Challenging mass incarceration
During public comment, several residents spoke out against the recent purchase of land in Garfield Heights for a new jail.
“This proposed jail is a tax on our future and evidence that our county leaders’ bold vision for our future is more mass incarceration,” said LaTonya Goldsby, president and co-founder of Black Lives Matter Cleveland.
Goldsby also called attention to the people who recently died in custody at the Cuyahoga County Jail. On Oct. 6, a man died following a medical emergency. He is the third incarcerated person in three months to die at the jail.
$10 million approved for rental assistance
Council approved funds for emergency rental assistance to help Cuyahoga County residents who are at least 55 years old and meet income requirements.
The funding will support Empowering and Strengthening Ohio’s People (ESOP)’s efforts to provide financial counseling and assistance to residents.
ESOP is a nonprofit HUD-approved housing and counseling agency that is part of the Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging. ESOP hosts free online classes to help residents navigate buying and selling property. Its classes also boost financial wellness and offer advice for aging homeowners.
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Cuyahoga County Council members voted to approve the purchase of about 72 acres in Garfield Heights for the new county jail site.