Public Safety in Cincinnati

Public Safety: Create a city-wide initiative that aims to prevent gun violence, domestic violence and youth violence by engaging the community. I will focus on building infrastructure to deal with the problem long term. Physical, mental and social health often determine behavioral outcomes, so the initiative will address the needs of all 52 neighborhoods. I am confident that understanding and providing support for the needs of each neighborhood will reduce violence.

  • Partners with community groups, social service providers, and law enforcement groups to impact gun-related violence through strategic outreach

  • Establish community drop-off locations for weapons including churches and centers in neighborhoods with high rates of gun violence

  • Defusing conflicts that lead to gun violence with ‘violence mediators’

  • Offer behavioral therapy to community members to learn how to respond with non-violence

  • Launch Operation Safe Spaces—a partnership between the Cincinnati Police and community stakeholders—to provide community enages projects in the community

  • Completely refurbish basketball courts and pools

  • Increase Tip Rewards to drive up community engagement on reporting crimes

  • Hold anti-violence fairs in neighborhoods across the city, in alignment with community groups, job fairs, churches, neighborhood councils, private business and and nonprofits

  • Updating the city website to provide a virtual map of the resources in each community and events

Mental Health: Create a partnership with the hospitals and mental health agencies that offer crisis units throughout the city. The Mobile Health Crisis Unit would address non-violent mental health calls to 911 through partnering with local mental health agencies to address the issues that arise. This would be citywide coordination across various sectors through information sharing. Creating gaps in services, and coverage in some areas through mental health/trauma and violence prevention. create a partnership with the hospitals and mental health agencies that offer crisis units throughout the city. Coordinate efforts to support locally based prevention and reentry efforts in Cincinnati.

  • Regional crisis call centers coordinating in real time;

  • Centrally deployed, 24/7 mobile crisis; and

  • 23-hour crisis receiving and stabilization facilities

  • Mental health service which supports the community by providing immediate response emergency mental health evaluations and crises services.

  • The professionals who will respond will often be trained in managing mental health crises and distress

  • Police will come if needed, as back up for the crisi units and they are trained.

Policing: Cincinnati Police Department is one of the frontiers of reforms Statewide. However, minorities still have the highest arrest records.

  • Work with police, local leaders, and the community to reduce the number of minorities arrested.

  • Support creating statewide databases to record force incidents and police disciplinary actions.

  • Requires comprehensive reporting from Cincinnati Police Department when aiming or drawing a weapon at someone.

  • Build a stronger relationship with the Cincinnati Police Department and the community.

Youth Engagement in Collective Impact Initiatives

Youth Advisory Board (aged 14-24): This is an avenue for young people to learn and take on the roles and responsibilities of leadership. These groups give young people an opportunity to work together to support high-quality youth programs, youth organizations, and youth policy. I plan on empowering and giving autonomy to young people by equipping them with tools to design, lead and work in their communities.

  • All carried out by youth. Adults may mentor or coach youth, providing additional resources and support

  • Youth plan, implement and evaluate a program

  • Address the support they are concerned in their families, community and school

Support Youth Programming: Creating a collaborative effort to track all of the programs that are being provided for the youth. Then creating a portal that will be accessible to the public. The collaborative would outline gaps in the community that need to serve the youth and their families. Then address accountability in the community for families, youth, and collaborative partners. Making it a priority for Cincinnati to provide more funding to youth-based programs.

  • Provide summer employment programs for students in high-violence neighborhoods

  • Provide pop-up shops for the youth that are entrepreneurs to sale their products

  • Provide community resources for family members that bring their children to continuously keep the family involved.

  • Create internships for youth through partnerships with local businesses, government and schools

  • Involve high school students to survey area business owners

  • Provide support for father led, mother led, grandparents led programming in the city

Affordable Housing

Affordable Housing: I aim to stabilize and strengthen neighborhoods by creating affordable housing. Cincinnati has the opportunity to transform publicly owned vacant land and buildings into community assets. I will bring together neighborhood residents, businesses, and advocates to design plans for equitable and inclusive local development to revitalize the city. Establishing and modernizing local zoning and land use regulations so builders and developers can produce more housing at a lower cost. Design low-cost innovative homes through an eco-friendly design, potentially container homes, accessory dwellings, and etc. Address slumlords in Cincinnati and prevent them from buying more property.

  • Create a centralized website that lists all the affordable housing units in the city. require tents to list their property on the website. All applications for affordable housing will be done through this portal.

  • Create a citywide initiative to identify how many affordable housing units are available and need to be built. We need to create smaller units, home buying programs, elderly homes to ensure the communities are diverse.

  • Create a review board to determine funding allocations for affordable housing.

  • I am in support of the 3by30 program which will look to create a net gain of 3 million new Black homeowners by 2030 through a seven-point plan in the USA. This will increase the community engagement, leadership, sustainability in the home, and build ownership in the community when Cincinnati joins the initiative.

    1. This will be done by giving 100% tax abatement to new African-American homeowners for 10 to 15 years.

    2. Additionally we will update tax abatement for individuals who own homes to receive an additional 10 to 15 year tax abatement 100%.

  • Providing funding for upgrades for elderly individuals homes

  • Every apartment property that receives a tax credit would be required to offer a percentage of the apartment would go to affordable housing. These units are based on their income, and they would pay 30% of their income for each unit.

  • Landlords that continuously reported for not keeping up their properties would be placed on lists that could prevent them from buying homes off the Cincinnati auction or receive any tax credits for 3 years.

Revitalizing All 52 Neighborhoods in Cincinnati

Support Local Businesses: Provide resources and funding for local businesses in Cincinnati. We will have community meetings to hear from local businesses from all 52 neighborhoods to ensure everyone is getting the support they need to develop Cincinnati.

  • Promote healthy neighborhoods by funding agency that are proving diversity, equity and inclusion

  • Recognize the success of Businesses, Citizens, and Government publicly

  • Funding small businesses

  • Require every business submit two reports about the funding they received and the impact on Cincinnati

52 neighborhoods in Cincinnati: Those communities need support to update their neighborhood's parking policies, parks, pools, environmental sustainability plans, and economic growth plan. We must create initiatives that are personalized to each neighborhood in Cincinnati. Additionally, strategize a winter innovation plan, creating opportunity for residents to have cleaner streets and enjoy an initiative launching re-imagining winter outdoors in all 52 neighborhoods in Cincinnati.

  • Make parking lots more accessible to businesses and promote the use of both front and rear entrances when practical

  • Include pedestrian and bicycle friendly options in every plan,and retrofit existing streets and neighborhoods whenever possible;

  • Cooperate with developers to plan future needs based on each community engagement plan and for public gathering such as pools, parks, schools.

  • Updated technology infrastructure system to be more user friendly to report issues in the community

  • Vacant property/Property concerns- create an update reporting system online that allows landlords, tenants and community members to state the issues and include pictures. They will have 30 days to fix issues and to submit before and after pictures to show issues have been resolved. The final report will go to the city, and the person who filed the complaint.

Western Hills Viaduct: Create a plan that has a date for construction on the bridge in 2022. Have the city address the traffic flow that will need to take place while the bridge is getting fixed.

  • Review the budget for the bridge

  • Review the pedestrian and bicycle safety measure they include and address some of the traffic issues they have had in that area of town

  • Include a policy that company hires so many Cincinnati residents, women and minorities