We are living a society that has made an unconscionable decision to allow homelessness to exist. Human beings crowd into single room apartments, shelters and under bridges to survive. We estimate 23,000 people in our community struggle with homelessness in Northeast Ohio. Together, we can change this history.Read More
We hosted 24 Outreach Collaborative meetings to coordinate outreach services to the two hundred shelter resistance people experiencing homelessness in our community
We gave 200 people boots, 105 pairs of tennis shoes, 70 tents, 15,000 pairs of socks.
We housed and/or prevented evictions for 120 people.
Our Outreach Coordination Collaborative key participants had help people over 30,160 times and supported an estimated 4,000 unique individuals.
During the Polar Vortex, we advocated for 24 hour drop in center, hosted four emergency conference calls to identify and schedule multiple outreach visits to people at risk of freezing to death.
On March 21st, 2019, NEOCH hosted our 2019 annual meeting entitled, Reclaim and Recommit, Protect Fair Housing and End Homelessness - Housing is a Human Right!
One hundred people came to support our work, celebrate our successes, and dream a world of justice and without homelessness. We centered the voices of those experiencing homelessness in our work. If we are going to end homelessness, people with lived experience or are currently living it are going to have to lead the way.Read More
The Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless is seeking a dynamic individual who supports our mission to end homelessness, has excellent technical writing skills, very detail-oriented, and can work effectively with a team and individually. This position is in collaboration with Think-Tank Inc.Read More
The Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless is excited to announce new and engaging training opportunities for 2019. Thanks to the Callahan Foundation, we have been able to expand our training portfolio this year. We are using this support to address broader needs in our community that have been identified by our members. We hope that you can take advantage of these opportunities. Let us educate ourselves and do our best to engage people living in crisis with the deepest dignity and respect.Read More
Register now for our Understanding Racism and Managing Unconscious Bias workshop. The class is Friday, May 3, 2019, from 10am to 3pm. The training cost is $20 for participants and $30 for those who want CEU credits for social workers (to be confirmed). The workshop is held at NEOCH's office (3631 Perkins Ave. Cleveland, Ohio 44113) Call us for more information (216) 432-0540. Make sure you sign up below.Read More
This workshop is directed at staff of agencies (social workers, case workers and advocates) working with very low income and homeless populations. The workshop training focuses on all aspects of obtaining and maintaining housing and shelter for their clients. The training includes landlord/tenant and fair housing laws which can help clients maintain housing and take appropriate steps should there be a fair housing complaint or discrimination or inappropriate landlord behavior.Read More
The workshop will have a focus on subsidized housing but will also discuss fair housing issues that touch on private rental housing and criminal background screening as well.
Cleveland Lead Advocates for Safe Housing (CLASH) released today their proposed ballot initiative to require that all city rental properties be tested for lead hazards and be certified as “lead safe.” If Cleveland City Council declines to pass the proposed ordinance, its passage will be sought this November through the process outlined in Chapter 7 of the City of Cleveland Charter requiring 5,000 signatures and a public vote.Read More
On Thursday, January 24, as elected officials and developers break ground to celebrate the construction of the $60 million Church+State development on Detroit Avenue, community members and local activists will gather in opposition to yet another high-end development on the Near West Side of Cleveland.Read More
NEOCH is coordinating outreach efforts to find people on the street and offer transportation to shelter. We have been in contact with outreach workers, who are warning people of the cold weather and will be outside on the coldest nights to check on people and work with them to get into shelter. Read here for more info.Read More
Locally, the Shutdown has impacted a series of homeless services. Including the West side Catholic Center, Front Steps, Permanent Supporting housing for Young Adults. The first quarter total impact has been $2,079,644.Read More
NEOCH will continue to take action to defend the rights and dignity of these people experiencing the crisis of homelessness. The 24-hour notice has put our work into a frenzy to try to make sure our clients are not arrested and/or targeted by the Cleveland Metroparks police force.Read More
