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Homeless Voting

Transformational Art Back at Cosgrove Center

The Cosgrove Center is quickly becoming the center of the homeless universe in Cleveland.  They have a 20 year old drop in/meal program that is used by 200 people a day on average.  Then Coordinated Intake moved onto the second floor of the Center and you have to go to those offices in order to get shelter in Cleveland.  Now, the third floor has the Frontline Veteran's services and a new art center run by staff at the Cosgrove Center (pictured above).  Residents of the shelter can do art therapy and just work out the creative side of their brains.  They are working on a computer lab for the future, and have a weekly clothing distribution program.  You can get mail at Cosgrove and there is a monthly attorney available.  A homeless person can get ID assistance and can meet with a health care professional or someone from the Veteran's Administration.  If you are homeless in Cleveland, you can go to 1736 Superior Ave. in Cleveland.

Brian Davis

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Clean Up Continues in Flats

Dennis finished up his training at NEOCH with a clean up follow up.  Thanks to Ohio City Development for their help with providing a dumpster.  There was so much trash collected by the students at CWRU that we needed another week to finish the cleanup.  So, homeless people and a few volunteers threw away the rest of the trash collected on April 2.  The St. Ignatius students will finish the job on April 30.  This comes the week that it was announced $2.5 million will go to the stabilization of the hill.  This is a small downpayment on the $49 million needed to stabilize the entire hill.

Brian Davis

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June Housing 101 Workshop Planned

The next Housing 101 workshop is set for June 17, 2016 from 10 to 1 p.m.  We will have presentations from Housing Court, the Housing Center and   We will also hear from the VA and Frontline Services.  It should be another good workshop packed with information.   We have a special web page dedicated to the Housing Workshop so you can print out the flyer to distribute to your co-workers.

Brian Davis

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Rooms To Let Art Project in Slavic Village

If legendary attorney Maria Smith asks, we take it as an order..."Please promote the reentry art project at Slavic Village that will happen on May 21 and 22, 2016."

The art show is called Rooms to Let. It takes three abandoned houses and allows local artists create a two-day exhibition for the community. Here is a link with more information and a trailer to the video:

One of the artists, Jake Hochendoner, is planning an installation piece of reentry that includes video--either projections or screens.  It will feature stories of people facing the challenges of obtaining affordable housing because their convictions make them ineligible for subsidize housing.

Saturday, May 21st and Sunday, May 22nd, 2016.


 Pick up an event map on East 54th Street north of Fleet.

RTL houses are located on East 54th. Addresses coming soon!




Cuyahoga County Project DAWN (Deaths Avoided with Naloxone)

Naloxone is NOW available FREE to anyone who takes the training to administer it, you could save a life! 

ep·i·dem·ic ˌepəˈdemik/ noun a widespread occurrence of an infectious disease in a community at a particular time.

According to the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s office we have an EPIDEMIC, we have a SERIOUS problem with heroin use all around us.  It’s widespread, it’s cheap, it’s everywhere you turn.  It’s in our schools, it’s in McDonald’s, it’s on the streets in prolific quantities.  It’s been the drug of choice in the Inner City and it’s quickly spreading into the suburbs as its use widens and becomes a public health threat with the amount of overdoses continually increasing.  As more people become addicted, more turn to dealing the drug to obtain their money to support their own habit.  The addict usually only has 3 options: one is to steal to obtain the needed money, the next is to panhandle and the third option is to begin to sell the drug in order to maintain their own habit.  So, these addicts and dealers may be our clients, our friends, our family members and those who we have casual and professional relationships with.  Why not educate yourself and become prepared in the event you should encounter an overdose victim?

The number of deaths by overdose is steadily climbing.  We are in crisis and there are tools available to help combat the effects of the crisis.  One of these tools is known as Naloxone or Narcan, a drug which is an antidote to a heroin (opiate) overdose.  You can obtain doses of Naloxone through Project DAWN (Deaths Avoided with Naloxone).  Project DAWN is a community-based overdose education and naloxone distribution program with trainings on the east and west side of Cleveland. The training and naloxone are FREE!  It doesn’t cost anything but on the contrary can save the lives of those who are struggling with addiction.  If you work with addicts, have a staff that works with addicts, have a loved one that is addicted or if you spend time on the street as a direct service provider to those in need, you have probably encountered heroin addicts along the way.  It’s worth your time to call and go to one of the locations in Cuyahoga County and receive the training necessary to administer the Naloxone to someone who is overdosing and save a life. 

  Project DAWN participants receive training on:

  • Recognizing the signs and symptoms of overdose
  • Distinguishing between different types of overdose
  • Performing rescue breathing
  • Calling emergency medical services
  • Administering intranasal Naloxone

Those who volunteer or work on the streets with at risk populations who may be drug users would benefit greatly from receiving the training and learn to administer Naloxone.  

To get in contact with a local Project DAWN program:

MetroHealth Project DAWN     216-778-5677

Project DAWN Locations:

(No appointment necessary. Services offered regardless of county of residency.)

Project DAWN resources are available at three convenient locations:



 by Denise Toth

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