Week of June 7: Big events coming! Save these dates!

CUFA has a few important events coming up that we want to be sure you don't miss. Check them out in this week's Activist Toolkit!

RSVP for these important upcoming events:

  1. This Thursday, June 10, from 6:30-8PM, we're having a follow-up discussion on what CUFA will do to to ensure Ohio draws fair state and congressional district maps this year. If you missed "What Does Redistricting Have to Do With Me?" last week, watch here. Then RSVP to join us this Thursday, June 10 to discuss what CUFA's next steps are to ensure fair districts are drawn for us. 

  2. Next Thursday, we're launching the Fair Sewer Rates Coalition Thursday, June 17 at 4:00 PM and we need you to be there! We've got several groups on board making demands for immediate sewer rate changes to make rates fair and affordable for everyone, and we're announcing it publicly next Thursday ahead of the Hamilton County Commissioners meeting. Find out more about the June 17 Fair Sewer Rates Coalition Launch Rally and RSVP here. And don't forget to wear your CUFA shirt when you come!

  3. Thursday, July 8, Brink Brewing is hosting a CUFA Happy Hour from 5-8 PM to benefit our work. RVSP to join CUFA at Brink Brewing in College Hill July 8 here.

What's Happening This Week

The Ohio Legislature has introduced bills to expand sewer assistance programs!

Under Ohio law, the Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD) can only do sewer bill assistance programs for low-income seniors. CUFA has worked with Senator Cecil Thomas, and Representatives Catherine Ingram and Bill Seitz to get legislation introduced to expand allowable customer assistance to:

  • all seniors,
  • low- and moderate-income persons, and
  • people experiencing temporary hardships.

The legislation would allow MSD to expand assistance programs to help more people in Hamilton County struggling to afford the sewer portion of the water/sewer bill. This week, there will be bill sponsor hearings. Tell your legislators to pass it immediately!

Contact your state legislators today, and tell them to pass this bill immediately. You can email, tweet at or call them using this action page!


Other Important Information

Current COVID-hardship Assistance available through Job & Family Services & Community Action Agency

Here is the current CARES link for HCJFS: Apply for CARES Act Rent and Utility Assistance Program - Hamilton County Job & Family Services (hcjfs.org)

Here is the current CAA link for the CAA Home Relief Program: https://www.cincy-caa.org/what-we-do/supportive-services/caa-home-relief.html

Watch the June 3 "What Does Redistricting Have to Do With Me?"

In case you missed it, watch the Redistricting discussion here. CUFA hosted Common Cause Ohio Executive Director Catherine Turcer and Fair Districts Ohio Speakers' Bureau member Christine Carli of the League of Women Voters of the Cincinnati Area to discuss this year's redistricting process.

Watch the May 6 Sewer Backup Program 101

In case you missed it, watch the Sewer Backup Program 101 here. CUFA's Sewer Justice Team hosted Legal Aid attorney Matt Fitzsimmons to summarize qualifications, outline MSD's legal responsibility, and cover some tips for getting the help you need from the MSD backup programs when the sewers fail.

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