We added Homeless Grapevine #28 to the Archive. It was published on the streets in July of 1998 and featured articles about our victory over the City of Cleveland in the US Appeals Court.
We added a new archive to the Homeless Grapvine Issue #27. This was on the streets in May 1998, and featured stories about shelters in Cleveland.
We posted a new page on What to do if you become homeless in Cleveland? This page describes the new process for entering the shelters. This will give those who become homeless a chance to quickly get settled back into housing. The news Cetnral Intake system allows people to go to one of two shelters in order to access any shelter or homeless service.
We have added the list of the 100 poorest cities in the United States. Cleveland is the fifth poorest city in the United States. Toledo and Cincinnati are the 12th and 13th poorest cities respectively. These are the rankings of cities.
We also have a new profile in the profiles section about Arthur Price who died a couple of years ago. He was a long time vendor after he overcame cancer.
There are also a number of updates on our blog including a couple of upcoming housing events.
We have added the Street Chronicle distributed on the streets in the spring of 2012. This paper features articles about diversion being implemented at the shelters and an interview with the Director of the Interagency Council on Homelessness in Washington DC, Barb Poppe. This issue features articles from many of the current vendors as well.
We have also posted a Press Release about the new Street Card directed at Veterans who may become homeless. This is the sixth time we have published the Veteran's Street card as a one page resource guide for homeless people to use to find help.
We have added a profile of a former IRS agent, Debbie Lattau who became homeless. She regularly gives back to the community by attending the Homeless Congress meetings. She has volunteered to tell her story to church groups and assists with subcommittee meetings. We also added a story about a women in Cincinnati who found help at the Drop Inn Center, and was thankful that she would not be homeless again. [Archive from 1998.]
We added Grapevine Issue #26 which was sold on the streets of Cleveland in April 1998. It has a number of reviews of Youngstown and Cleveland area shelters.
We also added a summary of homelessness from 2012. We are working on finding new stats for 2012, but these are the stats we gathered from a 2012 Federal Reserve Bank presentation.
We also added a new commentary about voting on our information blog under the voting section.
Added the newsletter to the site under the member section (You must have a password to enter this part of the website.) This newsletter has some of the priority issues in Cuyahoga County that would make a big difference in reducing homelessness. It also lists a good meeting on Monday with the Cuyahoga Affordable Housing meeting on Monday February 4 focusing on evictions. We will have the Cleveland Housing Court staff and the new director of the Cleveland Tenants Organization.
Every year we estimate the number of homeless people based on the poverty figures that the US Census releases. These are the 2011 figures, which are the most recent figures available. We have posted the estimated number of homeless people from select counties in Ohio. This is as accurate as trying to count a mobile population on one day as was done last week by Continuums throughout the United States. That silly exercise is like counting skittles as the fall out of a broken gunball machine. The count is so inaccurate and yet the media reports on the results every year.