Homelessness in Cuyahoga County 2010

2010 Executive Summary 

  • Estimated number of homeless people in 2009 was 20,922 (a small increase).
  • Cuyahoga County residents living in poverty in 2009: 209,216 people or 16.4% of the population—a slight increase from 15.9% in 2008.
  • Cleveland Housing Court evictions 2010—11,200 (a slight decrease).
  • Because of the stimulus funding, the average length of shelter stay decreased in 2010 with now 56% of the population staying for less than one month.
  • Foreclosures filings dropped in Cuyahoga County in 2010: 12,825 (mostly due to the moratorium called as a result of the robo-signing scandal).
  • 11% increase overall in calls to 211, and a 14% increase in calls regarding sleeping in a homeless shelter.
  • With the renewals of the housing vouchers through Shelter Plus Care, Cuyahoga County received $24,226,000 from the Federal Continuum of Care program in 2010 (allocated in 2011)—a 4.3% increase from FY 2009.
  • Cuyahoga County received $13,759,000 in federal stimulus dollars to prevent evictions and quickly move households back into housing in 2009.  County and the local non-profits spent $6,377,000 in 2010.
  • The need for affordable housing according to HUD:  45,000 households.
  • 85% of the sheltered homeless population in Cuyahoga County disproportionately comes from a minority population.
  • The total public assistance in Cuyahoga County for shelters and homeless services for 2010 was $40.8 million because of the stimulus funding.
  • The Lakeside Shelter had an average of 387 people per night (there are 365 beds at the shelter).  6% of the population were discharged from a prison to the shelter in 2010.
  • 55% of those leaving a transitional shelter go into some form of permanent housing in 2010.
  • To afford a one bedroom apartment at the market level, a person must make $1,877 per month or $11.73 per hour.
  • The Veterans Administration is reporting that veterans entering homelessness are younger than in past eras, they are more likely diagnosed with serious psychiatric problems such as PTSD, but have fewer episodes and spend less time homeless.
  • HousingCleveland.org, housing search website, experienced a 16% increase in usage in 2010 to 97,300 unique users.
  • All family programs reported an increase in the number of homeless families seeking help, and those families are staying longer in shelter.  For example, West Side Catholic reported an 18% increase in 2010.
  • The Cleveland Foodbank reported a 50% increase in the amount of food they distributed over the last two years.