Weekly News from LMM

Election Reflection: County Executive Race

Cuyahoga County Executive-elect Chris Ronayne visits LMM sites in August

Congratulations County Executive-Elect Chris Ronayne on your successful election! LMM is grateful for the time you spent visiting LMM in late August, and for your participation in two county executive forums in LMM's North Church in October. We look forward to working with you in your new role. 

Learn more about where County Executive-Elect Ronayne stands on issues important to LMM here

Issue 1 Passes

LMM was disheartened to see that Issue 1 passed easily on Tuesday. LMM opposed this ballot initiative which will expand how and when cash bail is used by judges in Ohio. 

Cash bail is problematic as it leads to individuals being incarcerated prior to being proven guilty in the court of law. This can create far-reaching consequences including the loss of housing, employment, or even child custody. Further, the negative effects of cash bail disproportionately impact people who are low-income and people of color as these same communities are over-represented in the criminal justice system. LMM will closely monitor the implementation of this change. 

Election Day Outreach Efforts

LMM's Community Engagement Coordinator Gloria Craig spent part of Election Day supporting the Ohio Election Day Polling Place Vote Tripling Program as part of LMM's continued partnership with Cleveland VOTES.

This program aims to increase voter turnout by having volunteers thank voters for voting and then asking them to remind at least three people they know to vote. LMM is proud to have been awarded a grant from Cleveland VOTES earlier this year to plan activities for staff and program participants on different ways to get civically engaged.

Resiliency Lives Here

Each and every one of the individuals involved with LMM, whether it be individuals we serve, staff, board, volunteers, or supporters, show resiliency in the work that they do and the lives that they live. Recently, LMM staff and individuals we serve have been sitting down with volunteer visual storyteller, Michele Lenni, to reflect on their experiences with LMM.

Give LMM a follow on social media to stay up to date on testimonials from staff and individuals we serve. Look out for the hashtags #WeAreLMM, #InTheirOwnWords, and #ResiliencyLives here:

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Justice Housing Plan Community Forum

In Cuyahoga County, over 20,000 individuals return to the community from prisons and jails each year. Many of those individuals do not have access to safe, stable, affordable housing options.

Enterprise Community Partners is leading a steering committee of subject matter experts through a housing plan development for Cuyahoga County's justice-involved individuals that is in line with best practices and innovative housing models. On November 17, this steering committee will be hosting a forum at LMM (4515 Superior Ave, Cleveland, OH 44103) at 5:15 PM to create a space where the community can provide feedback on Enterprise's housing development plan for Cuyahoga County's justice-involved individuals.

Click the button below to learn more and register:


National Homelessness Awareness Month

LMM Breaking New Ground homes, aimed at addressing family homelessness

The Men's Shelter at 2100 Lakeside, operated by LMM, serves up to 365 men on any given night throughout the year, offering individuals a bed, meals, and support services to get them into housing. LMM's Breaking New Ground initiative offers safe, renovated, affordable housing in the St. Clair-Superior neighborhood aimed at supporting families exiting homelessness.

November is National Homelessness Awareness Month and it is important that we can identify and address the root causes of housing instability in order to advocate with and for individuals experiencing homelessness. Click here to learn more about LMM's Housing & Shelter program and the work that the agency is doing to address homelessness and housing instability.