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Hi Advocate,

AOF has developed new resources to help you advocate more effectively during these crucial weeks before the Super Committee finalizes its recommendations on national deficit reduction. Please visit our web page to download local and statewide fact sheets.

Our new fact sheets show the increasing rates of use and demand over time of federally funded health and human service programs -- both statewide and in the 20 most populous counties. The fact sheets highlight trends in Medicaid, Food Stamps, Medicare, Social Security, Unemployment, and the Earned Income Tax Credit. Click here to download or view fact sheets for the 20 most populous counties in Ohio and a statewide overview.

Here are some startling facts we learned as we worked with our partners at The Center for Community Solutions to develop these fact sheets:

  • The number of Food Stamp recipients in Ohio has skyrocketed 58% since 2007
  • Over 2 million Ohioans now depend on Medicaid
  • 23% of Lucas County residents receive Medicaid benefits
  • The number of Medicaid beneficiaries in Warren County has jumped 51% since 2007
  • The number of Food Stamp recipients in Medina County has shot up 110% since 2007

The fact sheets are organized not only by county but also by Congressional district, so that you can share relevant data with your Members of Congress. Please visit this web page for all the fact sheets.

The data demonstrate how many people rely on these vital services and how many people will be hurt if they are cut. While policy makers must take action to resolve the nation’s debt crisis, they need to do so without driving more people into poverty or increasing income inequality.

Want to learn how to use these fact sheets and translate them into action? Register for a webinar this afternoon at 3:00 pm about federal deficit reduction, the Super Committee, and what's at stake for Ohioans in need.

Also, stay tuned for an email from Will Petrik tomorrow morning with information about our "statewide call-in day" to Senator Portman's office!

Gayle Channing Tenenbaum, Co-Chair