Updated Street Card Published

The Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless announced the publication of the Homeless Street Card for 2018.  We are so thankful to University Hospitals for sponsoring this years printing.  The Homeless Street Card is a front and back piece of paper updated every year that contains extensive information on resources such as shelters, meal sites, job training agencies, health clinics, chemical dependency services and drop in centers. This valuable and convenient resource makes it easy for homeless individuals to find the assistance they need to get out of their situation

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Updated Veteran's Street Card Published

Be on the Look Out! – Updated Vet Street Card

Ever wonder what services are available to homeless veterans?  Do you know a veteran who is facing homelessness?  There is help!  The new Veteran’s Edition of the Street Card is a publication of the Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless and is updated every year.  This one page card has been published on the website and can be found here:  /street-card/

The new edition lists every agency which helps veterans in the Greater Cleveland and surrounding areas. It’s a valuable document for those experiencing homelessness.  You are welcome to print copies and hand them out to veterans that you know.  It features the National Call Center for Homeless Veterans which has a toll free number, and the ability to use Live 24/7 chat to connect with them.

The new Veterans Street card is front and back and lists agencies in the Downtown, South, West and East sides of town.  It provides bus routes and important telephone numbers for veterans.  Every agency that a homeless veteran will need access to can be found on this card including finding Shelter and receiving benefits.  This is a great tool for Outreach Workers to use when they are out serving the homeless population.   All of the programs listed help veterans directly without a referral.  NEOCH is currently working to update the standard Street Card as well as the Family Street Card.  All of the Street Cards are available on the NEOCH website.  

by Denise Moore

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Hotcards Prints Street Cards

Homeless Street Card Available to Direct Homeless People to Places that Can Help

        The Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless announced the publication of the Homeless Street Card for 2015 to 2016.  We are so thankful to Hotcards for stepping forward and printing this one page resource guide after the Cleveland Clinic turned down our request.   The Homeless Street Card is a front and back piece of paper updated every year that contains extensive information on resources such as shelters, meal sites, job training agencies, health clinics, chemical dependency services and drop in centers. This valuable and convenient resource makes it easy for homeless individuals to find the assistance they need to get out of their situation.

        It is easy to read, regularly updated, and can be folded up to carry around. Through the generosity of Hotcards, we were able to print 10,000 Homeless Street Cards and have begun to distribute to individuals, shelters, hospitals, schools, police stations, and libraries. Hotcards did an amazing job this year printing the Street Card on durable and bright paper.  We believe that this is the nicest version of the Street Card that we have ever printed over the last 26 years in Cleveland.  Hotcards does custom flyers, full color brochures, business cards, event tickets, custom postcards, door hangers and political printing and can be found at www.hotcards.com.

       Many use our website to download and print out copies of the Street Card at /street-card/. It is the most popular section of our website.  We will post a shorter version of the Street Card on our website for those who do not have the legal sized paper available.   In addition, NEOCH has a Family Street Card and Veteran’s Street Card on our website to print and distribute.  We hope that these one page guides will shorten a person's stay on the streets or in the shelters.  We hope that they can use this resource guide to move out of homelessness quickly.  With all the changes that take place with programs opening and closing it is important to have a trusted resource guide available to assist homeless people.

Brian Davis

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We Need Help Printing Our Homeless Street Card

Cleveland Clinic Dropped a 25 Year Tradition of Collaboration

The Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless is looking for help printing 10,000 copies of the Homeless Street Card.  These are a one sheet (front and back) list of important phone numbers and contact information for every social service provider who can help homeless people in the community.  It features the meal programs, health care facilities and all the help lines for drug and alcohol addiction.  We give them out in 75 locations throughout the community such as libraries, hospitals, shelters, and police stations.   We were informed on September 14 by the Cleveland Clinic that they exhausted their charitable dollars before June 3, 2015 (the day we sent our first request) and therefore could not print the Street Card this year.