Register now for our LGBT 101: Cultural Competency Training and Trans 101. The class is Friday, March 1, 2019, from 10am to 3pm. The training cost is $20 for participants and $30 for those who want CEU credits for social workers (to be confirmed) . The workshop is held at NEOCH's office (3631 Perkins Ave. Cleveland, Ohio 44113) Call us for more information (216) 432-0540. Make sure you sign up below.Read More
ON THE FIRST DAY OF WINTER AND THE LONGEST NIGHT OF THE YEAR, COMMUNITY ACTIVISTS, HOMELESS SERVICE PROVIDERS, AND HOMELESS MEN AND WOMEN GATHERED TO REMEMBER THOSE WHO DIED IN THE HOMELESS COMMUNITY IN 2018.Read More
Register now for our Organizing for Collective Action workshop. The class is Friday, March 15, 2019, from 10am to 3pm. The training cost is free for participants. The workshop is held at NEOCH's office (3631 Perkins Ave. Cleveland, Ohio 44113) Call us for more information (216) 432-0540. Make sure you sign up below.Read More
The 2018 Street Card hits the streets this week. This is a publication of the Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless to inform people experiencing homelessness of the services in our community. This year, we give our appreciation to the Cleveland Clinic for printing the Street Card.Read More
The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has ordered emergency relief that will protect the right to vote for countless Ohioans who were unlawfully purged from the voter rolls.
The Court noted that Ohio, for years, has been purging voters from the registration rolls using notices that likely violate the requirements of the National Voter Registration Act (“NVRA”). It ordered Ohio to count ballots cast by certain Ohio residents purged pursuant to a practice known as the Supplemental Process, which results in removals when a voter has not cast a ballot or engaged in other election activity for a period of six years.
“Today’s ruling will allow Ohio voters—who would have been unlawfully disenfranchised—to cast their ballot this November,” said Stuart Naifeh, Senior Counsel at Demos. “In a state where elections have been won or lost by only one vote, protecting the right of eligible voters to have their voices heard will uphold the fundamental principles on which our democracy is supposed to operate.”
The relief ordered, known as the APRI Exception, requires that individuals who have been purged have their provisional ballots counted if the voter (1) appears in person to vote during early voting or on Election Day, (2) was removed from the registration rolls in or since 2011, and (3) did not become ineligible to vote for another reason subsequent to the time they were purged. Exceptions to the in-person voting requirement exist for uniformed, overseas, sick, and disabled voters who are unable to make it to the polls.
“Black, low-income, and other traditionally marginalized voters have been disproportionately removed under Ohio’s purge practice,” said Andre Washington, President of the Ohio A. Philip Randolph Institute (APRI). “Illegally removing these individuals from the voter rolls and disenfranchising them prevents Ohio from creating a truly inclusive and representative democracy—one where all its citizens have an equal chance to make their voices heard.”
“This has been a hard-fought victory for Ohio voters,” said Freda Levenson, legal director for the ACLU of Ohio. “We are thrilled that the Sixth Circuit responded to this emergency, and ruled to allow unlawfully-purged voters to vote this November. Turnout next week could break historic records. This decision allows eligible voters to participate. This is a bright moment for democracy.”
The relief ordered does not end the Sixth Circuit’s review of the case. The Court is slated to consider the full merits of whether Ohio violated the NVRA’s notice requirements.
“Today’s decision will protect the right of housing-insecure persons to cast a ballot in November and have their votes counted,” said Chris Knestrick, Director of the Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless (NEOCH). “We will continue to fight to ensure that no person is unlawfully removed from the voter rolls and denied their fundamental right to vote.”
Despite the ‘renaissance’ in Cleveland, people still struggle to live a dignified life. 46% of the people in Cleveland live in poverty and 23,000 people experience homelessness. Join us to learn more! This panel discussion that will center the perspectives of people with lived experience of homelessness and community leaders advocating for change.Read More
On September 25, National Voter Registration Day 2018. The Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless (NEOCH), in partnership with Cleveland Votes, will make a strong push to register homeless voters before the November elections.Read More