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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.

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Thursday
Apr172014

New Street Voices Video

Thanks to Brent for putting together another video of one of our Street Voices speakers.  Simona recently found housing and is now stable.  She is available to talk to religious groups and civic organizations in the County. Here is a link to the Street Voices page of our website.

Call Ken at NEOCH to schedule a time for the Street Voices speaker to participate in a meeting or present to your group today (216) 432-0540.  Simona is a single mom who found herself homeless, but we have high school students, older males and retired single women who can speak to your group. 

Brian Davis

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Friday
Apr112014

March and Walk To Protest Benefit Cuts

There is a rally and March on Saturday April 12 at Noon at the Market Square Park on West 25th and Lorain Ave. across from the West Side Market.  The group will proceed down to St. Paul's Community Church on Franklin Blvd.  This is a grass roots efforts to call attention to the austerity measures taken by the federal government.  The Protest will ask the federal elected officials to:

  • Extend unemployment insurance to the millions struggling to find jobs who lost benefits on January 1, 2014.
  • Raise the minimum wage to meet the rising cost of food and shelter in the United States.
  • Restore the cuts to the food stamps program made in August and then November 2013.

Brian Davis

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Friday
Apr112014

Discrimination Against Homeless People Report Released

The National Coalition for the Homeless has issued a briefing paper this week in Washington DC on the opinions of homeless people in the nation's capital.  This was a summer project by students at George Washington University to interview homeless people about their treatment that they receive by law enforcement, private businesses, medical services and social services. 

It is no surprise that law enforcement and private businesses were widely described as having discriminating against homeless people.   I find it incredible that more than a third of the homeless people living in Washington felt that they had been discriminated by social service providers and nearly half of those who responded were mistreated by medical service providers.  Much of this discrimination is minor inconveniences like no bags policies at businesses but others were life threatening discrimination in limiting access to emergency rooms or not allowing homeless people to sleep outside when the shelters are all full. 

There are recommendations at the end of the report which includes passage of Homeless Bills of Rights and passing anti-discrmination statutes in municipalities.  There could be better training of law enforcement in how to serve low income individuals and legal cases brought against businesses that routinely deny services to fragile and disabled populations. 

Check out the report.

Brian Davis

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Friday
Apr112014

New Housing 101 Workshop Announced

NEOCH introduces another Housing 101 workshop for social service providers in the community.  This new workshop will be Friday June 13 at 10 a.m. at NEOCH.  We will only have space for 40 people to attend, so you will have to get your reservation in quickly.  We have a flyer and a webpage dedicated to the Housing 101 here.  The workshop will give housing case managers information about HousingCleveland.org, and the new process for getting shelter in Cuyahoga County.  There is a presentation about landlord tenant issues from the Cleveland Tenants Organization and one from staff from the Dept. of Veteran's Affairs regarding housing and homeless issues for those who served their country.  Finally, we are glad to report that the Housing Center will participate again to give an overview of the Fair Housing Act and how a person searching for housing can protect their rights.

The ADAMHS board offers 3 CEUs for social workers.  If you need the CEUs the workshop costs $15 and if you do not it is $10.  You get a pretty nice packet of information and light refreshments as part of the workshop.  Send in your payment today to reserve your spot.

Brian Davis

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Thursday
Apr102014

Care Alliance Annual Meeting

Care Alliance is hosting their annual meeting in two weeks.  They are giving an award to Brian Davis at NEOCH, and you are welcome to join them at this event.  Please contact them if you are interested in attending.  

Brian Davis