Alison Kromer published Watch: CUFA Town Hall: Navigating Housing & Utility Assistance in CUFA News 2021-03-05 11:43:46 -0500
Cincinnati, Ohio - Thursday, March 4, Communities United For Action hosted speakers from local utilities and agencies to talk about available assistance programs and how to apply. Watch here:Read more
Alison Kromer published Week of March 1: Town Hall on Navigating Assistance Programs in Activist Tool-kits 2021-03-01 14:49:55 -0500
If you or someone you know are having trouble navigating available assistance programs, CUFA is doing a virtual Town Hall this Thursday with several speakers who will talk about what's available and how to apply. Help us spread the word about the Town Hall this week!Read more
Alison Kromer published Week of Feb. 15: Housing team meeting & take action for Fair Sewer Rates! in Activist Tool-kits 2021-02-16 11:44:13 -0500
As if the ongoing pandemic isn't bad enough, Cincinnati continues to face an affordable housing crisis. Many residents are still struggling to afford utilities as well. This week, join our Housing Action Team (on Tuesday, Feb. 16) and take action for Fair Sewer Rates.Read more
Alison Kromer published CUFA Victory! Sewer project to get Muddy Creek Rd. residents out of unsafe homes in CUFA News 2021-01-27 10:09:03 -0500
Cincinnati, Ohio - WCPO's Mariel Carbone reports, "The Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati has been awarded a grant to demolish 35 flood-prone properties near Muddy Creek in Green Township and Cincinnati."
"The homes in question have been prone to flooding and sewer backup issues for years, and homeowners have volunteered to sell their properties to MSD, a decision that's come as a relief for some.
"'It'll be great...Not be worrying, yeah,' said Robert Buckner, a homeowner in Green Township participating in the program."
Alison Kromer published Week of January 25: CUFA Congress, Fair Sewer Rates & Ohio Redistricting in Activist Tool-kits 2021-01-25 16:06:45 -0500
It's time for the CUFA Congress! Find out more about this Saturday's virtual event, our efforts to build more power to win fair sewer rates, and tell us what you think about Ohio's upcoming redistricting and more in this week's Activist Toolkit.Read more
Alison Kromer published How important is Ohio's upcoming redistricting to you? 2021-01-22 18:01:57 -0500
Do you want fair representation in our government? It's time for redistricting! In recent years, Ohio voters have approved two ballot issues to change the way we draw the lines for state and congressional districts. This year will be the first time the lines are redrawn for Ohio districts, following the completion of the 2020 Census. Will you take 2 minutes to let us know how you feel about the upcoming redistricting?Take the survey
Alison Kromer published Week of Jan. 18: Happy MLK Day! Take Action for fair housing and affordable utilities in Activist Tool-kits 2021-01-15 17:00:59 -0500
"We are not satisfied and will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like water and righteousness like a mighty stream," Martin Luther King, Jr. asserted in his famous "I Have A Dream" speech at the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in August, 1963. Find out more about the MLK Day commemorative events in this week's Activist Toolkit. And know that we, too, will never be satisfied until everyone has a stable home, affordable utilities, and clean air & water.Read more
Alison Kromer published Week of Jan 11: Stop utility shutoffs, join the Environmental Justice Symposium in Activist Tool-kits 2021-01-11 12:44:28 -0500
We know a lot of the Coronavirus relief aid has expired. While we are waiting for the next batch of funding and unemployment, we cannot let up the pressure on Governor DeWine to stop utility shutoffs - especially gas and electric. Take action today to contact him, and join our Energy Affordability Action Team Tuesday to talk about what we'll do next to pressure the Governor. This week, CUFA is also participating in a panel discussion as part of the Environmental Justice Symoposium hosted by GBBN Architects.Read more
Alison Kromer published Week of Jan. 4: What does meaningful taxpayer and ratepayer engagement look like to you? in Activist Tool-kits 2021-01-05 16:25:48 -0500
Last week, the Cincinnati Enquirer published CUFA's Opinion Editorial calling for local government to require meaningful taxpayer and ratepayer public engagement when they are deciding how to use public resources. Join our campaign by writing your own letter to the editor.Read more
Alison Kromer published CUFA Opinion: "Smart government engages taxpayers to solve issues" in CUFA News 2021-01-04 13:30:27 -0500
Cincinnati, Ohio - Today, Communities United For Action's editorial on requiring public engagement with our communities was published in the Cincinnati Enquirer.
CUFA Board President Clark Beck says, "Cincinnati and Hamilton County leaders must require public engagement on all major infrastructure and development projects using public resources or tax incentives. Residents are the best experts on the issues facing their neighborhoods. Public officials and government agencies benefit from our expertise, and early, meaningful public engagement saves valuable public resources.
