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Friday
Nov282014

Sleeping Downtown Cleveland 2014

These are the number of homeless people sleeping outside during our annual Thanksgiving weekend count. We survey everyone sleeping outside between West 6th St. and East 20th St. between the Lake and Carnegie Ave. We estimate that this is a good baseline number as the smallest number over the coming year. We began measuring the number sleeping outside as a result of the Michael R. White Administration yearly attacks on homeless people during the start of the holiday shopping season. This does not define the number sleeping outside, but is a good indicator of the trends. Prepared by the Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless

Why continued to remain steady in 2014:

  • Better coordination of outreach teams to see all those who live outside.  There are now more outreach workers outside.
  • Most people have moved to other parts of the community, because the food has relocated.
  • The Downtown cleaning crew starts early in the morning vacuuming the sidewalks.
  • There is now a centralized intake which does not permit shelters to restrict access to the "hardest to serve" and does not allow immediate discharges from shelters to the streets.
  • Cleveland has developed 560 units of Permanent Supportive Housing and has made an effort to get people who sleep outside into those new apartments.  
  • Cuyahoga County has funded an overnight drop in called the Metanoia Project at St. Malachi for the winters which diverts people from sleeping outside. 
Monday
Aug252014

Domestic Violence in Ohio

The above figures come from the Ohio Attorney General Report on Domestic Violence.  The AG collects stats from all the local police forces to come up with these stats.  We have posted more information on our Research section of our website.

This is from the Ohio Domestic Violence Network advocacy and public policy agency.  These are shelter beds exclusively reserved for people fleeing violence and not shelter beds with dual use purposes.

Monday
Aug042014

Homeless Kids Continue to Rise in Cleveland

Trend is not positive for the homeless children and youth in the Cleveland Metro Schools.  Remember that the Cleveland Schools follow the most logical broadest definition of homelessness which is different than the limited definition that HUD uses for homelessness. Even after the downturn, the number of homeless kids continue to increase in Cleveland. There are almost 4 times as many homeless kids as there were in 2000 in Cleveland.

These stats come from the Cleveland Metropolitan School District Project Act--August 2014.  A school year is defined as July 1 through June 30 of the next year.  For more information 216-592-7405. 

Monday
Jul212014

Evictions Filed Over Last Few Years

From the Cleveland Housing Court statistics distributed at the Cuyahoga Affordable Housing Meeting July 2014.  Scheduled are evictions that are filed and not withdrawn before the court date comes up.  Set outs are when the bailiff is forced to go to the property and escort the household and/or their possessions out of the property.  Some of the set outs involve moving the items into storage other times their possessions are set out onto the curb. 

Saturday
Jul122014

Poverty Changes in Year 2000 to 2010

This chart is from the US Census Bureau and measures the percentage change in Poverty between the year 2000 and 2010.

Alabama

10.4

Montana

3.5

Alaska

-0.4

Nebraska

9.3

Arizona

9.4

Nevada

12.9

Arkansas

15.7

New Hampshire

5.2

California

3

New Jersey

3.8

Colorado

11.8

New Mexico

6.1

Connecticut

4.2

New York

1

Delaware

6.6

North Carolina

17.9

Florida

10.3

North Dakota

1.4

Georgia

14.6

Ohio

11.2

Hawaii

-1

Oklahoma

7.1

Idaho

12.4

Oregon

16

Illinois

7.2

Pennsylvania

5.6

Indiana

13.7

Rhode Island

0.7

Iowa

9.2

South Carolina

14.4

Kansas

10.6

South Dakota

3.2

Kentucky

9.4

Tennessee

16

Louisiana

-3.6

Texas

6.2

Maine

10.4

Utah

6

Maryland

2.6

Vermont

5

Massachusetts

3.8

Virginia

5.3

Michigan

13.4

Washington

8.4

Minnesota

6.8

West Virginia

-2.3

Mississippi

7.4

Wisconsin

7.4

Missouri

9.9

Wyoming

1.5