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City of Cleveland and Cuyahoga County Provide More Than $3 Million in Funding to Support the Unhoused Community

Friday, Jan 19, 2024

More Than $1.2 Million in Grant Awards Will Go Towards Rapid Re-housing Efforts Over Next Two Years

Friday, January 19, 2024 — Cleveland — Mayor Justin M. Bibb and Cuyahoga County Executive Chris Ronayne announced awardees of multiple grant programs who will utilize the funding for outreach and engagement, emergency shelters, support services, prevention tactics, and other efforts aimed at improving conditions for the local unhoused community.  In total, 7 local agencies will receive more than $3 million for an array of programming designed to support all individuals – youth, families, and older adults – in unhoused situations.

“Tackling an issue as large and systemic as this requires a more concerted effort – from us here at City Hall to our nonprofit organizations, our philanthropic partners, and other key stakeholders,” said Mayor Bibb.  “My administration is exploring additional ways that we, as civic leaders, can step up and become more directly involved in finding solutions to this problem.  This is just the beginning.  We’re working with a tremendous sense of urgency and have more exciting announcements on the horizon.”

The funding, allocated by the City’s Department of Community Development and the County’s Office of Homeless Services (OHS), will assist individuals with regaining stability by connecting them with permanent housing options following an unhoused situation.  Those receiving grants were the Emerald Development and Economic Network (EDEN), Journey Center for Safety and Healing, Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry, Catholic Charities Corporation, Salvation Army, West Side Catholic Center, and the YWCA of Greater Cleveland.

The awarded agencies will use the money towards programs at the Men’s Shelter, Norma Herr Women’s Center, Bishop Cosgrove Center, St. Augustine Hunger Center, North Point Housing, Moriah House Family Shelter, and the Zelma George Family Shelter.  EDEN will use more than $1.2 million to provide rapid re-housing while the other funds will be used to provide overnight beds, day shelter and meal assistance, domestic violence services, disabilities housing, operational costs support, and other essential care.

“Cuyahoga County is fortunate to partner with many dedicated service agencies who work tirelessly to ensure that anyone experiencing a housing crisis will have the resources and support that they need,” said Executive Ronayne.  “It is crucial, now more than ever to fund these vital programs, and I commend the Ohio Department of Development for its support.”

Last week, the City announced it was opening several of its recreation centers as warming sites in anticipation of the cold weather and have since extended the dates they will be open. More than 100 individuals have utilized the warming sites throughout the week. Anyone seeking overnight shelter should call 2-1-1 who will be able to connect you with a variety of shelter and overnight housing options. The County’s OHS coordinates a continuum of care, which includes prevention, shelter services, and permanent supportive housing.  For more information, visit their webpage.