Facts Supporting the Housing Crisis in Cuyahoga County

  • The National Low Income Housing Coalition reports in 2011 that housing is becoming more “Out of Reach” for residents. They estimated that a household must work 55 hours at a wage of $13.52 in order to afford the average two-bedroom apartment.

 

  • The U.S. Conference of Mayors reported that in 2011 the number of people homeless in the city of Cleveland increased by 21%. In addition it was reported that the monthly foreclosure rate was 1 in 472 units in 2011. Also 1,172 individuals were living in emergency shelters every night in 2011.

 

  • According to the US Census American Community Survey, 17.9% of the Cuyahoga County population was living in poverty during 2010. Moreover, Cleveland was reported as the second poorest city in the nation.

 

  • According to the recent census, the average renter in Cuyahoga County spends 32.3% of his or her income on rent.

 

  • The Cleveland Housing Courts processed 11,079 evictions in 2010 and 23, 788 evictions in Cuyahoga County.

 

  • At 9.02 foreclosure filings per 1000 people, Cuyahoga County has had the highest filings per 1000 people in the State of Ohio for the past six years as of 2011 according to Ohio Policy Matters.

 

  • The Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority reports that there are 11,184 people on the public housing waiting list as of 2012.

 

  • Every shelter in Cleveland is full every night. The men’s shelter operates an overflow facility during the winter and the women’s shelter has an overflow facility during the summer.

 

  • Cleveland.com reports that Ohio ranks 40th among states in recovering jobs lost during the recession.

 

  • Ohio has ranked fourth in the total number of mortgages with negative or near negative equity in the forth quarter of 2011 according to Cleveland.com.

 

  • According to HousingCleveland.org, nearly 2,000 searches are done on the site every day.

 

  • United Way’s First Call for Help/211 had a 4% increase in calls in Cuyahoga County between 2010 and 2011.

 

  • When the Section 8 (Housing Choice Voucher) program waiting list was opened in 2011, nearly 65,000 unduplicated households claimed eligibility and tried to gain access to the waiting list of 10,000 names.  It will most likely take until 2017 to get through those names.