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Percentage "Diverted" from the Shelters

These graphs represent the Quarters ending in July of 2014 and come from the Homeless Management Information System in Cleveland and the Cleveland Mediation Center staff.  These are unique single individuals and families who did an assessment at Coordinated intake (both male and female) and referred outside the shelter system to housing and not a shelter bed.  The quarters cannot be added together to get a full year picture, because some might be duplicates.

Brian Davis


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. 

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.


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. 


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.