Voting Increases Among Homeless

            Every shelter, in cooperation with the Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless worked to register and transport homeless people to vote on November 2, 2004. Brian Davis, director of NEOCH, said “I am confident that nearly every person who was homeless on Nov. 2 was asked if they had voted, if they wanted to vote, and if they needed help with transportation.”

            NEOCH had 70 volunteers on election day who provided transportation. NEOCH registered nearly 400 people. We transported over 300 people on election day. Along with our efforts, we know at least 1015 additional people voted from the shelters. There were also 9 shelters from which we could not get voting numbers. Bottom line is that homeless people did vote in Cleveland this last presidential election. Davis said, “ We hope to translate this political involvement into a recognized political constituency within the community.”

Homeless Voting Statistics From Area Shelters

November 2, 2004

Shelter       

Number of Voters

          Number of people

at shelter on 11/2/04

These shelters responded 

 

 

Lakeside Shelter

Angeline Christian Home

Continue Inn

City Mission  

East Side Catholic Shelter 

Family Transitional Housing Inc

Harbor Light Complex

Hitchcock Center for Women

Hospitality Network

Josephs Home

Mental Health Services

New Life Community

Salvation Army - Willson Housing

Salvation Army - Pass

St. Herman's House of Hospitality

Stella Maris

Transitional Housing, Inc.

Community Women's Shelter

Volunteer's of America

Y-Haven - East & West

West Side Catholic Center

VOA - Veteran Resource Center

319

5

6

25

28

28

3

41

4

7-8

26

9

39

42

30-32

31

8-9

About 63

25

105

10

50

535

9

9

35

35

28

6

56

5 families

11

50

10

65

70

30-40

42

11

105

50

123

16

50

Estimates based on 50% participation--Shelters that did not respond to repeated calls

Number of Voters

          Number of people

at shelter on 11/2/04

Zelma George Shelter

Willson Tower Transitional                 

                                                           Hitchcock Center

Domestic Violence Shelter

Laurels Home       

32

33

12

29

5

75
66

25

58

10

Total Documented Voters 1015

Copyright NEOCH, The Homeless Grapevine #68, February 2005. All Rights Reserved.