A photo of Council President Blaine Griffin responding to a public comment at the Oct. 9 Cleveland City Council meeting.
Council President Blaine Griffin responds to a public comment at the Oct. 9 City Council meeting. Credit: Cleveland City Council YouTube

Covered by Documenters Marcy Clark (notes), Tim Zelina (live-tweet thread) and Chanel Wiley (notes)

Support for trauma care

Cleveland City Council passed 10+ pieces of legislation, including a grant of up to $500,000 for the Brenda Glass Multipurpose Trauma Center. The money is for repairs and upgrades to the center, which offers trauma recovery services for survivors of violence.

Affordable senior housing

Council OK’d a grant of up to $1 million for the Northwest Neighborhoods Community Development Corp. The money — which comes from Cleveland’s pot of American Rescue Plan Act dollars — is to help construct 51 apartments for seniors in Detroit-Shoreway. The units would be for people age 55 and older. Eight units are reserved for residents whose annual income is $15,960 or less.

‘Don’t know what else to do’

Isaiah Dixon made a public comment. He said he is experiencing homelessness and asked council for help.“I sleep on the ground pretty much every day. I dodge the rain as much as I can,” Dixon said. “But it’s getting cold, and I don’t know what else to do.”

Council President Blaine Griffin asked audience members to connect with Dixon to see what help they could offer.

Watch the full public comments or read transcripts edited by Documenter Gennifer Harding-Gosnell on the Public Comment CLE website created by Ohio City resident Angelo Trivisonno. 

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