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Thursday
Apr032014

First Call for Help Numbers Posted on the Site

 

These are a comparison of the calls over the last four years to the local 211 Call Center in Cleveland regarding housing and shelter.  You can see a spike in 2012 then a decline in 2013.  The change is that foreclosures have decreased slightly and we have gone to a coordinated intake for shelter.  There is no longer a need to call around for shelter availability.  All shelter requests go to one place for males and another place for females.  Once people learn this new system, there is no need to repeatedly call First Call for Help to see if there is shelter access.  We have posted all the call requests on our website from First Call for Help.

Friday
Mar142014

US Incarceration Rates Highest in the World Today

From the Sentencing Project out of Washington DC.   If you think about the cost of paying for all these individuals, it puts a whole new light on the issue. Here is the blurb from the Sentencing Project:

The United States is the world's leader in incarceration with 2.2 million people currently in the nation's prisons or jails -- a 500% increase over the past thirty years. These trends have resulted in prison overcrowding and state governments being overwhelmed by the burden of funding a rapidly expanding penal system, despite increasing evidence that large-scale incarceration is not the most effective means of achieving public safety.

50,604 of those incarcerated were from Ohio in 2013. 

Saturday
Mar082014

How Many People Does Emergency Solutions Grant Support?

Number of Newly Homeless over last two years funded by the Emergency Solutions Grant in Cleveland Ohio.

Saturday
Mar082014

Emergency Solutions Grant Changes

Emergency Solutions Grant

February 20, 2014

Continuum of Care Funding

 

2012

2013

+/-

Shelter

$7,087,601

$7,087,061

No change

Rapid Re-housing

$2,581,259

$1,825,093

($756,166)

NOFA

$24,945,045 (2 New Projects)

Renewal Need- $25,258,053 Less 5%-$23,995,150

($1.26 Million)

Net +/-

 

 

($2 Million)

 

ESG/Rapid ReHousing Funding Sources

 

2013

2014

Cleveland ESG

$1,273,537

437,000

County ESG

232,722

50,593

State ESG

775,000

837,500

County HHS

300,000

500,00

TOTAL

$2,581,259

$1,825,093

($756,166)

 

Providers/Contract Amounts/Activities

 

2013

2014

CMC-Diversion

$685,600

$478,830

CTO-Prevention

98,00

68,000

EDEN-RRH

1,049,309

676,606

MHS-CA/I

720,000

543,400

United Way-RRH (HousingCleveland website)

28,350

28,350

Dept. Aging-Prev.

90,000

90,000

 

Friday
Feb282014

Loss of Medicaid Dollars and Uncovered Fragile Populations

States, largely for political reasons are refusing to participate in Medicaid Expansion.  There are a few states which were not included in the report because they are trying limited expansion. The loss of funds is from the Commonwealth Fund. Both the Kaiser Family Fund and Pew Charitable Trust both list Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Indiana, and Tennessee as unlikely to expand Medicaid. These are from 2012 to 2022.   The other list is the number of people who have a Serious Mental Health and Substance Abuse who would be eligible Coverage.  The American Mental Health Counselors Association compiled these figures.   This report was published in February 2014. 

A state-by-state breakdown               Number of Mentally Ill/Substance Abuser eligible for Coverage

Alabama:-$943,000,000                     177,000

Alaska:-$229,000,000                         25,000

Florida:-$5,038,000,000                     535,000

Georgia:-$2,862,000,000                   233,000

Idaho:-$297,000,000                         58,000

Kansas:-$950,000,000                       52,000

Louisiana:-$1,655,000,000                 163,000

Maine:-$294,000,000                          21,000

Mississippi:-$431,000,000                  104,000

Missouri:-$2,249,000,000                   101,000

Nebraska:-$738,000,000                    42,000

North Carolina:-$2,591,000,000          189,000

Oklahoma:-$1,264,000,000                 113,000

South Carolina:-$807,000,000             192,000

South Dakota:-$224,000,000               13,000

Texas:-$9,217,000,000                        652,000

Utah:-$719,000,000                            54,000

Virginia:-$2,839,000,000                     178,000

Wisconsin:-$1,848,000,000                 88,000

Wyoming:-$166,000,000                     10,000

Other states that currently have not expanded Medicaid and it is in some dispute if they will in the future.

Indiana  -$2,044,000,000                      247,000

New Hampshire  -$409,000,000            17,000

Montana  -$196,000                              29,000

Pennsylvania  -$4,780,000,000               203,000

Tennessee    -$2,111,000,000                191,000

 

Total:                                                      3,700,000 million could access Medicaid with their serious mental illness or substance abuse issue, but their home state has declined to expand Medicaid.