Molly Martin, development and communications with the Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless spoke with America’s Work Force on Jan. 21 about their cold weather month community plans.
Martin first explained what NEOCH is all about and how they organize and empower homeless and at-risk men, women and children through public education, advocacy and the creation of nurturing environments. He then talked about the United Church of Christ and the need to get the building up to code or they will no longer be permitted to provide shelter for the homeless, putting them back on the streets in harsh conditions. Until the church is up to code, someone will have to serve as a fire watch who will monitor the area and help the residents in case of emergency. Martin also talked about other plans within the community to help homeless people find shelter during the cold, winter months.
Darrell Johnson, legislative director for the Ohio Federation of Teachers spoke about the voucher expansion plan in Ohio school districts. He explained how the vouchers are hurting poor families and making it more difficult for their children to attend schools. Johnson also discussed delegate elections in Ohio.
AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about prevailing wage laws in the state of Ohio and how they can be the difference in taking up a project and not finishing a project.
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