Y-Haven a program of the YMCA announced 80 new shelter beds in Cuyahoga County. This will be in the space previously occupied by the Railton House operated by the Salvation Army. Technically, these are not shelter beds, but they are going to be operated similar to the shelters. We will count it as good news for the shelters. According to the Plain Dealer story:
The 80 new slots will be for:
- 40 men who have completed drug treatment, with a priority given to those who are currently homeless and face significant barriers including co-occurring mental health problems and/or criminal histories;
- 40 women, with a focus on those who have recently been released from prison or who are seeking diversion from prison.
It's the first time Y-Haven will offer its services to women, who are the fastest growing demographic in overdose deaths nationwide.
WCPN also covered the story here. This will reduce the number of beds lost in the last decade to 464. It is good that women struggling with addiction will have an alternative to the Women's Shelter on Payne Ave. This will also help with the re-entry population in our community. This is really good news in the community.
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