A message from CUFA re: COVID-19/Coronavirus

With the spread of novel coronavirus and the associated disease, COVID-19, Communities United For Action wants to make sure we are keeping you and our staff safe. We are taking precautionary measures that will impact how we meet and move our work forward:

-- Our building will be closed to visitors until further notice;
-- In-person meetings will be cancelled;
-- Some of our planned meetings will still take place over the phone or online (check your email for updates); and
-- Mary & Alison will be in the office, so feel free to call us with questions at 853-3947.

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CUFA wants you to be safe and vote!

See this important message from the Ohio Voter Rights Coalition.

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CUFA wins! Bad 24-hour rule on it's way out.

Cincinnati, Ohio - "Today is a great day for Sewer Justice. Ending the 24-hour rule is a solid first step toward improving the Sewer Backup Response Program. Thousands of people live in fear of the rain, and few are getting the help they need. We look forward to working with Mayor Cranley, the Cincinnati City Council and Hamilton County Commissioners to continue to implement CUFA's recommendations to get our sewers fixed effectively, in a way everyone can afford," said Florence Miller, Communities United For Action (CUFA) member and sewer backup victim.

 

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CUFA kicks off 2020 with Congress, board elections

Cincinnati, Ohio - Saturday, January 18, Communities United For Action (CUFA) set our direction for 2020 and beyond at our Community Congress.  Issues for the upcoming year include Sewer Justice, Affordable Utilities, and Fair Housing. 

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CUFA sings "Sewer Carols" at MSD Budget Hearing

Cincinnati, Ohio - On Tuesday, Communities United For Action (CUFA) carolers echoed through the lobby of the Hamilton County Commissioners office, bringing holiday cheer and calling attention to residents still struggling to deal with sewer backups and overflows. 

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CUFA Turns to Environmental Protection Agency for Sewer Fixes

Community Group Calls for Increased Regulator Oversight of the Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD)

Cincinnati, Ohio – Frustrated by fighting over the Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD) between the City of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, Communities United For Action (CUFA) turned to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) for help with sewer issues.

CUFA Board Member Erica Johnson opened the November 9 meeting, “We’ve convened this public forum because our neighborhoods are being left behind in the plans to fix the sewers. We are more than a billion dollars into this project and not only are people struggling financially, they are struggling with damage to their homes and lives.” CUFA highlighted sewer issues in Bond Hill, Muddy Creek, Covedale, and the Ludlow Run Watershed area of Northside.

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Commissioners agree to move forward on CUFA's Sewer Justice priorities

EVENDALE, Ohio - Yesterday, Communities United For Action (CUFA) members asked the Board of Hamilton County Commissioners to move forward on key points of our "People's Sewer Justice Platform." The Commissioners vowed to take action on: 

  • Expansion of the Customer Assistance Program to help more people afford sewer bills; 
  • Restructuring sewer rates to be fair for everyone; and
  • Ending the requirement to report sewer backups within 24 hours to be eligible for damage compensation. 

 

Residents from Springlawn Avenue in Northside attended the meeting to ask for a resolution to sewage overflows in their backyards. 

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There's a new sewer bill assistance program for seniors!

CINCINNATI - Starting today, seniors may qualify for a 25% discount on the sewer portion of their bill. This is a huge CUFA victory, a milestone marking our first Customer Assistance Program in Hamilton County. We are celebrating August 12 from 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM!

 

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EPA enforces Cincinnati's sewer Consent Decree

CINCINNATI - After years of delayed sewer fixes caused by infighting between the City of Cincinnati and Hamilton County over the Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) ordered the City and County to move forward with plans they agreed to a decade ago.

 

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Media Statement: Commissioners Must Not Delay Assistance Programs

MEDIA STATEMENT

DATE:  April 23, 2018

Statement of Wanda Ball, on behalf of Communities United For Action (CUFA)

 

Cincinnati, Ohio - In response to the Hamilton County Commissioners passage of the proposed senior Customer Assistance Program for sewer bills Tuesday, Communities United For Action member Wanda Ball said:

 

“Communities United For Action and the public provided recommendations for improving the senior Customer Assistance Program at the February 19, 2019 public hearing. Two months later, they finally passed a program making only one improvement- raising the discount from 20% to 25%. Commissioners vowed to expand the program, and it is our hope that expanded programs won’t be delayed like this one. People need help with sewer bills now.” 

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