|As LMM transitions into the next phase following the COVID-19 pandemic, we continue to work to ensure that homelessness be brief, rare, and non-reoccurring. We need your help to make this happen:
1. Know a landlord? Encourage property owners to accept housing vouchers. This will help reduce the amount of time it takes for residents to find stable housing. Visit EDEN or CMHA to learn more about the voucher process.
2. End Source of Income Discrimination: Right now it is legal to deny someone housing because they plan to pay with a non-cash source of income like a voucher. This makes finding housing for individuals leaving homelessness incredibly difficult. Add your name to a letter that asks Cleveland City Council to ban “source of income” discrimination.
3. Make it Fair: Many individuals experiencing homelessness face barriers to finding long-term housing because of their criminal background and/or credit scores. Advocates are working to reduce these barriers. Sign up here to join us in advocating for fair chances.
4. Limit Evictions: Did you know that you can face eviction for being one day late on rent? Get involved in local efforts to provide Pay To Stay protections to renters. With Pay to Stay, a landlord may not proceed with the eviction for nonpayment of rent if that tenant presents the full rent due plus late fees by the time of the eviction hearing.
5. Engage Civically: It is essential that the next Mayor of Cleveland understand the challenges faced by those who are experiencing homelessness and come into office with a clear housing plan. Join us virtually on August 11 at 5:30 PM for a Mayoral Forum on Housing and Homelessness. This forum will give those who are experiencing homelessness and those who provide direct services a voice in the political process. Sign up here to watch the virtual forum!
Thank you for your support! Please email Margie Glick for more information and sign up for LMM’s Advocacy Newsletter!