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Greetings,
 

Although it has gained popularity in recent years, foraging for native foods has always been central to the lives of those living in the mountains, and cities, too. Appalachian settlers learned the practice from Native Americans. Even after folks moved to the city, they still used foraging skills to seek out native food sources around the Cincinnati area. This blog post comes just in time for pawpaws and wild mushrooms season. Happy foraging 🍄

Plus, enjoy a lovely open from MoPoetry about what it was like for her growing up in Appalachia. Inspiration for this poem can be heard in an interview Pauletta Hansel conducted with MoPoetry and her mother. Find the interview link below as well.

Sincerely,
UACC

A Poem from MoPoetry Phillips

MoPoetry and her mother were recently interviewed by Core Member Pauletta Hansel for the Story Gathering Project. Below is a poem written by MoPoetry that includes sentiments also expressed in her interview.

"Somewhere in the Mountains"

I remember Lincoln Courts & Renegales.
Riding through the projects to say, "Hello" to family we left
behind.
scurrying dogs barking at the screendoor's screech.
I remember, "Is that you?"
Having a welcome home reach.

Each year, I bent down further to give Great Grandma a hug in her
rocking chair.
I remember counting-
First body of water,
Second body of water,
Third, before we got there.

I remember soft toilet seats
toilet paper-
covered by dolls with dresses,
crocheted.
Gathering around the table
Parading around the buffet.

Grandma made rolls.
Uncle John made greens & fudge.
I remember when family
meant love.
When we took love back with us
like jugs of clean water
we'd fill from the tap.
The city was missing that.


Watch their full interview here.

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"I Thought I Heard A Cardinal Sing": Ohio Appalachian Voices

Submission portal open August 1-November 15

A “call for poetry” focused on the unique culture of Ohio's Appalachian population–located in Central Appalachia, with roots steeped in traditional southern ways. A one-of-a-kind collection, sponsored by the Academy of American Poets and Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

A copy of the anthology will be sent to all 732 libraries throughout Ohio and to selected Ohio Appalachian school libraries.

Learn more HERE.

Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority

Incentives begin Aug 1-Oct 31 or until funds are expended
 
Have you heard about the new opportunities available for families in need of housing? Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority has new vouchers and an incentive program for property owners who lease-up with new HCV Participants.

Emergency Housing Vouchers
  • CMHA awarded 246 EHVs to assist families struggling with homelessness or fleeing domestic violence
  • Recipients must meet one of 4 criteria and complete a brief online assessment
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New Property Owner Incentive
 
  • A $2000 payment will be made to owners who provide a home to families leasing through the New Admissions process
  • Incentives begin August 1 and end October 31, 2021 or until funds are expended
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