ESOP, (Empowering & Strengthening Ohio’s People) was founded in 1993 to create organized leadership around issues impacting neighborhood life. Community residents are at the forefront of all organizing efforts, as they are in the best position to create and implement change.  ESOP has worked on a variety of neighborhood issues throughout the 1990s and 2000s. Over the years we have taken on a more issue based reputation as the fight against predatory lending and justice for homeowners swept to the forefront of all neighborhood issues in Cleveland and the surrounding counties.  However ESOP continues to organize residents around a variety of issues to fight back and move forward toward stronger communities in Cleveland and Toledo.  


Current organizing campaigns include:

  • Principal Correction
  • Central City Citizens (Toledo)
  • Residents of the Old West End (Toledo)
  • Concerned Citizens of Mt. Pleasant (Cleveland)
  • Bank/Lending Organizing
  • Vacant properties

Contact Information:    

For more information on ESOP’s organizing efforts or to join our team please contact:

Kris Harsh, Director of Organizing

216.361.0718 ext. 1009

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Video Links:

Neighborhood Leadership Works 

Concerned Citizens of Mt. Pleasant

Central City Citizens