State Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) today applauded the Greater Cleveland Habitat for Humanity for their work with “Buckeye Build,” while saying state and federal inaction has made affordable housing in the Cleveland area and throughout the state hard to come by. Recent reports show that, though the nation as a whole has experienced a decrease in the number of Americans losing their homes, more Ohioans continue to lose their homes to foreclosure.
“Though affordable housing is out of reach for too many Ohioans and our state continues to be a leader in the number of people losing their homes to foreclosure, I am pleased Habitat for Humanity has managed to build over 180 houses over the last 25 years while engaging politicians to raise awareness and get their hands dirty,” said Howse. “As Ohio’s GOP continues to provide tax cuts for the wealthy while Cleveland and many cities across the state are in dire need of assistance, Habitat for Humanity is working hard to offer some of our most vulnerable populations a path towards economic stability.”
State Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) today joined Arizona Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, retired American astronaut Mark Kelly, and elected officials from across the country at a press conference to call for a restoration of civility to American politics and public discourse.
The Ohio Legislative Black Caucus (OLBC) today called on Governor John Kasich to veto House Bill 180, saying the legislation to ban local hiring goals will disproportionately harm African American workers and minority communities while jeopardizing infrastructure projects in Cincinnati, Toledo, Akron and Cleveland.
State Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) today announced the passage of House Bill (HB) 523, legislation to legalize the use of certain forms of medical marijuana in Ohio to treat a variety of illnesses and injuries, including cancer, chronic pain, epilepsy, traumatic brain injury, Parkinson’s disease spinal cord injury, HIV and AIDS.
President of the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus (OLBC) State Rep. Alicia Reece (D-Cincinnati) and State Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) called on the state Friday to take action to reduce barriers between state highway contract opportunities and minority-owned businesses in Ohio. A “disparity study” released Friday by the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) revealed that minority and women-owned businesses receive a disproportionately small percentage of the state highway contract opportunities available.
“With the realization that the state of Ohio passively participates in race- and gender-based discrimination, the state must dedicate resources to eliminate barriers within the marketplace to ensure that African American- and Hispanic-owned businesses receive a fair share of contracting opportunities,” said Howse.
State Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) today reacted to Governor’s Kasich’s State of the State address, saying that the reality on the ground for working people does not match the rosy picture painted by the governor Wednesday night in Marietta. The Cleveland lawmaker noted that the governor especially failed to address the real state of healthcare and communities in Ohio.
State Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) today announced her participation in an upcoming 10-day political exchange program to Morocco and Tunisia as a delegate on a trip organized by the American Council of Young Political Leaders (ACYPL).
Howse will join six other emerging political and policy leaders between the ages of 25 to 40 from across the United States to explore the governance, politics and policy making in Morocco and Tunisia. The exchange is being arranged by ACYPL in partnership with the Morocco-based OCP Policy Center and the Tunisian American Young Professionals, and made possible by a grant from the United States Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
“This trip is a great opportunity to gain first-hand experience in different global perspectives on governance and policy making,” said Howse. “I am looking forward to connecting with emerging leaders in a different part of the world and sharing my unique experience as a Northeast Ohio lawmaker.”
State Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) today applauded the outcome of the U.S. Supreme Court case Friedrichs vs. California, which challenged fair share fees for public non-union employees who benefit from collective bargaining negotiations that increase wages and bring better benefits and safety protections in the workplace. The court split 4-4, effectively preserving precedent requiring public employees to pay fair share fees for benefits associated with union representation.
“Today is a great day for working families, who have been under constant attack both here at home and across the nation,” said Howse. “The Supreme Court’s ruling has reaffirmed the constitutional right of working people to come together to negotiate for fair wages and safe workplaces. Ohioans voiced their support for collective bargaining rights when they voted to overturn Senate Bill 5, and now the highest court in the land has spoken as well.”
State Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) and State Sen. Sandra Williams (D-Cleveland) this week toured Greenbridge Commons to experience first-hand how the Ohio Housing Trust Fund (OHTF) benefits Cleveland-area residents.
In 2011, Cleveland Housing Network (CHN) developed the Greenbridge apartment building, located along the Euclid Corridor, to provide permanent supportive housing for chronically homeless individuals. CHN received $1.2 million from the Ohio Housing Trust Fund to support Greenbridge and other projects.
“When we invest in affordable housing, we are making room for everyone in our community to have a safe, decent place to live,” said Howse.
Ohio State Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) has been selected to co-chair a national network of state legislators, a program of the National Institute of Civil Discourse (NICD), which is committed to returning civility, rationality and respect to American politics. The new leadership will work to expand the Network just as the presidential primary season opens and with new polls showing American are fed up with hyper-toxicity in politics.