Advocacy News from LMM
The Looming Eviction Crisis
On December 31st, the federal eviction moratorium expires, putting as many as 500,000 Ohio households at risk of eviction. It is critical that Congress pass legislation that extends the federal eviction moratorium, provides rental assistance to help both tenants and landlords, and increases funding for homeless services. Watch this story from CBS on the Looming Eviction Crisis, and then contact your Members of Congress and urge them to pass a COVID-relief bill.
LMM Testifies Before City Council
On Monday, LMM’s Vice President of Housing and Shelter, Michael Sering, testified during Cleveland City Council's Health and Human Services Committee hearing on the region’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the cold-weather plan LMM is supporting for those who are unsheltered. Watch the conversation here.
Seeking Stories of Housing Discrimination
LMM is seeking stories from individuals who were denied housing because they planned to pay rent using a non-cash source of income (i.e. Rapid Re-housing, Housing Choice Voucher, EDEN vouchers, SSI, VA benefits, etc.) If you, or someone you know, has been denied housing because of this, please email LMM’s Director of Advocacy, Margie Glick. This will help to support an advocacy effort aimed at ending this kind of discrimination which disproportionately impacts Black/African American and Latino tenants.
Vaccines Don't Save Lives, Vaccination Programs Do
It is quite a feat of human ingenuity that researchers were able to develop a vaccine for COVID-19 with a high rate of efficacy in under a years' time. This is wonderful news but for the vaccines to be truly effective, people must be willing to get vaccinated. According to local health officials and elected officials many members of Cleveland’s Black/African American, Latino and Islamic communities may be hesitant to get a vaccine due to a history of systematic medical racism, which has resulted in the mistrust of the medical system. The Washington Post opinion: The health-care system has failed Black Americans. No wonder many are hesitant about a vaccine.
Justice for Casey Goodson
Last week, in Columbus, Ohio, there was another murder of a black man, Casey Goodson, at the hands of the police. LMM condemns the use of excessive force by the police towards people of color, and urges a full investigation into Mr. Goodson's killing. Sign this petition to demand justice for Casey.
Congresswoman Fudge Named Secretary of HUD
On Wednesday, Cleveland’s own Congresswoman Marcia Fudge (OH-11) was selected by President-elect Joe Biden to lead the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Congresswoman Fudge has proven to be a strong advocate for policies related to food insecurity, racial justice and health in Northeast Ohio. We look forward to working with Congresswoman Fudge in her new role to increase access to safe and affordable housing and to ensure that homelessness is rare, brief and non-recurring.  
End Fees for GPS Monitoring Devices
Sign on to the ACLU Ohio’s petition to eliminate the weekly fees individuals released pre-trial from the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas must pay to wear a GPS monitoring device. At $56 weekly, these fees add up quickly, and can lead to someone who is ultimately found innocent to owing a debt they are unable to pay. Learn more and sign the petition here.