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Re: “Residents Hopeful for Change at Norma Herr Women’s Shelter — But Not Too Hopeful

@Ryszard The Housing First Program became the HVAP program and the men never lost anything in regards to housing. The reason why you don't see too many homeless men getting any housing through the county is because one of the requirements to have housing is that you cannot be convicted of certain crimes which include sexual, drug related, domestic violence related, or arson related crimes. I was told about 5 years ago by shelter staff that there was about close to 200 sexual offenders in 2100 alone and that right there is a major disqualifies in seeking help from this program. It's not because they were never offered the Housing First Program of HVAP-because of their own actions, they were never eligible in the first place. That's not to say women can't be found guilty of that either-there were three registered sex offenders in Norma Herr when I was there. Another disqualifies for the program is if you have other serious criminal offenses such as arson, domestic violence, drug possession/trafficking, prostitution, etc. These are the people who can't get Transitional Housing, Housing First, or Section 8. There are however other halfway houses that accommodate these types of individuals.

Now with the time limit, the reason why that was proposed is because unfortunately-and there aren't a whole lot of them-there were a few that were inside the shelters for 5 plus years. There were about 4-5 of them that were in there close to 15 years for NO REASON. One particular one used to leave out the shelter every morning before 6am when shelter staff shown up that were in charge of the rapid rehousing program and refused to return until 9 or 10pm at night to avoid the discussion of getting housing. They were thinking about proposing the time limit because of people like this particular woman. There is nothing mentally wrong with the woman or anything, she just refuses to leave. Then there is another where she is an able bodied woman with no mental issues that I am aware of that did the same thing too where she stayed gone all day to avoid housing staff by going out and feeding stray cats all day and half the night. Usually the wait time for section 8 is 2-3 years here in Cuyahoga County and they should cap the stay period to about 3 years. There is NO REASON why someone should be purposely staying in the shelter that long when there is nothing prohibiting them from going to the county to do so. They can take folks down to the county and apply-Front Line does have a van that comes by and picks folks up to take them there. To combat this issue, and FrontLine should have jumped on this sooner, but they should have made it mandatory that anyone staying in there upon entering MUST fill out an application with CMHA upon entering the shelter. They also should have made it mandatory to for everyone staying there to speak with a housing specialist too while in there to expedite the process, but they didn't.

With Transitional Housing, the way people at the women's shelter were picked to go over there was ridiculous. The transitional housing that I eventually went too took the HVAP voucher but I had to fill out a CMHA application to get that much and go through the interview. They also had a program there that took folks waiting for section 8 to respond but had no income, so they got funds from other sources to cover their rent while they waited. I was never offered this other program while I waited for my section 8 to come through. They were giving this program to a lot of the women inside the shelter who honestly didn't deserve it at all. The women who got them were the ones who destroyed their apartments, continued to prostitute, steal, do drugs/alcohol, fight, etc., while at Transitional Housing and were evicted within a 3-5 month time frame and wound up back at the shelter. During my time in Transitional Housing, they lost at least 20 residents within a short time period.These idiots thought they could continue their 21 Jump Street behaviors they were engaging at the shelter at Transitional Housing, but they soon found out that they couldn't when they got the eviction notice. The people like me who worked part time, went to school, or done a combination of both and weren't into the riffraff oftentimes were never even offered Transitional Housing at all. It took them 2 and a half years before they offered me it and this is after about 30 women were booted in 3-5 months or less from Transitional Housing.

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Posted by DaBum2012 on 02/14/2017 at 2:54 PM

Re: “Transit Group Files Title VI Complaint, Alleges Closing Public Square is Discriminatory

Aren't the bus stops that are being used right next to where the ones that are being blocked off?

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Posted by Ben on 02/14/2017 at 2:05 PM

Re: “Transit Group Files Title VI Complaint, Alleges Closing Public Square is Discriminatory

Who throws away money like this??? For no damn reason!

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Posted by growler on 02/14/2017 at 1:38 PM

Re: “Transit Group Files Title VI Complaint, Alleges Closing Public Square is Discriminatory

Jackson's either an idiot or senile. Time for someone else!

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Posted by Elomi Trabodlor on 02/14/2017 at 1:37 PM

Re: “Transit Group Files Title VI Complaint, Alleges Closing Public Square is Discriminatory

Thanks for this Sam. It's an issue that needs to be in the public eye
and not be allowed to be avoided.

I think the Scene coverage has a lot to do with the theft of its downtown boxes.

Why is this so important, is the question to be asked and who is it so important to that the mayor uses a silly terrorist threat as a reason.

Who is he speaking for? Not his citizens.

Roldo Bartimole

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Posted by Roldo Bartimole on 02/14/2017 at 1:17 PM

Re: “Video: LeBron Featured in New Nike Ad, "Equality"

Kids, don't forget....you are valued consumers, too -- after viewing the advertisement....do your pop culture heroes proud and demand from the adults in your life that they buy you at least one pair of Nike shoes and other official Nike gear. Because at Nike, we make you proud of brand loyalty for this "Not Made in America, American Company"!

