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This blog is dedicated to distribute current information about the Coalition for the Homeless in Cleveland or poverty or the state of homelessness. Entries are written by board or staff of the Coalition. The opinions contained in this blog reflect the views of the author of the post. This blog features information on shelters, affordable housing, profiles, statistics, trends, and upcoming events relating to homelessness. We welcome comments, and will remove offensive or inappropriate messages. All postings are signed by the author.

Homeless Voting

Guidance from HUD for LGBTQ Individuals Using Shelters

Guidance from the Great Funding gods in Washington on how shelters need to serve Transgender individuals using HUD funded facilities.  These are extremely helpful, but when is Cuyahoga County going to display these rules so that everyone including residents of the shelter understand these rules?  We have been pushing to get these rules displayed and Cuyahoga County officials have been unwilling to require posting the LGBTQ rules in the shelters. 

A Message from Harriet Tregoning,

Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Community Planning and Development

I am pleased to inform you that we have reached an important milestone in HUD efforts to ensure equal access for all persons in our programs. On September 21, 2016, HUD will publish a final rule in the Federal Register entitled Equal Access in Accordance with an Individual’s Gender Identity in Community Planning and Development Programs.

This rule will ensure that all individuals have equal access to many of the Department’s core shelter programs in accordance with their gender identity. This rule becomes effective October 21, 2016.

I encourage all CPD grantees to promptly review their policies to ensure consistency with the new rule.

Following what had previously been encouraged practice by HUD, providers using funds awarded through the Department’s Office of Community Planning and Development (CPD), including those operating single sex projects, are now required to provide all individuals, including transgender individuals and other individuals who do not identify with the sex they were assigned at birth, with access to programs, benefits, services, and accommodations in accordance with their gender identity without being subjected to intrusive questioning or being asked to provide documentation.

HUD’s new rule will require a recipient, subrecipient, or provider to establish, amend, or maintain program admissions, occupancy, and operating policies and procedures (including policies and procedures to protect individuals' privacy and security), so that equal access is provided to individuals based on their gender identity.

Other provisions and changes to the rule include:

  • Eliminates the prohibition on inquiries related to sexual orientation or gender identity so service providers can ensure compliance with this rule.  The removal of the prohibition on inquiries related to sexual orientation or gender identity does not alter the requirement to make housing assisted by HUD and housing insured by the Federal Housing Administration available without regard to actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity. 
  • Amends HUD’s definition of “gender identity” to more clearly reflect the difference between actual and perceived gender identity.
  • Makes a technical amendment to the definition of “sexual orientation,” which was adopted from the Office of Personal Management’s (OPM) definition of the term in 2012 to conform to OPM’s current definition.
  • NOTE: the definition of “family” remains the same. See FAQ 1529 for specific guidance for projects with CoC and ESG funding.

As a new program regulation, failure to comply with the requirements of this rule will be considered a violation of program requirements and will subject the non-compliant grantee to all sanctions and penalties available for program requirement violations. HUD has provided a suite of Technical Assistance materials to support final rule implementation, which can be found at  

HUD has also provided a document that grantees can publicly post to inform clients and staff of the equal access requirements, which can be found at

HUD is planning to conduct trainings and provide additional TA materials to assist HUD grantees in understanding the new rule and implementing the policies and procedures appropriately. As these resources become available, you will be able to access them on the LGBT Homelessness Resource Page.

Find more information on HUD’s broader work for LGBTQ inclusion in HUD’s programs at Please direct any questions regarding this rule and any requests for technical assistance to your local CPD representative.

Brian Davis

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Project Dawn Update

This is really good news to help reduce the impact of the Opioid epidemic locally.  The Project Dawn folks have added a daily clinic three blocks from the biggest shelter in Ohio.  This is important especially when the cost of naloxone has skyrocketed over the last year.  Hopefully, those hanging out with addicts will sign up for the brief training to help save a life locally.

Here is a copy of the flyer for you to print out and distribute.

Brian Davis

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Family Homelessness To Be Addressed At Dinner

Family Homelessness is out of control locally.  The overflow is full to the point they are placing women with children in the only Women’s Shelter left in Cleveland.  We have closed 440 beds of shelter in the last six years and the both entry shelters for men and women are full every night.  We need some local leadership to step forward to work on these issues.  Despite the flawed count released by the federal government, despite positive media stories of a decline in homelessness, this is the worst we have seen for families facing homelessness in 30 years.  We no longer have religious groups in the lead of ending family homelessness.  Our business leaders are not focused on finding solutions to homelessness anymore. 

 We need a group of business and religious leaders to recommend programs to begin to actually reduce the number of homeless people locally.  We need some activity toward a local affordable housing trust fund to build and preserve housing for people making minimum wage.  We need to keep families out of shelters, and prevent evictions.  There is so much more we could do, but we are stuck in chasing federal dollars that we never get around to solving problems.  Our entire strategy is wrapped around an untested philosophy pushed by academics and bureaucrats.   NEOCH wants to help organize a fund or a campaign to end homelessness in Cleveland, and we want you to be a part of this effort.  We want innovative and creative ideas to move people back into housing while not sacrificing the emergency response to those who fall into homelessness.

We are hosting a dinner on October 19 at the Breen Center (2008 West 30th St.) at St. Ignatius to kick off this campaign.  We want to have some of the members present to hear a pep talk from the County Executive or the Mayor.  We will give out a few awards and then introduce the Campaign.  I have included the electronic invitation that we are advertising.  The goal would be to set up a committee by the end of the year to begin to put together a pool of funds to begin to solve problems.  We would solicit smaller donations to hire a staff person to implement and assist the committee.  The advisory would meet to hear pitches and decide on the projects to fund or to hear from elected officials about the struggle as well as get a status update on the campaign to end homelessness.

We need the private sector to end homelessness for everyone.  We have a good example with the Veterans Administration who used every strategy possible and cut veteran’s homelessness by two thirds in the last few years.  How do we replicate the success of Veteran’s homelessness in Cleveland? Join us on October 19 to hear how you can help.  We need you to RSVP your space today in order to help us solve this issue.

by Brian Davis


National Voter Registration Day


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