Events for December 2022

Advocacy update September 27, 2022

Advocacy update September 27, 2022 150 150 Episcopalians in Connection
Cincinnati’s median rent surge the worst of top 50 metros

Greater Cincinnati’s rents have increased 25.8% since August 2021, with median rent hitting $1,682 this August. Cincinnati has one of the highest proportion of renters (62%) in the nation. Households in the Cincinnati market need to earn $61,000 a year to be able to pay no more than 30% of their income to cover that median rent. Median income in Cincinnati is just over $42,000. Read more about the local factors driving these trends in Randy Tucker’s Sept. 21 article in the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Innovative Columbus housing project for trafficking victims secures funding

Harriet’s Hope

The Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority has secured $15.6 million to build an affordable housing community for survivors of human trafficking. (Read more) Named Harriet’s Hope in honor of Harriet Tubman, this first program of its kind in Ohio will include on-site trauma-informed case management and addiction recovery. Ohio ranked fifth of all states for human trafficking in 2020.

New Bethany House Family Shelter open house Sept. 30

WVXU published an overview of how Greater Cincinnati family shelters are evolving post pandemic, including Found House IHN, which many Cincinnati Episcopal congregations have served as hosts over the past 30 years. Bethany House will now be able to host 43 families, each with their own room, through the opening of the brand-new campus at 4769 Reading Road in Bond Hill. An open house of the new facility will be held Sept. 30 from 3 to 7 p.m. This replaces three scattered facilities that could only accommodate a maximum of 38 families. The building’s ventilation systems will also help reduce transmission of airborne infections. Meanwhile, Found House Interfaith Housing Network is still searching for solutions to the enormous pandemic disruptions in its services. The number of host congregations dropped from 25 to 10. Hamilton County has earmarked $5 million in federal stimulus money to prevent homelessness.

Fall election schedule and Innovation Ohio Voter Guide

October 11 is the deadline to register to vote in the Nov. 8 election, which includes races for three members of the Ohio Redistricting Commission (Governor, Secretary of State, and Auditor), one US Senate seat, Congress, and three members of the Ohio Supreme Court. Early voting begins in Ohio on Oct. 12. Innovation Ohio has published an interactive online Ohio Voter Guide which lists experience, endorsements, and views of candidates on your ballot. Type in your address to find the candidates on your ballot. The profile on each includes the candidate’s positions on abortion, guns, policing, wages, climate, healthcare, and voting protections. Once you’ve decided who you support, you can use the guide to share your candidates’ profiles on your social media.

Ohio’s rising trend of deaths of despair

The death rate of working age Ohioans has increased 51% over the past 15 years, including death by gunshot and drug overdose. Data come from the Ohio Department of Health. Read this comprehensive reporting by Jake Zuckerman in the Ohio Capitol Journal, noting the many new laws loosening gun safety policy in Ohio. He also interviews health policy officials, university researchers, and the Health Policy Institute of Ohio.

Advocacy briefings are compiled by Ariel Miller, a longtime community advocate and member of Ascension & Holy Trinity, Wyoming. Connect with her at arielmillerwriter@gmail.com