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Added More Bridge Support, Street Card Update and a Stand Down Page

We have placed more Bridge Support newsletters for outreach teams and volunteers.  This is our weekly newsletter for keeping people informed about program updates and service bulletins.

We have updated the Homeless Street Card to reflect the introduction of the Coordinated Intake move to 1736 Superior Ave. on February 24, 2015.  We have a pdf version and a Word version that you can print out and distribute.  This is the most popular page on our website. 

We have added a new page under our Program section on the Homeless Stand Down. This includes statistics from the last year and photos from the previous three years.   We have also put together a history of the Stand Down on its own page with photos from the past.  This was put together by William and details the quarter century of Stand Downs in Greater Cleveland. 


Added Issue #77, Bridge Support, New Stats, Legal Assistance Schedule, Homeless Congress Priorities

We have added Issue #77 to the Grapevine archive.  This might be one of the best papers in our history. It features the first Homeless Congress meeting and a long interview with the Mayor of Cleveland.  It talks about the Truth Commission in Cleveland and the loss of the Community Legal Services at LMM.  There is local and national news briefs and a Commentary by Michael Stoops.  It features some really good journalism and homeless statistics.

We have added three more copies of the Bridge Support newsletter. 

We have added a five year look at homeless shelter populations in Cleveland with stats from the Office of Homeless Services.

We added the Homeless Legal Assistance schedule for 2015 as best we could piece together.  We have lost a couple of clinics over the last year.

Finally, we have added the priority items for the Homeless Congress in Cleveland.  These are the seven issues that the Homeless Congress members want to focus attention.  This was voted on by a consensus of homeless people in Cleveland in February 2015.


Added Issue #81, Bridge Support and New Video on Front

Issue #81 was packed full of information.  There was information about hate crimes, local news as well as national news.  There are a number of articles about young people learning about homelessness and poverty.  Michael Stoops wrote an article for the paper and a commentary about the House of Blues from a vendor. There are reviews of meal programs, a look at the work of the Homeless Congress, and a look at the problems at a shelter in Columbus.  This issue was on the streets in June 2007 and a commentary about the need for universal access to shelter was also included in this issue. 

We added all the newsletters for the Outreach Workers called the Bridge Support for 2014.  There were 39 issues in 2014 and we added a folder with the older issues in a folder.  We also added the first two issues from 2015 to the website.

Finally, we added a new video on the front page of Denise, our outreach worker. She talks about how important outreach is to the community.


Added Issue 76, A New Video on the Front Page, and 2013 Eviction Stats

Added a summary of the Evictions from 2013 for all the municipal courts in Cuyahoga County and the big communities in Ohio.  This is a good indicator because a certain percentage of those evicted become homeless during the following year.  We also have a new video from our NEOCH Youtube channel featuring Jim Schlect.  He talks about the importance of outreach in Cleveland, and we posted the video on the front of the website as well as on our blog. Also check out the new holiday logo to celebrate Martin Luther King's birthday. 

We also added Issue 76 to our Grapevine archive.  This issue was published in June of 2006, and there were a number of stories about the changes at Laura's Home privately funded shelters.  There was a discussion about universal coverage expansion.   The Office of Homeless Service Advisory responded to an article from the previous issue and then the Grapevine staff translated the letter.  We posted a commentary about Domestic Violence in Cleveland.  There are local homeless news as well as national news highlights in this issue as well.


Added Issue 74 and Award Winner Section of the Site

We have added an Award Winner section of the website.  This goes back to 2000 and highlights the awards NEOCH has given out every year.  We typically give out an Advocate of the Year and Volunteer of the Year award every year.  We have given out Media Personality of the Year Award and Voting Awards in the past. We will add the Ione Biggs Award Winner's Profile in the near future.

We have also added Issue #74 to the Grapevine archive.  This was in January of 2005, when a new Mayor was taking over at City Hall.  There are a number of letters and commentaries asking for new initiatives from the Mayor.  We go through the funding of the shelters locally and the Continuum of Care in this issue.  There was a story about the introduction of the Housing Cleveland website and a commentary about how re-entry folks often face discrimination.  There was the publication of the results of a survey about the street newspaper from readers.  A bill to end long term homelessness was introduced this week and Lydia Bailey provided a good overview of homelessness.