Final Report on Homeless Voting in the Presidential Election of 2012 in Cleveland, Ohio

Statistics from the Shelters

Voting among the shelters of Cleveland generated some respectable numbers.  This includes emergency shelters, transitional shelters and day shelters.  This does not include the large number of people who registered at the shelter but use a different address to receive mail and vote.  We can only track people who are using the shelters as their address and designate the shelter as their residence with the Board of Elections. The average number of beds are typically adult beds.  The total number of voters in November 6, 2012 were only those who use that address as their voting residence.  There were certainly others who voted but used a family or friends address because that is where they were receiving mail last year. We also found some changed their address a number of times because they were able to find stable housing over the summer.  The number registered last summer are only those who used the shelter address. Click the top link on the title of this page to see the full report.

 

Name of Shelter

Kind of facility (transitional, emergency, day shelter)

Avg. No. of Beds/meals

Total number of voters in 11/2012 at the shelter

No. regist-ered June to Oct. 2012

Number of new registrants who actually voted in 2012

Total Number who are registered at the shelter address

Percentage of newly registered who voted

2100 Lakeside Shelter

Emergency

400

128

208

75

980

36%

Bishop Cosgrove Cntr

Day Shelter

200

4

4

2

19

50%

Continue Life

Emgncy/Transitional

13

13

6

5

28

83%

Family Promise East

Transitional

15

8

11

6

19

55%

Family Promise West

Emergency

9

8

10

8

13

100%

Hitchcock Center

Transitional

41

17

16

9

58

56%

Joseph’s Home

Transitional

11

5

3

1

9

33%

Norma Herr Women

Emergency

130

65

71

36

158

51%

North Point MHS

Transitional

90

36

29

15

143

52%

Salvation Army—Harbor Light

Transitional/ Emergency

200

56

64

33

292

52%

Salvation Army/Y-Haven

Transitional

200

74

46

33

233

72%

St. Herman’s Shelter

Emergency

8

2

1

1

8

100%

Transitional Housing

Transitional

62

25

6

4

58

66%

Veterans Affairs TA

Transitional

25

10

9

9

14

100%

VOA—Domiciliary

Transitional

130

5

7

2

11

29%

VOA—152nd St.

Transitional

53

15

11

7

44

64%

VOA—Walton

Emgncy/Transitional

55

9

15

7

51

47%

West Side Catholic**

Emgncy/Transitional /Day shelter

130

31

27

11

163

41%

Total

 

1673

511

544

264

2,301

49%

NEOCH

N/A

n/a

295

324

301

n/a

93%

 

** West Side Catholic is both a shelter and a drop in center in which people use their location as mailing address.  There are many other homeless people living in the shelters who voted but did not use the shelter address.