For the past 25 years, the hospitals have rotated printing the card with one year MetroHealth then the next year University Hospital and finally Cleveland Clinic accepting the cost of printing.  Even during the recession and downturn when some of the hospitals were making huge cutbacks, they still maintained their commitment to this important publication.  It is one of the most important sheets of information for those who do not have a smart phone or easy access to a computer.  Chris Abood, the director of Community Partnership and Employee Engagement, gave a list of the services that they provide to homeless, underserved and disabled and said, “In short, urban Cleveland has been the focus for many years and our range of services, at no charge and above and beyond health care, are substantial.”  This leaves the Coalition without a way to print the 10,000 copies of the double sided Street Card so late in the year.   NEOCH wishes that the Clinic would have told us back in June that they did not have the funds to print the Street Card so we would have had an extra three months to search for a new donor. 

It typically only costs $900 to print the Street Card, but some of the hospitals do it internally and then we just pick up the finished product when they are done.  We thank the entity that prints the Street Card by adding their logo to the Card and thank them on our website.  The card is so valuable to direct homeless people to local health clinics and not to the emergency room.  The Street Card helps low income people find a local hot meal program, and can help find a warm place out of the cold.  We need your help to print the 2015-16 version of the Street Card.  Contact Brian Davis at the Homeless Coalition if you want to help.

by Brian Davis

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Street Card Updated

The new version of the Street Card and the Veteran Street Card are now posted on the NEOCH website here.  We are updating it in winter because the Coordinated Intake moved from the shelters to 1736 Superior on the second Floor.  They will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. everyday.  After hours men go to 2100 Lakeside and women go to 2227 Payne Ave and families call 2-1-1.  This is a big move that should be great for many who are weary of going to shelter.  We put all this on the Street Card and is available to print out.  We felt that the Coordinated Intake move is so huge that we had to update the Street Card at the 6 month mark.  We are still working on a printing strategy. 

For those who do not know, the Street Card is a one page document of all the services available to homeless people directly from the street.  This front and back page is easy to give out to homeless people and lists everything that is available without a referral.  It lists weekly and daily food, legal, housing, counseling and other important numbers. We have published a Street Card in Cleveland for 26 years and typically update it in the summer.  This is the first year we did an interim update because of the move of Coordinated Intake to the Second Floor of the Cosgrove Center.

Brian Davis

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Street Card Available and On the Streets

Thanks to University Hospitals for Printing the 2014 Street Card

The Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless (NEOCH) has updated its comprehensive guide to homeless services for homeless people known as the Homeless Street Card for the twenty first year. The Cuyahoga County Homeless Street Card is probably the most valuable resource produced by the Homeless Coalition.  It is a front and back piece of paper that contains extensive, up-to-date information on resources such as shelters, meal sites, job training agencies, health clinics, chemical dependency services and other assistance programs.  The Homeless Street Card lists all the services available to those without housing and must be accessible right from the streets.  They can fold it up and put it into a pocket or purse to carry around for reference. The Homeless Street Card also lists bus routes to get to some of these services as well as information on how to get identification.

We have seen dramatic changes in the world of social services with consolidations and the closures of shelters and homeless providers. Now, we have the Coordinated intake in Cleveland for finding shelter and services it is even more important that there is a document to assist people in finding help.  Typically, it is the key to finding food, shelter, and many other services that are critical to the persons’ circumstances.  The Homeless Street Card lists all the services available to homeless people who need assistance right off the streets without appointment or referral.

Through the generocity of University Hospitals, we were able to print 10,000 Homeless Street Cards and have begun to distribute to individuals, shelters, hospitals, schools, police stations, and libraries.  We hope that this one page guide will shorten a person's stay on the streets or in the shelters.  We hope that they can use this resource guide to move out of homelessness quickly.

 The most popular part of the NEOCH website is the page with our Street Cards (www.neoch.org/street_card.htm). On the website, we have also posted a shorter version of the Street Card which can be printed out on regular letter sized paper.   The organization also publishes a Veteran's Street Card for any homeless person who served in the US Military and a Family Street Card for the fastest growing population families.  NEOCH encourages people or agencies to make as many copies as possible and to distribute them to those in need. The newest edition of the Cuyahoga County Homeless Street Card can be downloaded for free at / under Resources/Street Card.  NEOCH can also mail a few copies by calling 216/432.0540.

