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Community Issues  Forum  April 22 , 2021 Noon via zoom  City Charter Amendment proposal to fund the Affordable Housing Trust Housing

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The April 22 Community Issues Forum City Charter will focus on Issue 3, the Amendment proposal to fund the Affordable Housing Trust Fund.-View on facebook-


About the Midwest Regional Sustainability Summit

This year, the summit will be held virtually, Wednesday – Friday, May 12-14, 2021.The Midwest Regional Sustainability Summit is the Greater Cincinnati region’s premier sustainability conference! The Summit brings together businesses, government representatives, experts, non-profits, and ordinary citizens committed to building a more environmentally sustainable and economically vibrant region.

Past Forums

Forum (Virtual) Focuses on Affordable Housing Issues
Thursday, April 8, 2021 Noon

This Community Issues Forum launches a two part series on Cincinnati’s affordable housing crisis. Part One on Thursday, April 8th focuses on the housing need, while Part Two on Thursday, April 22nd features the City Charter Amendment proposal to fund the Affordable Housing Trust Fund.

Numerous studies currently document the affordable housing need in terms of numbers. Part One of this series provides a more personal perspective to this crisis. Stacey Burge, Executive Director of the Interfaith Hospitality Network of Greater Cincinnati, will talk about the effects of housing insecurity on families, and Mary Burke Rivers, Executive Director of Over-the-Rhine Community Housing, will discuss all the problems affordable housing developers confront such as scarce funding

Forum (Virtual) Focuses on the Mayoral Candidates in the May 4 Primary
Thursday, March 25, 2021 Noon

Cincinnati will elect a new Mayor in November. However, stage one of this process is the May 4th Mayoral Primary. The next Zoom Community Issues Forum will feature the mayoral candidates running in this Primary to be the two finalists who will face the voters this fall.

They include Raffel Prophett, Herman Najoli, Gavi Begtrup, Cecil Thomas, Aftab Pureval, and David Mann.

Forum (Virtual) Focuses on An Two Proposed Charter Amendments On The May 4th Primary Ballot
Thursday, March 11, 2021 Noon

What reforms need to be put in place after the recent indictments for bribery of three City Council members? At the next Community Issues Forum, two proposed City Charter Amendments will be reviewed by  Council member Betsy Sunderman .
The two proposed Amendments focus on actions to be taken once a Councilmember is charged with a crime. One deals with the process of suspending or removing a member of Council, while the second calls for the naming of a Special Prosecutor to handle such cases. That prompts the question, do these proposals go far enough? Since the scandals all involved bribes linked to development projects, several reforms are being recommended that relate to political contributions and developers seeking City approval and support. As usual, questions and comments will be taken from Forum attendees.

Forum (Virtual) Focuses on An Effective  Neighborhood Response to the Hardships of the Pandemic.
Thursday, February 25, 2021 Noon

Combined with already existing economic and social inequities, the COVID-19 pandemic created crisis situations for many neighborhoods in Cincinnati. At the next Zoom Community Issues Forum, a panel will focus on how the Peaslee Neighborhood Center, the Cincinnati Interfaith Workers Center and other partners came together to mount an effective neighborhood response to this crisis. Megan Hague, Magda Orlander, Sergio Mata, Manuel Perez, and  Paul Breidenbach  were presenters.

Forum (Virtual) Focuses on A Path To Economic Freedom – The Rev. Damon Lynch III Reveals How Community Building Can Bring Success to African-American Neighborhoods 
Thursday, February 11, 2021 Noon

Poverty continues to grow in Cincinnati, and African-American residents comprise a large percentage of its poor. At the next Community Issues Forum, the Rev. Damon Lynch III, Pastor of New Prospect Baptist Church, offers “a path to economic freedom” for the city’s African-American neighborhoods.

” Becoming Joshua” is a just published collection of Rev. Lynch’s writings. Subtitled “a path to economic freedom,” the booklet emphasizes how community building can lead to economic and social success for African-American neighborhoods. At the Forum, Lynch will discuss how community building and organizing can bring sustained progress in eliminating poverty. As usual, questions and comments will be invited from Forum participants.


Forum (Virtual) Focuses on the Issues Confronting Cincinnati City Council and the Hamilton County Commissioners in 2021 and beyond!
Thursday, January 28, 2021 Noon

What are the issues confronting Cincinnati City Council and the Hamilton County Commissioners in 2021 and beyond! At the next Zoom Community Issues Forum, Commission President Denise Driehaus and Council member and former Mayor David Mann will review the problems and policy questions that must be dealt with in the coming months. This discussion takes place at noon on Thursday January 28th. ces-135718633124442

Forum (Virtual) Focuses on The Critical Need For Political And Government Reforms At The State Level And In Cincinnati 
Thursday, January 14, 2021 Noon

As 2021 begins, a critical,need to pursue political reforms exists at both the state and local levels. The First Energy/Larry Householder scandal that hangs over the Ohio General Assembly and the recent bribery cases involving three Cincinnati City Council members stand as two primary reasons for immediate reform efforts. At the next Community issues Forum, Catherine Turcer, Executive Director of Common Cause Ohio, and Jerry Newfarmer, former Cincinnati City Manager and President of Management Partners, will review reforms that they think would improve the current situation.