Weekly News from LMM

The Second Annual People's Reentry Assembly

Join LMM & community partners for the People's Reentry Assembly on Saturday, April 15!

This year’s program will focus on the power of storytelling as a tool to change perceptions & policy and is open to individuals impacted by the criminal legal system.


Beyond Ban the Box: Why It’s Time to Re-Think Hiring

Charles R. See Forum on Reentry 2023

Tickets are now available for the third annual Charles R. See Forum on Reentry! Don’t miss this year’s conversation with Andre Ward, Associate Vice President of the David Rothenberg Center for Public Policy at The Fortune Society. The Friday, April 28, 2023 lunchtime forum will highlight the importance of lessening institutional and legal barriers to employment for returning citizens and how such changes can create stronger and more equitable communities.  

Want to learn more about The Fortune Society? Read this article in the New York Times written by a currently incarcerated individual about the housing barriers facing returning citizens and some of the solutions provided by the Fortune Society: How Do People Released from Prison Find Housing?


Solar-Powered Housing Offers Pilot Solution to Homelessness

Housing is a human right, but what happens when the safe, affordable housing stock is limited for individuals experiencing housing instability in Cleveland?

LMM is working with funding partners including Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, the Cuyahoga County Department of Housing & Community Development, Cleveland Lumber, and The Thatcher Family Fund to build innovative solutions to end homelessness through the development of solar-powered homes. Click the button below to view the press release for the Solar Homes project and click here to view coverage of the initiative from Freshwater Cleveland.


Youth Drop-In Center Editorial

"The youth drop-in center should be built. Considering that its opponents’ reasons for their opposition can be fairly characterized as speculative, I don’t think those reasons should be determined to outweigh the clear need for a center of this kind in the city, the support it has in the local community, and the plan proposed by LMM to address opponents’ safety concerns."

Click the link below to read more from Eric Foster's NIMBYists should not succeed in squashing Ohio City youth drop-in center editorial for cleveland.com.


Thank You for Celebrating Women's History Month with LMM!

Want to close out Women’s History Month with LMM? Here are some ways to get involved:

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Save the Date: Homeless Stand Down

Business Volunteers Unlimited is hosting this year’s Homeless Stand Down on Saturday, April 22 from 10AM-2PM at the Cleveland Public Auditorium (500 Lakeside Ave E). To learn more about the event, click here. If you have questions, you can contact Rob Zaremsky at rzaremsky@bvuvolunteers.org.

Maximize Tax Refunds with the Cuyahoga EITC Coalition

Do you want to maximize your tax credits and keep your full tax refund? If so, the Cuyahoga EITC Coalition can help! Individuals and families earning less than $60,000 a year, qualify for free tax preparation services. There is no catch. You can file for free and keep your full refund. 

The Cuyahoga EITC Coalition is part of the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. Since 2005, we have been helping hardworking families and individuals in Cuyahoga County make use of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). The EITC is a tax credit that may give you money back at tax time or lower the federal taxes you owe. The main requirement is that you must earn money from a job.

Tax sites are available throughout Cuyahoga County for easy accessibility. Translation services are also available in Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, Cantonese, Arabic, and American Sign Language. To learn more or schedule an appointment, visit Refundohio.org