Brian Davis

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Why Give To NEOCH on This #GivingTuesday?

The Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless is a valuable essential service in Cleveland.  We have:

  • Kept advocacy that has an impact on homeless people such as the Change.org petition to protect the privacy rights of homeless people in the community. 
  • Regularly updated the Homeless Street Card as a resource for those on the streets of Cleveland to direct them to the services available in the community.  
  • Marketed HousingCleveland.org to other Counties and it is regularly used by 100 housing case workers every month and 153 unique users a day conducting 57,000 searches in the last 28 days. 
  • We host the Homeless Memorial Day on December 21 every year for the last 26 years to remember those who were homeless and passed away. 

We would appreciate a donation to NEOCH to support our work.   You can send a donation, make a donation on our website or contribute through Community Shares as part of your workplace giving program.  

  • A $25 donation helps us to register or help with a change of address card for 30 homeless people in order for them to be able to vote and participate in Democracy.
  • A $50 donation can provide a formerly homeless person to a local school in an attempt to dispel some of the myths regarding homelessness in our Street Voices program.
  • A $100 donation can provide an all day bus pass to 20 people to attend our Homeless Congress meeting so that they can meet with elected officials and bureaucrats.  
  • A $200 donation can print 2,000 specialty Street Cards such as our Family Street Card or the Veterans Street Card which has specific information for a growing population in our community.

NEOCH attempts to be as transparent as possible by putting our tax return and Annual Reports on our website.   We have always been good stewards of local resources and have a strong oversight board that maintains integrity of the organization. Please support social justice for homeless people in Cleveland with a donation.

Brian Davis

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Street Card Published and Available

After a long delay the updated Street Card is out and on the streets.  We have published the new Street Card and made it available on our website.  This was the most difficult update of the Street Card in the last 20 years.   We have been trying to figure out how to incorporate the new Coordinated intake with access to the shelters.  There were rumors that the Central Intake for families was moving and we did not want the Street Card to be published with incorrect information. There were major changes over the last year with the loss of a number of agencies that went out of business or were merged. 

Thanks to MetroHealth Hospital for printing the Street Card this year.  Every year, we ask that the major hospitals take turns in printing the Street Card.  The most popular section of our website is the Street Card page.   We are working on an update of the Family Street Card as well.  It should be done at the end of the month.  We have been producing the Street Card for over 20 years.  It is a two page document (front and back) that a person staying outside can carry around to see where to go for help.   This has information about every place that will accept a person as they walk in off the streets. 

It features shelters, legal programs, meal sites, health clinics and drop in centers locally.   We also have a Veterans Street Card available that was updated in January of 2013. 

Brian Davis

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Veterans Street Card

We have published the updated Veterans Street Card this month.  With the new funding for ending homelessness among veterans a great deal has changed over the last year.  The new Veteran's Street Card includes the 1-800 number for those need help.  There is the new Family Services grant for Mental Health Services and the new Central Resource Center that opened for Veterans are all on the new Street Card.  Feel free to print out the Street Card and make as many copies as you want.   The Street Card has all the services available to veterans on one piece of paper.  It has bus routes to the facilities and gives an overview of the services at each facility.  

My staff and I got to tour the new Central Resource Center for the VA.  It is located at a newly renovated building at 7000 Euclid Ave.   The paint is still fresh and the furniture has yet to be broken in.   They have space for community groups to come in and consult with veterans.  The VA staff would prefer that newly homeless individuals start their path back to stability.  The facility is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and they encourage veterans and those who work with veterans to send them over if they need help.  All of the diverse programs that the Veterans Administration oversees from medical to treatment to employment assistance can all be accessed through this Center.   Even non VA funded projects that serve Veterans such as the Veterans Service Commission and VOA veterans programs can be found at the Center.  They are building their programming and their schedule for partners utilizing the site.   There are veterans meeting at the facility regularly and the place has not even been open one month. It is a nice entry point for those who gave a piece of their life to defend and protect the Constitution as a member of the US Military.  I would have liked to see a similar pleasant atmosphere for the non-veterans Central Intake site instead of locating it in a shelter as we have done in Cleveland, but the veterans have a really nice facility.

Brian Davis

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