ZTTP has had government leaders, city council, legal aid, criminal justice, United Way, and a range of community service providers attend our meetings and participate. A poverty simulation with the United Way and engagement with the city about rumored evictions of some of the most vulnerable in the city moved the ZTTP into the issues of affordable housing and renter's rights.
We have voted and decided to work on a number of issues, including housing, reentry, and addressing homelessness. We are also concerned with the impact of substance abuse and addiction on children and families.
The ZTTP has presented to the City Council and has been in dialogue with the prosecuting attorney working on rehousing issues. We are presently working on educating residents and renters' of their rights, supporting the city survey on housing, and advocating for the expansion of recovery housing, like the Pearl House, and other projects that would meet the needs of low-income income residents.
The Newark Think Tank has been very successful in working with the local community, elected officials, and other agencies on a range of issues. We championed "Ban the Box" legislation in 2015, getting a local law passed by city council, and helping to see a similar law passed at the statehouse. We then held a series of public events, educating employers about barriers to reentry. We formed a working group made up of formerly incarcerated people to plan a stakeholder half-day session. We then launched a The Licking County Reentry Coalition with the buy-in from a wide range of stakeholders. In 2018, we held a countywide town hall with Newark City Schools on addiction and recovery. We have also worked on a range of other issues, like access to public drinking fountains for the homeless, transportation, gentrification, jobs, and more.
We have had judges, government leaders, and a range of community service providers attend our meetings and participate. We link with everyday residents and people who have stories to tell so that we can build a voice of regular citizens working together on the issues that impact their lives.
We have voted and decided to work on a number of issues, including access to broadband, reentry, and addressing homelessness. We are also concerned with the impact of substance abuse and addiction on children and families.
The PCTTP has presented to the County Commissioners and is presently working with the County, Emergency Medical Systems, schools district, USDA, and other local and federal government leaders on broadband internet. We are also working to explore how to address homelessness and reentry in the community.