The Newark Think Tank on Poverty (NTTP) was founded in 2014. It is made up of community members in Newark and Licking County, Ohio who have experienced barriers in obtaining work that provides a livable wage, safe housing, affordable healthcare, and accessible transportation.
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.
NTTP general meetings are temporarily suspended until further notice due to the COVID 19 pandemic. However, the leadership team is still conducting and participating in events such as the Justice Cafe. If you want to connect, we suggest reaching out on the Facebook Page!
Where you can find us
To learn more about the Newark Think Tank on Poverty, please visit our Facebook Page for details on upcoming meetings and gatherings. Additionally, you can watch "Up River" a documentary produced by Doug Swift and Wild Iris Video about the first year of the Newark Think Tank.
The Newark Think Tank launches a new project aimed at helping to end the stigma surrounding addiction.
In The News
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NEWARK – Frustration over Newark's homeless problem dominated Monday night's City Council meeting and continued well after it ended when citizens confronted the mayor about his administration's response to homeless camps in the city. Mitchell Boden, who said he was homeless in the 1990s and again for all of 2015, spoke during the meeting, summed up the feelings of several speakers... To read more, click here.
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