Looking at the numbers above, which demonstrate a decreased number of individuals in shelter, it is tempting to think that we are doing a good job in reducing homelessness. However, in recent years Cleveland has lost 444 shelter beds. In 2014-2015 alone, we lost over 40 beds. Therefore, serving 8,000+ people in shelter is simply no longer possible. The reduced numbers of people in shelter may be a good sign, but may also simply be a result of reduced numbers of beds.
Source: Cuyahoga County Office of Homeless Services System Performance Measures May 2015