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Cordray Listens to CUFA

Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray Listens to CUFA Members!

At the December 5th Membership Meeting, CUFA members had several questions and requests for Attorney General Richard Cordray and Congressman Steve Driehaus. Among them: Send a letter to Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner asking him to use the remaining TARP (Troubled Asset Relief Program) funds to […]

By |January 4th, 2010|CUFA|0 Comments

Showdown in Chicago

Showdown in Chicago!

On October 25th and 26th, CUFA and community organizations across the country stood up to big banks and said ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! Over 1,000 people attended the Showdown in Chicago to protest the American Bankers Association, Wells Fargo, Goldman Sachs, and the banking industry in general.

The American Bankers Association lobbies on behalf of […]

By |November 17th, 2009|CUFA|0 Comments

Remembering Mark Hooten

Mark Antonio Hooten

December 5,1992 – July 23, 2009

Mark Antonio Hooten was born on December 5th, 1992 in Cincinnati, Ohio to the proud parents of Yvette Hooten and Masai Torbert. Mark attended both the Gamble Elementary School, and Dater High School, where he played basketball 7th grade through 9th grade.

Mark was very involved in athletics throughout […]

By |September 3rd, 2009|CUFA|0 Comments

Youth Council Update

Youth Council Summer Update

The CUFA Youth Council has just finished another successful summer. Fifteen members of the Youth Council had summer jobs out of only 375 available through the City’s Summer Youth Employment Program! Thanks to the Youth Council’s work meeting with people like Community Action Agency (CAA) CEO Gwen Robinson, CAA made CUFA one […]

By |September 3rd, 2009|CUFA|0 Comments

Environmental Justice Ordinance Passes City Council

Cincinnati City Council Passes First Environmental Justice Ordinance

A Long Battle Leads To Success

Cincinnati City Council passed the Environmental Justice Ordinance on June 24th by a vote of 5 to 4.With that vote, Cincinnati became the first City in the Country to pass such an ordinance.Voting to pass the ordinance were Council members David Crowley, Laketa […]

By |September 3rd, 2009|CUFA|0 Comments

Federal Reserve Officials Hear Victims of Housing Crisis

Federal Reserve Officials Hear Victims of Housing Crisis

By Dave Scharfenberger, Herald Contributor

Mary Bridges came to the hearing with Federal Reserve Officials looking for answers.She is facing foreclosure and is asking for a plan to help her keep her home, where she has lived for 19 years.

“I think that my mortgage servicer can do better,” said […]

By |September 3rd, 2009|CUFA|0 Comments

Remembering Linda Briscoe



Linda Briscoe, a long time community activist, departed this life on Friday, August 14, 2009. She was a resident of Winton Terrace for over 35 years and had long worked to improve the quality of life for her community with her involvement in environmental justice, youth empowerment and entrepreneurship, the quality of public housing, and access to health care.


By |August 28th, 2009|CUFA|0 Comments

Chinese Officials Come to CUFA to Learn About Environmental Policies!

Chinese Officials Come to CUFA as Part of Federal Global Learning Program

On August 25th CUFA hosted four Chinese officials, and their translators, who are here in the United States as part of a State Department program on Environmental Policies. While in the United States, the Chinese officials will travel across the country to learn what […]

By |August 27th, 2009|CUFA|0 Comments

Our History With Public Housing

CUFA’s History of Public Housing Advocacy

CUFA has been organizing Public Housing residents around different issues for many years. Our environmental justice work started with Public Housing residents in Winton Terrace and Findlater Gardens who had to live across the street from landfills that were toxic and caused significant health issues. Those landfills are now closed! […]

By |July 16th, 2009|CUFA|0 Comments

EJO Passes!

The Environmental Justice Ordinance was passed by City Council with a vote of 5 in favor and 4 against!

Voting in favor were Crowley, Harris, Qualls, Thomas, and Cole.

Getting the Environmental Justice Ordinance passed has been a project of CUFA’s for the past 4 years. This ordinance will help protect Cincinnati communities already overburdened with pollution.

We […]

By |June 24th, 2009|CUFA|0 Comments

CUFA Hosts Councilmember Roxanne Qualls and Community Development Director Michael Cervay

CUFA Holds Meeting For Cincinnat Neighborhoods

On April 21st CUFA hosted Cincinnati Councilmember Roxanne Qualls and Director of Community Development Michael Cervay as part of our work around vacant and blighted housing.

This meeting provided smaller neighborhoods who were left out of the initial round of Neighborhood Stabilization Program funding a chance to address their elected officials […]

By |May 12th, 2009|CUFA|0 Comments

CUFA Hosts Congressman Steve Driehaus

Congressman Steve Driehaus Addresses CUFA Members and Answers Questions

Congressman Steve Driehaus, State Representative Denise Driehaus, Cincinnati HUD Field Office Director Jim Cunningham, and Chris Wagner from the Attorney General’s office were on hand Tuesday April 7th to answer questions about the new stimulus package and what they can do to help Cincinnati communities.

By |April 16th, 2009|CUFA|0 Comments

CUFA Exec Sworn In By Representative Mallory

State Representative Dale Mallory swears in the new CUFA Executive Committee

Left-Right: Representative Mallory, Linda Briscoe, Eileen Frechette, Roger Davis, Marica Battle, Charlene Dalton, and Mickel Harris

Not Pictured: Marvin Kraus, Mae Richardson, Mykasha Evans

Congratulations to the new CUFA Executive Board!

By |March 2nd, 2009|CUFA|0 Comments

Housing Forum

The Housing Forum on Vacant and Blighted Properties was held August 5th.

Out of this meeting, the Housing Forum team created goals to abate the problems of vacant and foreclosed properties.

More about the Forum’s goals here

Since the initial Housing Forum meeting, CUFA has moved forward with many of its objectives:

Public officials have made headways in making […]

By |December 3rd, 2008|CUFA|0 Comments

Predatory Lending

CUFA’s Housing Initiatives

Predatory Lending, Foreclosure, and Vacant Properties

Long before the current foreclosure crisis became headline news, CUFA has been working to address the problems associated with predatory lending, foreclosure, and vacant properties in our neighborhoods.

Vacant and Foreclosed Properties

CUFA understands that foreclosure is not only a personal tragedy, but it is also devastating to our communities. […]

By |November 22nd, 2008|CUFA|0 Comments