Green Jobs Training created in Dayton

Dayton, OH – Montgomery County lost nearly 42%, or 30,000, of manufacturing jobs over the last seven years. Through in-depth research, LEAD discovered that by investing in the new green economy, including investments in construction, manufacturing, energy, and other industries, the Dayton community stands to gain thousands of jobs. At LEAD’s 2009 Nehemiah Action, County Commissioner Deborah Lieberman agreed to spearhead the creation of a Green Jobs Training Corps that will work to put people on a pathway out of poverty and into sustainable careers in the new green economy. The Green Jobs Training Corps began training people in the fall of 2009. Additionally, Commissioner Lieberman committed to investing in new and emerging green business through the Green Business Incubator. By the end of 2010, Commissioner Lieberman followed through on all of these commitments.

BREAD wins strongest payday lending legislation in country

Columbus, OH – At BREAD’s 2007 Nehemiah Action, 1,700 leaders kicked off a campaign to address the issue of predatory lending. BREAD’s work as part of the Ohio Coalition for Responsible Lending led to the passage of House Bill 545. This legislation caps the interest rate that payday lenders can legally charge their clients at 28% APR, a decrease of over 360% from what these lenders were previously charging. The organization has also launched a campaign to expand the use of Individual Development Accounts (IDAs) in Franklin County. On May 14, 2008, HB 545 passed with a 29-4 vote on the Senate floor, followed with a successful consensus vote from the Ohio House of Representatives. The final stamp of approval was formalized on Monday, June 2, 2008 when Gov. Ted Strickland signed the legislation, thus creating the strongest consumer protection bill in the country. The legislation was later challenged through a statewide referendum in 2008, but voters overwhelmingly decided to retain the regulation.

Identification, birth certificates easier for homeless to access

Tampa, FL – HOPE’s 2008 Nehemiah Action had 1,000 community members in attendance to get commitments from two County Commissioners to advocate for funding for Birth Certificates and identifications for at least 1,000 homeless people to successfully secure jobs and shelter. The Birth Certificates Homeless Assistance Program was established in November 2008 with a monthly reporting system and, as of November 30, 2012, there had been 1,850 birth certificates and IDs given to the homeless.

BOLD Justice wins training, fewer red flags at unemployment offices

Broward County, FL – In 2008, there were 54,000 unemployed Broward County residents with some areas of the county having unemployment rates as high as 17%. As there are no unemployment offices in Florida, individuals wishing to receive benefits had to apply over the phone or on the internet, a task that proved to be difficult for countless senior citizens. If a mistake is made in enrollment, a flag is placed on the account and the distribution of benefits is frozen until the error is fixed. The only way to fix errors was to call an overburdened central phone system for the state of Florida. BOLD Justice discovered that employees at Broward County’s Work Force One stations could be trained to fix these flags in a matter of minutes. BOLD Justice turned out 1,600 people to their Nehemiah Action where they obtained a commitment from Broward County Commissioner Eggelletion, a member of the board overseeing Work Force One, to ensure that Work Force One employees receive the necessary training to fix these flags. As of 2009, 2,700 people per week go to one of the three Work Force One stations. Approximately 900 of those people at each station are there for issues of unemployment and to remove flags from accounts.

Housing opportunities grow in Charlottesville

Charlottesville, VA – As a result of IMPACT’S 1,600 person Nehemiah Action in 2007, the City of Charlottesville substantially increased their funding for affordable housing from $400,000 to 2.1 million dollars and a joint City-County-University of Virginia Task Force was created to increase housing opportunities for families who earn under $20,000 a year.