Cuyahoga County Homelessness Problem Still In Dire Need of Support

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Yesterday, The City Mission tweeted out a depressing look at the continued homelessness problem in Cuyahoga County. Scene has closely followed the updates regarding Cuyahoga County's efforts to combat the growing homelessness problem, but it appears there is a lot more work that still needs to be done.

Thinking about 73 women and children being turned away from a safe sanctuary during one of the coldest April months on record is truly and utterly tragic.

The City Mission in Cleveland works towards assisting those in the Cleveland area in need of food, shelter or emotional support. Additionally, the religious charity organization assists those trying to escaping domestic violence, addictions, freezing temperatures or any other crisis situation. Part of The City Mission's programs include Laura’s Home, with 55 rooms and 166 beds available for women and families. The factors that lead to homelessness are varied, but the fact is that Cleveland is not fully equipped to offer support to those in need.

Luckily, help appears to be coming on the horizon. In addition to the Cuyahoga County's assistance in funding a new emergency shelter with The Haven Home in Slavic Village, The Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland's board of directors approved $345,000 in grants in the first quarter of 2018, primarily focused on ending homelessness.

According to a release from Sisters of Charity, grants for the first quarter of the year include the following:

• Enterprise Community Partners received a $75,000 grant to support the goal of ending chronic homelessness in Cuyahoga County, as well as a $35,000 grant to support its efforts to build a collaborative movement to end homelessness among all families in the county.

• The board approved $75,000 for the YWCA of Greater Cleveland to continue an initiative aimed at preventing and ending homelessness among youth and young adults in Cuyahoga County.

• Burten, Bell, Carr Development Inc., the neighborhood development organization for Cleveland's Central and Kinsman neighborhood, received $50,000 to support an Opportunity Corridor project manager to secure 83.3 acres for development.

• The foundation granted $35,000 to Funders Together to End Homelessness to support the ongoing membership in the national platform that offers the chance to learn from peers and build a systems approach to ending homelessness.

• The foundation granted $35,000 to The Partnership for a Safer Cleveland to support a program that links police with families living in Central to enhance community safety.

• Policy Matters Ohio received $20,000 to promote policies that address the root causes of poverty.

• The foundation granted The Literacy Cooperative (TLC) $20,000 to expand the Dolly Parton Imagination Library to children in Cleveland's Central neighborhood.
If someone you know is in need of support or assistance, resources are available. Please contact 211/First Call For Help by dialing 2-1-1 or 216-436-2000 (available 24 hours/every day of the week)

Victims of Domestic Violence: Please contact the Domestic Violence Helpline at 216-391-HELP or the Family Helpline at 216-229-8800

Veterans: Please contact the VA Cleveland Community Resource and Referral Center (CRRC) at 216-391-0264. The CRRC is located at 7000 Euclid Avenue, Suite 202. Hours of operation are Monday-Friday from 8 am-8 pm.

The Haven Home is located at 2971 E. 61st Street, Cleveland 44127 and can be reached by calling 216-429-2922.

The City Mission is located at 5310 Carnegie Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44103 and can be reached by calling 216-431-3510.

The City Mission is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Every donation is tax deductible, and 91% of their income is used directly for client care. Donations to The City Mission can be made by clicking here.

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