Insight from Xavier University Student Intern

Read insights on community organizing from Genevieve Hager, a CUFA summer intern from Xavier University.

Viewing and doing the impossible.

My grandfather once told my mother, “if it’s impossible, it will just take a little longer to accomplish.”

I hold this quote close to my heart not only because it was my grandfather who said it, but also […]

By |October 21st, 2013|CUFA|0 Comments

Showdown in Ohio! CUFA tells Chase Bank to Fix Their Mess

On May 16, over thirty members of Communities United for Action traveled to Columbus to tell JPMorgan Chase shareholders, board members, and CEO that working families would no longer pay for the financial crisis created by Chase and other big banks. CUFA joined National People’s Action and other community groups and unions to build a […]

By |June 7th, 2011|CUFA|0 Comments

Health Department Does Study on Health Disparity

Study Shows Which Areas Have Highest Mortality Rates
Preventable Illness Among Leading Causes Of Death
A new report gives some perspective to the quality of life in various parts of Cincinnati.

Areas such as Price Hill and Avondale have higher mortality rates than areas such as Mount Adams and Hyde Park, according to the study conducted by the […]

By |March 31st, 2011|CUFA|0 Comments

Mourning the Loss of Frankie Ferguson

Frankie Ferguson, a long time activist and CUFA member, passed away on Saturday, March 26, 2011.  Frankie devoted her life to her community and was a fierce advocate for tenant’s rights, environmental justice, and youth. Frankie was a fixture in the community of Millvale, where she had been the President of the Tenant Council for […]

By |March 31st, 2011|CUFA|0 Comments

National People’s Action

March 5th through the 7th, community leaders from Communities United For Action attended the National People’s Action leadership conference in Washington D.C. CUFA leaders took action on issues involving financial reform, immigration, and foreclosure.

Pictures are available here.

Check out their website to learn more about People’s Action’s campaign to hold banks accountable!

By |March 16th, 2011|CUFA|0 Comments

Remembering David Crowley

On January 16, 2011 former Vice Mayor David Crowley passed away.  Vice Mayor Crowley was a dedicated public servant and a great friend to low-income and marginilized communities in Cincinnati.

Vice Mayor Crowley was the greatest proponent of the Environmental Justice Ordinance and without his help, it would have never been discussed at City Council, least […]

By |February 4th, 2011|CUFA|0 Comments

Slovak Republic Officials Visit CUFA

CUFA Hosts International Officials

Officials from the Slovak Republic came to CUFA on March 16th to hear from CUFA leaders about their grassroots environmental work. The officials were part of a US State Department Global Ambassador Program.

By |March 17th, 2010|CUFA|0 Comments

CMHA Board Member Arnold Barnett Resigns

CMHA Board Member Arnold Barnett resigned his position on the board on Thursday, August 19th.  Barnett’s resignation was part of an agreement between HUD and CMHA. Barnett was the central figure in the complaints against CMHA and HUD’s investigation. With Barnett off the board HUD will close their current investigation.  Read the story from the […]

By |August 25th, 2010|CUFA|0 Comments

CUFA Receives EPA Environmental Justice Grant!

CUFA has received an Environmental Justice grant from the US EPA to do community education and engagement around the issue of air quality!

The project will involve educating neighborhood leaders on air quality issues and the adverse health effects associated with air pollution. Community leaders will also work with eighth grade classes — educating them about […]

By |July 16th, 2010|CUFA|0 Comments

CUFA Executive Director Testifies at Public Hearing on CRA

CUFA Executive Director Marilyn Evans testified on July 15, 2010 at the FDIC (Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation) hearings on the Community Reinvestment Act, or CRA.

From the FDIC’s Website — “The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (FRB), the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), and […]

By |August 25th, 2010|CUFA|0 Comments

CMHA Commissioner Resigns in Protest

Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority Commissioner John Rosenberg resigned on Monday saying the Board of Commissioners has become a “fundamentally dysfunctional body.” Mr. Rosenberg outlined several of his concerns  in a letter to City Manager Milton Dohoney.

CUFA’s Subsidized Housing Committee, made up of public and subsidized housing residents, is disappointed to see Mr. Rosenberg go – […]

By |June 23rd, 2010|CUFA|0 Comments

CUFA Youth Summer Program Has Officially Begun!

CUFA Youth Summer Program Will Run June-August

The CUFA Youth Council’s summer youth employment leadership program is officially under way. As a partner site to the Community Action Agency, CUFA is able to employ 13 youth ages 14-17 for the summer.  This summer the youth will be kept busy with beautification projects around their neighborhood, leadership […]

By |June 23rd, 2010|CUFA|0 Comments

Showdown on K Street

Leaders from Communities United For Action traveled to Washington D.C. to take part in the Showdown on K Street May 15-17th. Thousands of community leaders from across the country met in D.C. to expose big bank lobbyists who are taking over our democracy.

Read more about it at

Check out some videos from the actions on […]

By |May 26th, 2010|CUFA|0 Comments

Duke Energy

Duke Energy is partnering with CUFA on a program that gives you up to 12 FREE energy efficient light bulbs and other energy saving tips.

11% of your electric bill is spent on lighting and compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs) save you money on your electric costs.

Contact Duke for more information on how to get your free […]

By |March 17th, 2010|CUFA|0 Comments

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