The Zanesville Think Tank on Poverty serves the city of Zanesville, and the greater Muskingum County region.

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The Zanesville Think Tank on Poverty (ZTTP) was formed in 2018 by local leaders who decided to start a Think Tank in the region to address the structural issues that keep people in need. The ZTTP generated a strong leadership team, working with a range of directly impacted people, social services, community leaders, and partners to working on mapping the needs and challenges in the community related to poverty. The Zanesville Think Tank on Poverty launched the Zanesville Citizen's Housing Connection in 2020 to assist people facing eviction and housing insecurity. The ZTTP is also supporting a new entity called the Neighborhood Housing Group (NHG), which will work in collaboration with the ZTTP and help coordinate and pursue specific community development projects, like affordable housing.


The 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 in 2018.

We have voted and decided to work on a number of issues, including housing, reentry, and other topics related to addressing homelessness.  We are also concerned with the impact of substance abuse and addiction, especially on children and families. 

The ZTTP has presented our work 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 development of low-income housing,  events that address harm reduction and mental health stigma, and other projects that would meet the needs of low-income income residents.  

ZTTP Meetings

ZTTP monthly meetings are free and open to the public. We also have monthly leadership meetings that are open to anyone interested in joining the leadership of the ZTTP and rolling up your sleeves to help build this work. 

For dates of upcoming meetings or more information on events, please follow the ZTTP on Facebook,  join the mailing list for ZTTP, or email us directly
at [email protected] 

Are you or Someone You Know Facing Eviction?

The Zanesville Citizen's Housing Connection (ZCHC) will work with you to help keep you off the street. We offer education on your rights, linkages to local resources, and someone to work with you and your landlord to find a way to keep you in your home or avoid an eviction on your record. Don’t wait until your day in court. Contact ZCHC now. We will work as hard as you do to keep you in your home.

GIVE US A CALL OR EMAIL US FOR MORE INFORMATION(740) 273-8136 | [email protected] 


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