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ESOP’s Mission

Empowering and Strengthening Ohio’s People (ESOP) fosters the economic empowerment of disenfranchised communities through outreach, education and advocacy.

Who We Are and What We Do

The East Side Organizing Project (ESOP) was founded in 1993 to create organized leadership around issues impacting neighborhood life in the Cleveland area.  In the late 1990s the organization began to shift its focus toward predatory lending and foreclosures.

Initially much of our work focused on foreclosure prevention in Cuyahoga County. However beginning in 2008 ESOP expanded its efforts throughout the state of Ohio and changed its name to “Empowering and Strengthening Ohio’s People” to emphasize the new state-wide focus.

Foreclosure Prevention

ESOP currently operates five offices across Ohio committed to helping urban, suburban and rural homeowners.  We are a non-profit HUD-approved housing counseling agency. We provide assistance to homeowners who are facing foreclosure, or struggling to make their monthly mortgage payments due to predatory lending or hardship situation.

Community Organizing

ESOP continues to organize residents to fight back and move forward toward stronger communities. Our main focus is to stabilize and strengthen communities by developing local leaders and organizing area residents around important issues affecting their neighborhoods. This includes issues related to REO’s, vacant and abandoned properties, financial issues for seniors, and access to banking.

Financial Advocacy

ESOP uses the practical experience gained from helping homeowners and organizing in neighborhoods and puts it to use in advocacy efforts.  We urge local, state and national officials to implement common sense financial standards and regulations that give everyone fair access to credit, housing and financially stable communities. 

 
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