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On June 17th, 2020 Ohio City Incorporated’s Board of Trustees passed a resolution declaring racism as a Public Health Crisis, and committed to take action at the Board and staff levels to further anti-racist values and goals within our organization and the neighborhood. Over the past four months our board and staff have been working to establish a series of policies that incorporate racial equity and inclusion (REI) into every aspect of our work. Connecting with diverse populations in ways that are relevant and sustainable will define how we build relationships, support resident-led projects, operate internally, and engage with Neighborhood stakeholders.

This agenda focuses on policies and action items that supports three primary goals:
  • ·        To install a culture of REI decision making at the board and staff levels;
  • ·        To diversify the membership of Ohio City Incorporated and the Ohio City Incorporated Board of Trustees;
  • ·        To increase transparency within Ohio City Incorporated and our community process. 

To further these goals, we are committing to the following immediate actions: 
1.   Continue providing equity training each year for staff and board members, as well as creating a fund to support and encourage resident and business leaders within our community to take racial equity and inclusion training.
2.   Creating racial impact statements that define all of our work at the staff, board, and board committee levels.
3.   Recognizing Juneteenth, Indigenous Peoples Day, and Election Day as paid holidays.
4.   Displaying our budget on our website, as well as a list of companies and organizations that Ohio City Incorporated contracts with and note whether those businesses are woman or minority owned.

We are currently reviewing many other potential policy and action items and look forward to sharing a comprehensive agenda with you soon. In the meantime, you can support this work by purchasing a limited edition Black Lives Matter Ohio City flag which you can either keep or have donated to a low to moderate income neighborhood resident. We look forward to continuing on this journey with all of you.

Recognizing a growing need for dedicated support for homeless individuals in Ohio City, Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless (NEOCH) and Ohio City Improvement Corporation (OCIC), Ohio City’s Special Improvement District, are excited to announce a shared Neighborhood Outreach Worker position. Resumes and Cover letters will be accepted until 5:00 pm on November 5th, 2020, and should be sent to See the job listing here. 

Ohio City Incorporated believes that education is a bedrock of economic opportunity and plays a significant role in a range of quality life measures. Schools are integral to the physical, economic, and social development in our neighborhood.  Since 2011, Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) is one of the fastest improving school districts in Ohio: increasing access to high quality preschool, ensuring continual improvement on reading and math scores, and raising its graduation rate to over 80%. To continue these improvements, CMSD needs our support of Issue 68.
Issue 68 is a 20-mill school levy ($200 per $100,000 of the assessed property value) up for vote on the November 2020 ballot.  The school levy will provide necessary funding to continue improvements to education by investing in academic and extracurricular programming, providing enhanced counseling, distributing technology to students to shrink the digital divide, and training teachers to better serve students both in-person and online.  If not passed, CMSD will lose $66 million per year from its budget (~12%), which would have major ramifications for educational quality and could impact continued operation of schools in neighborhoods across the city. 
If you would like to show your support for Issue 68, we have 50 yard signs available for individuals.  Please contact Lisa Raber at
You can view the entirety of the OCI board resolution here.


Halloween is a special tradition for many neighbors in Ohio City.  For those planning on handing out candy or Trick or Treating this Halloween, we ask you to be safe and follow CDC, State of Ohio, and City of Cleveland recommendations listed below. 

If you plan to give out candy this Halloween, we also ask you to fill out our Google Map survey, so families Trick or Treating can have an idea where candy will be.   

To encourage safe and socially distant Halloween for all, OCI is also hosting a few different Halloween contest. We will be awarding prizes for best-decorated home, best carved pumpkin (adult and child division), and most unique costume (homemade, group themed, or pet).  Interested participants can visit our Facebook page and submit their photo on our Halloween post in the comments.   Pictures with the most likes by November 1, 2020 will be our winners.  If you do not have Facebook, but would like to be a part of one of the contest, please email with your submission. 

 Let's join together to help keep each other safe this Halloween!
For those handing out candy:

  • Refrain from having children select their own treats from a bowl/common container or set up a hand-sanitizing station.
  • Consider lining up individually wrapped goodie bags on porch steps, a table in the driveway, or the edge of the driveway or yard with a sign asking children to take only one.
  • If you are preparing goodie bags, wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds before and after preparing the bags.

For Trick or Treaters:

  •  Limit the number of houses you visit and ask your children to stay as far from treat-givers as possible.
  • For small children, consider holding the bag for them.
  •  Wipe off candy wrappers with sanitizing wipes when you arrive home. (NOTE: Never wipe unpackaged food with wipes.)
  • Allow children to eat only factory-wrapped treats. Avoid homemade treats made by strangers.
  •  If your child is at greater risk of complications from COVID-19, contact your doctor before allowing participation in Halloween activities.