Smart government engages taxpayers to develop solutions to our concerns."
Alison Kromer published Work begins to replace sewage-spewing Upper Muddy Creek pipe in CUFA News 2021-01-04 11:58:13 -0500
Cincinnati, Ohio - Today, work will begin along Muddy Creek between Devils Backbone and Sidney roads to replace a large section of the Upper Muddy Creek Interceptor, a pipeline that conveys untreated sewage to the Metropolitan Sewer District's (MSD) Muddy Creek Wastewater Treatment facility.Read more
Cincinnati, Ohio - Hamilton County Commissioners approved a $222,787,843 Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD) 2021 Operating Budget today by unanimous vote. Commissioners also unanimously approved an MSD Capital Improvement Program for 2021-2025 totaling $123,355,800. The County held hearings on MSD's proposed budget on December 3 and 10, but did not share the final budget up for a vote with the public until the public meeting began today. CUFA is awaiting documents from the County detailing what changes were made to MSD's original proposal.
The highlight: for the sixth consecutive year, there will be no new sewer rate increases.Read more
Alison Kromer published Task force inching toward sewer rate changes in CUFA News 2020-12-16 16:19:18 -0500
Cincinnati, Ohio - Communities United For Action and its allies are appointed to a Impervious Surface Fee (ISF) Stakeholder Working Group initiated by the Hamilton County Commissioners in 2019 to make recommendations on sewer rate restructuring. Hamilton County appointed two working groups: one with governmental agencies, and one with "stakeholders," ranging from community groups to parking lot owners. On December 10, the "stakeholder" group met to discuss the framework under which changes to sewer rates and stormwater management services may be made.Read more
Alison Kromer published CUFA to Delivers Letters For Gov. DeWine, Calls for Reinstatement of Utility Shut-Off Moratorium in CUFA News 2020-12-16 15:11:59 -0500
Cincinnati, Ohio - Yesterday, Communities United For Action delivered 147 letters and a petition for Gov. DeWine to end utility shutoffs to the Hamilton County Board of Health. Health Commissioner Greg Kesterman committed to getting our letters to the Governor.Read more
Alison Kromer published Week of Dec. 14: Letter delivery to stop utility shutoffs + Housing Action Team meet in Activist Tool-kits 2020-12-14 15:55:56 -0500
This Tuesday, we are delivering all your #NoShutoffs letters to Gov. DeWine to the Hamilton County Health Commissioner! Join us (from a distance, with a mask) and help amplify the action on social media by making a post using the tag @GovMikeDeWine. We hope you will join us for our Housing Action Team meeting and the VOTE on MSD's 2021 budget too.Read more
Alison Kromer published Week of Dec. 7: #NoShutoffs action & MSD Budget in Activist Tool-kits 2020-12-07 12:47:37 -0500
Last chance: this week, get your #NoShutoffs letters and social media posts in to CUFA for delivery to Gov. DeWine. All we want for the holidays is a moratorium on utility shutoffs! Join our Sewer Justice Team this week at the Sewer Budget Hearing Thursday, and mark your calendars for the Dec. 15 Caroling & Letter Delivery next week to stop utility shutoffs.Read more
Alison Kromer published Week of Nov. 30: Take Action to stop utility shutoffs & to get more COVID relief in Activist Tool-kits 2020-11-30 15:45:37 -0500
This week, we're asking you and your kids to take action to stop utility shutoffs and to push for more COVID relief. We know that families are still struggling to keep up, and we know that Gov. DeWine CAN HELP. We should not be shutting off utilities while asking people to stay home, and to do schooling remotely. Take action this week, and we will deliver your comments and letters to Gov. DeWine this December.Read more
Alison Kromer published Week of Nov. 23: Let's win #NoShutoffs for the holidays! in Activist Tool-kits 2020-11-23 13:57:17 -0500
In the beginning of the pandemic, Governor DeWine issued a statewide moratorium on utility shutoffs. Then, he quietly allowed it to expire in May. Let's make sure he has to face the people his decisions are impacting by writing letters and using our social media. Tell Gov. DeWine we want #NoShutoffs until the pandemic is over.Read more
Alison Kromer published Watch: CUFA Pop-Ed Series | Homes Guarantee in CUFA News 2020-11-18 11:20:13 -0500
America is experiencing a public health crisis. COVID-19 affects and will affect poor and working class community members the most. Rather than prioritizing public money on corporate bailouts, we can stand united with frontline communities to ensure our collective well-being through this crisis and rewrite the rules to build a healthier and stronger country for generations to come.
This crisis illuminates the need for a robust public sector that can guarantee housing as a right: a Homes Guarantee. Watch CUFA and People's Action discuss the national Homes Guarantee campaign and how it impacts our local work on Housing issues.Read more