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SPECIAL FORUM Noon, Thursday February 21st, 2019
How Can Our Community Respond To The Scourge Of Addiction?


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This special forum will take place in the south corridor of the Cathedral, 318 E. Fourth St. The backdrop for this forum is the south corridor art exhibit of the work of photographer Eric Hatch. Entitled – Faces of Addiction – Make Compassion Possible.  Hatch has matched stories and faces of self-described addicts to make a powerful, thought provoking presentation. Mr. Hatch will be present to answer questions and lead a brief tour.

The perspective of speaker Tom Synan is unique. He is Newtown’s Chief of Police whose experiences have made him consider responses beyond incarceration. He helped form the Hamilton County Heroin Coalition and currently serves on the Coalition’s steering committee and as chairman of interdiction and reforms that are needed to turn things around. As usual, time will be set aside for questions and comments from the audience.



A Day Devoted To Community Organizing – A Seasongood Event
Saturday,  February 23rd 
9:00 to 4:00.
Renaissance Hotel in downtown Cincinnati
36 E 4th St MAP 

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Tuesday, February 26, 6-8 pm: “Who Wins, Who Loses? Finding Balance in Neighborhood Development.” Doors open at 6 pm; program begins at 6:30 pm. Community Shares, 315 West Court Street, Cincinnati, Ohio, 45202. (Second floor of Firehouse Museum.)

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Past Forums

Forum Focuses on Homelessness In 2019: An Update By Josh Spring, Executive Director Of The Greater Cincinnati Homeless Coalition.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

U.S. Census data and other local research supply evidence that poverty and homelessness have grown worse here in recent years. This trend occurs even while several local anti-poverty initiatives have been launched. According to a report released by LISC, Greater Cincinnati has an affordable housing gap of 40,000 units. Spring will portray the current situation for homeless families and individuals, while reviewing potential policies and reforms that are needed to turn things around. As usual, time will be set aside for questions and comments from the audience  VIDEO PART II

Forum Focuses on Issues Confronting Hamilton County And Cincinnati City Governments In 2019

Thursday, January 17, 2019

What are the important issues confronting City Council and the Hamilton County Commission in 2019 and beyond? At the first Community Issues Forum of 2019, Councilman David Mann and County Commissioner Denise Driehaus will address this question as well as assessing how they sees local government’s role in future developments and plans for the city and county. This luncheon presentation takes place at 12:00 noon, Thursday January 17th, Christ Church Cathedral Forum Room (Third Floor), 318 East Fourth Street.  VIDEO PART II

Forum Focuses on Growing Poverty In Cincinnati: “All-In Cincinnati,” A New Policy Agenda And Coalition To Address It

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Cincinnati experienced a 4.2 percent increase in poverty from 2007 to 2017. Recent Census numbers reveal that 10,000 residents fell below the poverty line during that decade. All-In_Cincinnati_Final Report represents a new coalition and policy agenda dedicated to addressing both poverty and inequity in this city. At the next Community Issues Forum, a representative of the All-In Cincinnati Core Team will review the recently released report of All-In Cincinnati, and provide an update of its policy agenda and the work of the local All-In Cincinnati coalition. (The Core Team represents thirteen local organizations, including the Urban League, LISC, Project AMOS, and the Women’s Fund of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation.) This luncheon Forum take place at 12:00 noon, Thursdays November 29th, Christ Church Cathedral  Forum Room (Third Floor), 318 East Fourth Street.  PART THREE VIDEO