For all:

  • Do not use a costume mask (such as for Halloween) as a substitute for a cloth mask unless it is made of two or more layers of breathable fabric that covers your mouth and nose and doesn’t leave gaps around your face.
  • Do not wear a costume mask over a cloth mask because it can be dangerous if the costume mask makes it hard to breathe. Instead, consider using a Halloween-themed cloth mask.
  •  Stay 6 feet away from people who are not from your household, whether trick-or-treating, or passing out treats.

Do you want to learn more about climate change and the Green New Deal? Well, here's your chance! Join the Sunrise Movement, Community of St. Peter, and Ohio City Inc in a panel discussion on Tuesday, October 20 at 6:30pm.We will also be raffling the book Winning the Green New Deal by Varshini Prakash and Guido Girgenti to 5 participants! Register now!

Join the SoLo block club for a series of FREE Zumba classes to bring neighbors together for a safe, healthy and FUN outdoor activity. Classes will take place at St. Ignatius's Kyle Field at 7:00pm on the following dates:

Tuesday, October 20th

Register Here!

Classes will be taught by Delores Gray of Brickhouse Wellness. Participation will be limited to the first 20 people who register in order to maintain safe physical distance. Classes are open to ALL neighbors regardless of race, gender or age. Anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Participants should wear athletic shoes and be prepared for moderate physical activity. Bring your own water bottle, and please arrive 10 minutes early so we can start on time. All classes will be held outside, so dress accordingly!


Let's meet over coffee (virtually, of course)!Over the next few months, Ohio City Inc is looking to connect with 100 residents and community stakeholders who want to share their story. In an effort to learn more about the people who make up Ohio City, we need to hear from you.

These brief yet informative conversations will better inform us on how to connect residents to each other and to resources by recording and sharing your perspectives on this community. You, of course, have the option to share your story with us and the community anonymously or openly.

If you are willing to meet with Chad or Whitnye for 30 minutes, or know someone we should meet with, over a cup of coffee (or tea... or the beverage of your choice), please message, call, or email us.

We look forward to meeting you!Chad - cbiggers@ohiocity.org440-207-0568
Whitnye - wlongjones@ohiocity.org216-250-1919

Western Reserve Land Conservancy is partnering with Bank of America and the Arbor Day Foundation to offer 100 FREE TREES to Cleveland residents through the Cleveland Community Canopy program! Residents can receive a tree to plant in their yard at no cost by registering at
Trees and educational materials will be distributed on October 10th at Miles Park School (4090 E 93rd St, Cleveland, OH 44105) via a contact-less drive-through event (all trees will be able to fit in a car/truck or even on the bus)! Pick up will take place in the morning during assigned time slots. If planting or delivery assistance is needed, volunteers will be available, just notify us ahead of time. (This service will be restricted to a certain number of participants).
Why are private residential trees important?
Cleveland’s total canopy is only 19%. A desirable urban tree canopy cover is about 40%. 
Western Reserve Land Conservancy’s vision is to increase Cleveland’s tree canopy along with the social, economic, and environmental benefits it provides.
But we can’t do it alone. 
75%-80% of the tree canopy exists on private property. Because of this, private property in Cleveland has the most potential to increase canopy cover. We need your help planting trees. 
To learn more or sign up for a tree, go to this link ( Trees are available on a first-come-first-serve basis. 
If you have additional questions or need help signing up, please reach out to Erica Henrichsen at or call 216.250.2638.


You or know someone looking for a job on the Near West Side.  Please visit the Near West Side Job Facebook Page for up to date opportunities across the region. 

Current opportunities in Ohio City:

Wee Read and Play on Wednesday October 28th at 10:30 am, via Zoom: Continue to develop your toddler’s language and social skills. Toddlers from 18 months to 3 years of age and their favorite adult are invited for stories, active songs and rhymes.  Register free here:
Day of the Dead, Stories and Mask Making on Thursday October 29th at 2:00 pm, via Zoom: Pick up your free Day of the Dead mask kit (while supplies last) and tune in for stories and music.  Supply pick-up begins October 28th.  Register free here:
Not-So-Spooky Halloween Concert on Friday October 30th at 2:00 pm, via Zoom: Rock out with Jesse Jukebox for a fun interactive Halloween concert just for kids in preschool through grade 2. Dress up in your favorite costume and sing and dance along to some favorite Halloween songs and other hits. Register free here:
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