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LMM's Workforce Development Program Director, Malika Kidd, alongside retired staff Charles See, community partners & ideastream's Michael McIntyre on the 'Sound of Ideas'

Earlier this week the Reentry Housing Committee released their study, 'A Never-Ending Sentence,' which highlights the impact of criminal conviction in project-based Section 8 housing tenant selection plans in Cuyahoga County. Local media outlets have picked up on this topic and are looking to LMM's Workforce Development Director, Malika Kidd, to speak to her lived experience of obtaining housing and employment post-incarceration. Check out the report coverage here:

'A Never-Ending Sentence':  http://bit.ly/2txfR24

ideastream's 'Sound of Idea's broadcast:  http://bit.ly/2NQSMy2 (Interview begins at 20:25 min into the broadcast)
LMM Staff participates in U.S. Census 'Lunch & Learn'

LMM Staff at U.S. Census 'Lunch & Learn'

LMM staff gathered on Wednesday of this week for a 'Lunch & Learn' to better understand the importance of the U.S. Census, which formally begins on April 1st. Speakers from Cleveland Votes and the U.S. Census Bureau educated LMM staff on potential strategies for making sure 'hard to count' populations are counted, as well as the impact of an under-count. An under-count has the potential to greatly impact many of the individuals in the scope of who LMM serves through negative impacts on food stamps, Medicaid, Section 8 housing vouchers and money for schooling. Learn more about the U.S. Census here:

U.S. Census Bureau website:  https://www.census.gov/

MLK Day Volunteer Groups 

Thank you to everyone who took the time on MLK Day to volunteer with LMM. Check out these photos from the Arconic Foundation and  Gilmour Academy's Boys Basketball team volunteering at the Men's Shelter at 2100 Lakeside! LMM engages around 3,500 volunteers per year. Learn more about how to volunteer with us  here.

Arconic Foundation volunteers (photo credit to Arconic Foundation)

Gilmour Academy volunteer with Men's Shelter residents (photo credit to The Family Meeting)

"Everybody can be great because everybody can serve." - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
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