Posted by LakeErieSeaGulls on 02/14/2017 at 11:22 AM

Re: “KKK Leader Says Hate Group Is Looking to Expand in Ohio

There is no national Klan anymore, Mark. Hasn't been one since the 1950s. So you have these wide networks of decentralized groups. There are many Klan leaders, the one killed in Missouri was one of the more influential ones.

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Posted by ClemsonGuy on 02/13/2017 at 11:47 PM

Re: “Residents Hopeful for Change at Norma Herr Women’s Shelter — But Not Too Hopeful

What happened with the Housing First program? Why are we discussing the time limit for staying in the shelter? Transitional Housing for men lost HUD funding as the result of developing Housing First program. Shelters are overcrowded and underfunded. Where are the winners of this fight: Housing First against Transitional Housing?! The only way to decrease the numbers in the shelter is to get them into Housing First, not to put a time limit on their stay in the shelter. Where are they supposed to go after the time limit? This is what Housing First propaganda promised -- that we would not need transitional housing because of Housing First! How is it that those who said that the only solution to end homelessness is through Housing First are in charge of shelters which by definition are Transitional Housing?!

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Posted by Ryszard Romaniuk on 02/13/2017 at 9:13 PM

Re: “KKK Leader Says Hate Group Is Looking to Expand in Ohio

I thought they killed the leader last night

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Posted by Mark Potts on 02/13/2017 at 4:13 PM

Re: “Cleveland Orchestra to Host a Special Violins of Hope Encore Presentation and Concert

Why schedule this at noon??? This would make for excellent evening program.

Posted by Why Noon??? on 02/13/2017 at 3:40 PM

Re: “Downtown Cleveland Alliance Stole All the Missing Scene Boxes, Citing Safety Concerns

Amazing that both the wind and snow plows were able to bend the physical laws of the universe in order to direct all of that force between the PD boxes and Real Estate Times boxes to only knock over the Scene ones.

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Posted by Patrick Burke on 02/13/2017 at 11:48 AM

Re: “Downtown Cleveland Alliance Stole All the Missing Scene Boxes, Citing Safety Concerns

Props simply for the use of the term "higgledy -piggledy."

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Posted by missem on 02/13/2017 at 10:56 AM

Re: “Led Zeppelin 2

If a young or old Led Zeppelin fan can't catch a performance from Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience.....Led Zeppelin 2 - a group comprised of A-list Chicago musicians - is a must-see show.

Posted by LakeErieSeaGulls on 02/13/2017 at 10:33 AM

Re: “Darrell Scott's Cleveland Heights Church Backed Out of the Funeral for 14-Year-Old Alianna DeFreeze

Darryl & Belinda Scott should both be ashamed of themselves. A pastor? Really? Not once did they reach out to the family and offer their condolences and you deny them use of your facility? Then you require payment of them to lay their baby, their baby that was murdered to rest? Shame on you! Shame on you! If this man and his wife have been chosen as GODS messengers, we're in trouble.

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Posted by Ms.Tima2U on 02/13/2017 at 3:57 AM

Re: “10th Annual Downtown Cleveland Restaurant Week to Run Feb. 17-26

Wow you can't beat a $30 slab rib dinner or 1-meat BBQ plate. That's a restaurant week steal.

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Posted by BrianWilson on 02/12/2017 at 10:16 PM

Re: “Downtown Cleveland Alliance Stole All the Missing Scene Boxes, Citing Safety Concerns

HARRASMENT OF A CLEVELAND ACTIVIST BY DOWNTOWN CLEVELAND ALLIANCE STAFF

The news that the DCA (Downtown Cleveland Alliance) stole all the Cleveland Scene Boxes did not come as a surprise. Last summer, I was harassed by DCA staff.

As a Cleveland activist, I have been opposing the renovation of Public Square a bogus $53.5 million project, since August 2014. The square has been nicknamed the Jimmy Dimora Public Square because of corruption involved in the process. In March 2015 there was a 10-day long hunger strike to protest corruption in the project. So far there have been nearly 900 hours of demonstrations first with the LEAVE PUBLIC SQUARE ALONE signs and now with WELCOME JIMMY DIMORA PUBLIC SQUARE signs. The demonstrations continue unabated with the goal of educating the public about corruption in Cuyahoga County.

On the evening of August 19, 2016, I was threatened by a DCA staff member with police action for taking photographs in the renovated Public Square featuring the PechaKucha 2016 event. DCA was a partner in the renovation.

The PechaKucha event was free and open to the public and set up in the plaza area where the water feature is located. The water had been turned off to accommodate chairs for the event.

Wherever I go I take ample photographs for posts that I write on my Facebook groups, on my blog at REALNEO, and other sites.

I reached Public Square around 7:30 p.m. and started taking photographs.

Around 7:45 p.m. I was approached by a supervisor from DCA who told me that I was observed taking photographs of a private event and if I did not stop he would call the police.

