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Posted on: April 6, 2020

Update from Cleveland Heights City Manager Tanisha R. Briley - April 6, 2020

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For many people in our community these are exceptionally difficult times. With so many people experiencing a job loss over the past few weeks, I wanted to make sure those looking for a job are using a great resource provided by the State. The State of Ohio has a special COVID-19 job site https://jobsearch.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/jobsearch, that has a number of job openings with immediate needs. Another resource is Ohio Means Jobs, https://ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/site/jobs/resources/ohio-means-jobs, that is Ohio’s free, online career counseling center that helps connect businesses to job seekers and provides career services to all Ohioans. They help guide your career search and provide a wide variety of available jobs all across Ohio.

Locally, I’ve learned that Home Instead Senior Care is seeking caregivers to provide critical services to seniors largely in our community, which is especially needed as we fight the COVID-19 crisis. If you know of people in our community looking for part-time or full-time work, please direct them to www.homeinstead.com/116 or have them call 440-914-1400.

If you haven’t yet completed your Census2020 questionnaire, it is not too late. April 1st was National Census2020 Day but that was just a kick-off reminding us to respond to the 2020 Census. You’re being asked to count everyone living in your home including infants and friends and relatives that are staying with you. Completing the Census applies to everyone, whether you rent or own your home, and it takes about ten minutes to complete the form. Visit https://2020census.gov/.

Why is the census important? Over the next decade, lawmakers, business owners, and many others will use 2020 Census data to make critical decisions. The results will show where communities need new schools, new clinics, new roads, and more services for families, older adults, and children. The results will also inform how hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding are allocated to more than 100 programs, including Medicaid, Head Start, block grants for community mental health services, and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as SNAP.

Last week, we received generous donations of masks, gloves and sanitizer wipes from a Cleveland Heights business and a community organization. That community spirit and support has once again been highlighted by High Rock Pest Control & Sanitizing, a local Cleveland Heights company fortunately still open for business at this difficult time. High Rock offers coronavirus sanitizing/disinfecting for offices and other commercial spaces. Mr. Morris Rokowsky, CEO of High Rock, said that as a way to give back to those on the front lines of this ongoing pandemic, he’d like to offer their disinfection services to our local CHPD at no charge. We were pleased to already take him up on his offer. Many thanks to Mr. Rokowsky and High Rock. Another great neighbor, exemplifying why Cleveland Heights is such a special place to live, visit, and own a business.

I hope everyone is staying healthy and continuing to follow the stay at home and social distancing orders along with frequent handwashing and other preventative measures to help stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

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