OACAA Briefing: The latest news from OACAA and Ohio's CAAs

April 2021
Caption: Scott and Christy Bien lost their jobs in pandemic layoffs and spent the next year going where short-term work took them. Learn more about how Cincinnati-Hamilton CAA helped stabilize their family again in Network News.
COVID-19 Vaccine: It's Our Turn
Covid-19 has impacted our activities, our communities, and nearly every aspect of our lives for just over one year. But today, we are beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel with a safe and effective tool now available: the vaccine.

For this to work, it will take everyone. This will take Community Action. >>> READ MORE
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Cincinnati-Hamilton CAA helps struggling couple keep their home
(Source: WCPO 9 Cincinnati, By: Courtney Francisco)

CINCINNATI- A Cincinnati couple desperate to avoid homelessness found a way out, and they want others to know how they did it.

Scott and Christy Bien lost their jobs in pandemic layoffs and spent the next year going where short-term work took them — restaurants and warehouses, mostly, walking to and from work. Scott renovated affordable homes for people struggling with homelessness, conscious of how close he and his wife were to losing everything, too. They didn't have a car. If they didn't have a place to live, they weren't sure about the next step.

“I said, ‘Christy, it's like karma,'" Scott said. "'If I keep doing right, something's got to come out right at the end of all this.'" >>> WATCH NOW
Evictions resume in Lorain County, backlog stopped due to aid
(Source: The Chronicle-Telegram, By: Laina Yost)

People were in industries impacted by COVID-19 and they’ve lost their jobs or had hours cut. In some cases, Boehnlein [Lorain County Community Action Agency] said applicants have their jobs back, but are four to five months behind in rent. She said they’re helping them pay the back rent, so they can move forward and avoid eviction.

The moratorium, and the subsequent funding to help people pay rent, helped prevent a crisis of homelessness, Boehnlein said. Not just in Lorain, but across the entire country.

ILCAO gets grant for Recovery Ecosystem Expansion Initiative
(Source: Ironton Tribune, By: Mark Shaffer)

The Ironton-Lawrence County Area Community Action has gotten a grant to help the recovered get back into the workforce. The Appalachian Regional Commission has given the CAO a $500,000 grant for the Recovery Ecosystem Expansion (REE) Initiative.

“What we are hoping to do with this assistance is the continued case management of recovering individuals, with all the medical and empowering services needed, and to be able to match them up and place them with employers, and to work with them until we know they are fully transitioned with those employers,” said Ralph Kline, the assistant executive director of the Ironton-Lawrence CAO. >>> READ MORE

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