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Disabling Condition upon Entry in Shelter 

This is self declared at the time of entry into shelter.  These statistics are from the Office of Homeless Services in Cuyahoga County and are from October 1, 2015 to September 30, 2016. 


Race of those Seeking Shelter in Cleveland

This comes from the Office of Homeless Services for Cleveland/Cuyahoga County for October 1, 2015 to September 30, 2016.  It does not include those individuals or families who requested shelter but were given alternatives and never took a bed in the shelters.  The African American population of Cuyahoga County is around 30%.


Families Diverted from Shelter

From the Cuyahoga County Office of Homeless Services.  Diversion can mean that they were placed back with family or housing other than shelter. 


Emergency Shelter Count for Cuyahoga County

It is easy to assume that we have seen a significant decrease in homelessness and proclaim a victory.  This would be an incorrect assessment of the above information.  Cuyahoga County has seen the closure of 440 beds in the last 15 years, and 148 beds between 2014 and 2016.  We have basically eliminated transitional shelters in Cuyahoga County.  While this is a count of emergency shelter, the number of transitional shelters has an impact on the emergency shelters.  A transitional shelter bed is filled 2 to 3 times a year and then frees up an emergency bed.  It is harder to count people if no bed exists.  It is also harder to count people in overflow spaces in church basements and gymnasiums.  We lost 21% of the beds in Cuyahoga County for homeless people and yet the emergency shelter count only decreased by 7%.  The reality is that if we opened a 200 bed shelter in Cuyahoga County that was fairly decent with beds, we could fill it within a week. 

Brian Davis

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Poverty in the City of Cleveland

Data from the US Census 2014 American Community Survey

As compiled by the United Way of Greater Cleveland