Homeless Veterans in Cleveland

Facts About Veterans Experiencing Homelessness and Living in Povery in Greater Cleveland

  • The local Homeless Management Information System states that in 2010, 457 veterans in Cuyahoga County used the emergency shelter system out of the 4,500 people entering shelters that year.
  •  According to the Cuyahoga County Office of Homeless Services, there were 121 veterans who used the transitional shelters in Cuyahoga County in 2010.
  • NEOCH estimates that there are 1,600 to 1,800 veteran families that struggle with housing in Cuyahoga County based on HUD and 2009 U.S. Census American Community Service data.
  • The Project CHALLENG data list 2,369 homeless veterans in 2009 in the state of Ohio. Using the Census figure that one fourth of impoverished people in Ohio live in Cuyahoga County and this statistic, 529 homeless veterans lived in Cuyahoga County in 2009.
  • According to the Veterans Administration and the U.S. Census 2009 Community Survey, there were 66,569 veterans living below poverty in the State of Ohio in 2009.
  • It is estimated based on HUD studies that 6,650 veterans struggle with their housing annually in Ohio.
  • According to state poverty numbers provided by the U.S. Census, 16,600 veterans live below the poverty line in Cuyahoga County.
  • The Veterans Administration Medical Center estimates that in 2008, 25% of Northeast Ohio Veterans used the VA Homeless Services.
  • 85% of homeless veterans completed high school.
  • According to the local Veterans Administration medical unit, 76% of the homeless veterans experience alcohol, drug, or mental health problems; 46% are white males; and 46% are age 45 or older
  • According to the trends from surveys of homeless outreach programs clients reported as part of the North East Program Evaluation Center in 2010, those veterans entering homelessness today are younger than veterans in previous eras. In addition, they have spent less time homeless and have had fewer episodes of homelessness.
  • Current homeless veterans are more likely to be diagnosed with serious psychiatric problems, especially Post Traumatic Stress.

Published August 7, 2012 by the Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless