is tied to distribution of power. This legacy of inequality is one of the reasons it is important to continue to monitor and report on the economic status of women. The 2023 Status of Women...

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Ohio public policy developments we’re grateful for

By: Staff, Public Policy We are excited to share our inaugural blog post on what we are thankful for…the policy edition. We often share updates on health and human services policies, but they aren’t always positive. With this blog, we focused on a few of (but not all) the policy developments that help move Ohio...

Climate change’s impact on food security and maternal health
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Climate change’s impact on food security and maternal health

Social and other external factors have been linked to 25-60 percent of deaths in the United States in any given year. It is of utmost importance to study the “causes of the causes” of death and to examine maternal mortality holistically and to examine the impacts that the social and physical environment has on maternal...