Kathleen Farkas, Ph.D., LISW-s, associate professor at MSASS, has been invited to attend "Advancing the Science of Education, Training and Practice in Trauma" at Yale University April 25th-28th. She is one of 60 national experts invited to develop and define competencies to guide mental health practitioners working with trauma survivors. The conference is funded through the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and co-sponsored by American Psychological Association's Division 56 (Trauma Psychology), the Department of Veteran's Affairs' National Center for PTSD and the VA's Center for Homelessness. Dr. Farkas was an active member of national steering committee that developed the competencies for Advanced Social Work Practice in Trauma, published by the Council on Social Work Education in 2012.
Cleveland Local ABC news affiliate Newsnet5 and reporter Joe Pagonakis ran a feature on the evening news touring vacant homes in the city of Cleveland. Using Vacancy data from the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development in his report he said, "The latest data released by Case Western Reserve University and Northeast Ohio Community and Neighborhood Data for Organizing, or NEO CANDO , shows Cuyahoga County now peaking at 26,453 vacant homes.
For the last two years, the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development has been working as evaluator of a new model of resident services with resident engagement at its core. Center Co-Director Dr. Robert Fischer is lead investigator on this study at the Cascade Village neighborhood in Akron and was quoted in the Akron Beacon Journal article "Knight Foundation grant helping build a community at Cascade Village" on January 14, 2013.
Mark Chupp, an assistant professor of the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences and faculty associate of the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development, is also director of the East Cleveland Partnership, a community group that's helping to revitalize East Cleveland and was featured as part of the Cleveland Plain Dealer commentary "Fairfax and East Cleveland want to grow, prosper with University Circle" by Tonya Sams on April 12, 2012.
"University Circle is the fastest growing job center in Ohio," said East Cleveland Mayor Gary Norton. With University Circle flourishing, the adjacent city of East Cleveland and the Fairfax neighborhood in Cleveland want to improve and grow with it. Partnerships are being strengthened and developed in the Greater University Circle area.
CBC News journalist Paul Hunter recently visited Cleveland to investigate how the city is combating the ongoing foreclosure crisis. Hunter met with Gus Frangos, president of the Cuyahoga County Land Reutilization Corporation (often known as the Land Bank), who illustrated the severity of the situation with a map showing the more than 15,000 properties in Cleveland suffering foreclosure, generated with data from the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development's NEO CANDO (Northeast Ohio Community and Neighborhood Data for Organizing).