I told the supervisor that the event was free and open to the public.

He wanted to know why I was taking photographs. I explained that I write for my Facebook groups and my blog (at REALNEO) and gave him a copy of my campaign flyer.

He kept on insisting that if I continued taking photographs he was going to call the police.

I asserted my rights and held my ground and told him that he was welcome to call the police and continued to take photographs.

As an activist, I am a follower of Jesus Christ, Mahatma Gandhi, and Dr. King and not intimidated by threats from corrupt establishments.

The supervisor took my photograph. Once I became aware that he had photographed me I posed for him with my Welcome Jimmy Dimora Public Square sign and he took another photograph.

I asked for his name, which he gave me. I photographed him as he walked away.

Next, I took my seat in the front row and continued taking my photographs.

About fifteen minutes later the supervisor came to my chair where I was sitting and thanked me and moved away. Not clear what I was thanked for.

No police officer showed up to question me.

The supervisor was polite during all the conversations.

I spoke with Michael Christoff who was in-charge of the PechaKucha 2016 event and confirmed that the event was free, open to the public, and there was no objection to taking photographs.

Some of the DCA staff have been hostile towards me ever since the renovated Public Square opened unofficially on June 24, 2016. There were three other prior incidents.

The first time -- one staff member kept on taunting me for naming my sign after Mr. Dimora who he said was in jail. I explained that Mr. Dimora was in jail for corruption and as the renovation of Public Square was mired in corruption what better way to name it than after Mr. Dimora. After a few trips to Public Square the taunts stopped.

The second time, another DCA staff member who saw me demonstrating (usually I carry my sign and sing accompanied with a tambourine even though I cannot carry a tune) wanted to know how long I planned to stay. I told him politely it was none of his business.

A third time a DCA staff member asked why I take so many photographs. I gave him the same explanation that I have listed before. I also gave him a copy of my campaign flyer.

I have observed that the DCA staff are very dedicated to the work they do.

I recognize a few of them.

I walk all over downtown. Some of the DCA staff are very polite and will say hello when they walk or drive by on their bicycles.

The current incident left a very bad taste.

I sent an e-mail on August 20, 2016 to Joe Marinucci, President and CEO of DCA and requested a response.

No response was received. However, Mr. Marinucci has been quoted in the
Plain Dealer article of September 11, 2016: Cleveland's Persistent Public Square Protester has No Plans to Stop by Michael K. McIntyre, as follows:

Marinucci said he agreed with Puri that a DCA ambassador was wrong last month when he threatened to call police if Puri kept taking pictures at a public event on the square. He said the organization has "made adjustments" so that it doesn't happen again.

References, posts on my blog at REALNEO:

CLEVELAND ACTIVIST ON YOUTUBE TALKING ABOUT HARRASMENT FROM DOWNTOWN CLEVELAND ALLIANCE STAFF, August 29, 2016

CLEVELAND ACTIVIST THREATENED WITH POLICE ACTION FOR TAKING PHOTOGRAPHS IN PUBLIC SQUARE, August 21, 2016

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Posted by Satinder P S Puri on 02/12/2017 at 8:16 PM

Re: “Cleveland's Favorite Fake Construction Worker is Apparently Back

I ran into this guy on chester and 9th downtown today. He asked for a ride to the gas station a few blocks north. Same story as everyone else... Construction crew is up the street and his truck brokedown. I didn't really believe the story since it is a Sunday but like to help out when I can.

I gave him a ride and he started to change his story asking to go to Strongsville. At this point I became uncomfortable and wasn't about to give him a ride to a second much further destination. I told him to get it and he tried to convince to take him further.

If he were honest I may have taken him where he was trying to go.

Posted by Calvin Strikes Again on 02/12/2017 at 6:35 PM

Re: “Downtown Cleveland Alliance Stole All the Missing Scene Boxes, Citing Safety Concerns

Nothing like little censorship! Jeez oh Pete, someone's scared

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Posted by Mary Kathleen Donovan Springowski on 02/12/2017 at 6:24 PM

Re: “Trevor Bauer Flipped Out on Twitter Again, Defending Donald Trump and Denying Humans' Role in Climate Change

Sorry...I'm not a gambling man, except for an occasional try at the video poker machines downtown. Got that urge out of my system when I was still a kid, playing cards and betting on the ponies.

Someone refresh my memory...is this the same bright Tribe dude who got busted for having weed mailed to his suburban house? Even Curt Schilling is probably not THAT dumb.

And it's ALL anti-social media now...

Chuckles the Clown

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Posted by Chuckles the Clown on 02/12/2017 at 5:54 PM

Re: “Downtown Cleveland Alliance Stole All the Missing Scene Boxes, Citing Safety Concerns

This appears to be a serious violation of the First Amendment Right to Free
Speech...what would have happened had the Plain Dealer boxes been taken?

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Posted by Joe Bialek 1 on 02/12/2017 at 3:54 PM

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