Find Help for Homelessness
School Contacts for District Young People Age 5-17 Years Old
If your family becomes homeless during the school year, here are the contacts for the homeless liaison in every school district in Cuyahoga County. These liaisons can help with transportation, additional tutoring and resources to make sure that your child's school is not disrupted during this period of homelessness.
The Street Card is a one sheet guide of the services available to homeless people to help them get off the streets. None of the programs listed need a referral. It shows all the shelters, food programs, and health care available. We have a Family and Veterans specific street card. These can be printed out and distributed. There is a shorter version that is easier to print. All are two page (front and back) document that can be folded and put in your pocket for future use.
All Social Service Providers Contact and Information
- United Way’s 2-1-1 (Cuyahoga County) (must call now 216/436-2000)
All Social Service Providers Regional Contacts
- Infoline-Akron 2-1-1 (Summit County)
- 211 Geauga County
- 211 Medina County
- 211 Wayne and Holmes Counties
- 211 Lorain County
- 211 Lake County Helpline
Housing Search Assistant
- HousingCleveland.org--Affordable housing database and search website for Cuyahoga County
- SummitHousingSearch.org--Affordable housing database and search website for Summit County.
- HousingOhio.org is a common website with all the search databases listed.
- HUD Resource Locator is a site/app introduced in August 2015 to help individuals find an inventory of affordable housing subsidized by HUD, an inventory of elderly and disabled housing, and the contacts for the local HUD office and public housing offices.
For entry into shelter in Cuyahoga County between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. weekdays go to 1736 Superior Ave. on the second floor (enter in the front). Everyone who becomes homeless in Cleveland must eventually go to Coordinated Intake to complete the application for assistance. You will be given a shelter bed somewhere in Cuyahoga County if you are need of a place to sleep at night. They will do an assessment and try to find a place for you to stay in Cleveland. They will try to place you with family or friends before offering a space in a shelter. Both men and families have an overflow shelter system while you wait for a regular bed. If you feel unsafe returning to a family or friend's house or apartment, please make that clear to the staff. Cuyahoga County guarantees access to shelter at this time. Phone 216-674-6700 for more information, but that number will require you to leave a message. It is easier to go to the location for help (second floor of the Cosgrove Center drop in/meal site), and Monday is extremely busy.
Families in Need of Shelter
For entry into shelter in Cuyahoga County for families go to 1736 Superior Ave. 8 a.m to 8 p.m. weekdays to get a shelter bed or other assistance. You will be given a shelter bed somewhere in Cuyahoga County if you are need of a place to sleep at night. After 8 p.m. and on the weekend call 2-1-1 and they will find you a place to stay.
Men's Entry Shelter or Central Intake Assistance
On the weekend and after 8 pm for entry into the men's shelter in Cuyahoga County go to 2100 Lakeside Ave. You will be given a shelter bed or be transported to overflow if you are need of a place to sleep at night. If you go directly to the men's shelter after hours, you may need to go to Coordinated Intake during the week to check in.
Women in Need of Shelter or Central Intake Assistance
For entry into shelter after 8 p.m. and on the weekend in Cuyahoga County for women go to 2227 Payne Ave. and you will be offered a place to sleep. We do not turn people away in Cuyahoga County. If you go directly to the women's shelter, you may have to go to Coordinated Intake on Superior during the week to complete the intake application.
Drop In Assistance or Day Shelter
- West Side Catholic Center (West Side)
- Bishop Cosgrove Center (East Side)
- St Malachi Center has a food window and showers available
- St. Augustine in Tremont has a meal
Healthcare for Homeless People
After hours or on the weekend, if you are in need of shelter and identify male go to 2100 Lakeside Ave. at the LMM 2100 Shelter. If you are a woman go to 2227 Payne Ave. at the the Community Women's Shelter. Families must call 2-1-1 and pray that all the stars are aligned for a bed to be open.
For all referral help call 211/First Call for Help by dialing 2-1-1 in Cuyahoga County or 216-436-2000. Or by clicking on their logo below to view their website: