About a dozen women showed up and eight got up the courage to speak out about the treatment that they were receiving over at the shelter. These brave women talked about the inability to get bed rest even for those with high risk pregnancy. They talked about the inability to get food when the shelter runs out of food out of fear of being put in time out for bringing food into the facility. They are upset over the services offered at the men's shelter and the lack of services at the men's shelter. The women were angry about the disrepect shown them by the staff and the constantly changing rules. We will have more on this hearing in the next few days. Until then, the media has done a good job of covering this issue:
- Scene Magazine posted an article detailing all the problems at the shelter here.
- NewsChannel 5 did a story with interviews outside the shelter on the night before the hearing with our staff Ramona.
- They did a follow up piece on with interviews from Frontline Services and EDEN inc.
- The Plain Dealer covered the story today and gave a summary of the issues discussed at the shelter.
Council PresidentDan Brady was gracious in meeting with the women the day before the hearing and then talking to the women after the committee meeting. He agreed to attend the Homeless Congress next week and asked for documents from County staff regarding the shelter. We hope that this is the start of a conversation to force improvements at the "House of Payne." It is long overdue for an overhaul.
The County should post the video from the hearing at this location http://council.cuyahogacounty.us///en-US/20160504HHSA.aspx.
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