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ESOP is a non-profit HUD-certified housing counseling agency.  Our main focus is to stabilize and strengthen communities – stabilize through foreclosure prevention programs and strengthen by developing local leaders and organizing area residents around important issues affecting their neighborhoods.  ESOP has nine satellite offices across Ohio, but also serves residents in other states from its headquarters in Cleveland, Ohio.
ESOP is participating in the Restoring Stability program, part of the federal Hardest Hit Fund administered by the Ohio Housing Finance Agency.  Please contact ESOP at 216-361-0718  or toll-free at  877-731-3767 to make an appointment.  

ESOP Moves Forward with New Logo Design


While we are widely known for our foreclosure prevention efforts, Empowering and Strengthening Ohio’s People remains committed to empowering residents to become leaders in their own communities; helping them identify problems and take action to solve them.Our mission to “create organized leadership around issues that impact neighborhood life” goes beyond foreclosure prevention and our work is increasingly taking ESOP beyond Ohio.

It is with this mission in mind that ESOP unveils a new logo.

Those four letters (e-s-o-p) may be small, like our staff, but we are determined to fight back against forces that would damage families and deterioirate communities and move forward to find ways to stabilize and rebuild devastated neighborhoods.

ESOP strives to give people a voice, startting at a grassroots level, and empower them to take bold action to improve their own cummunites.

“While ESOP’s mission and committment to empower people has never changed, we think this new logo better illustrates who we are and what we do,” said Inez Killingsworth, ESOP Founder and Board President.


ESOP Honored with Two NCRC Awards

Cleveland, OH – Empowering and Strengthening Ohio’s People is proud to announce the receipt of two awards and a grant at the National Community Reinvestment Coalition’s 2011 Annual Conference.  Following are the honors from NCRC.

Inez Killingsworth,  
National Community Reinvestment Award
About the award winner:
Inez Killingsworth founded the East Side Organizing Project in 1993, taking it statewide in 2008 under a new name: Empowering and Strengthening Ohio’s People (or ESOP). ESOP has become a powerhouse foreclosure counseling agency – and organizing presence — in the state, with 8,000 families receiving help in 2009 in the nonprofit’s 11 Ohio offices. ESOP has a 75% success rate in negotiating resolutions for homeowners facing foreclosure. In 2010, ESOP reached more than 10,000 families in 2010 and saved more than 3,200 homes from foreclosure.
Cleveland vs. Wall Street, Documentary film
Community Empowerment Award
About the film: 
In this documentary on the devastating numbers of foreclosures that have crippled certain neighborhoods in the Rust Belt city of Cleveland, filmmaker Jean-Stephane Bron concocts a mock trial that pits the city of Cleveland against 21 banks it blames for the foreclosures that wrecked the city’s economy. Cleveland vs. Wall Street premiered at the 63rd Cannes festival in 2010.
 ESOP was also awarded a National Neighbor Silver grant to conduct community-based organizing, advocacy and education focused on financial security for older adults. 
The National Community Reinvestment Coalition is an association of more than 600 community based organizations that promote access to basic banking services, including credit and savings, to create and sustain affordable housing, job development and vibrant communities for America’s working families.
View photos from the conference on ESOP’s Facebook page.

Cleveland vs Wall Street

It was a long time in the making but finally Cleveland vs Wall Street had its U.S. premiere right here in Cleveland.  Festivities kicked off with a preview screening at the Cleveland Internation Film Festival.  ESOP staff and others involved in making the movie finally had the chance to see it Tuesday, April 5that the Capitol movie theater.  Swiss director Jean-Stephane Bron made the rounds of local media to promote the film with ESOP’s Barbara Anderson and attorney Josh Coen. Read more about the movie and see pictures from the premiere on our blog. (ESOP Blog)

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