Still Missing Cuyahoga County Council

Despite the rumours to the contrary the Community Women's shelter is still in need a dramatic reform. Staff have not been trained properly and are still disrespectful.  Grievances are not followed up on, and management dismiss the concerns of the women.  We are so thankful to have heard from Councilman Dale Miller in January, but we want to hear from the others.  We want them to visit the shelter at 9:30 p.m to see the devastating conditions that they fund.  If County staff are saying that we are exaggerating the number of people sleeping in the shelter, then the County Council members should take the time to go over to the shelter at 9:30 p.m. and count the number of women sleeping there.  Sit down with them and talk about the issues in confidence to avoid retaliation problems.  We want to meet with the women who live in the shelter and tell them to their faces that they are exaggerating the extent of the problem as was said at the January 20 meeting by County staff.  We want them to come to the Homeless Congress meetings to hear directly from County taxpayers forced to stay in the shelter. Congress meets on the second Thursday of the month at 1 p.m. at Cosgrove Center.  Now, that the Council has a larger salary, how about going out to some of the facilities you fund to see how they operate and if you are proud of the services being offered?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

by Brian Davis

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PS: Putting 30 more beds into an already overcrowded shelter with staff who have lost all compassion is not helpful.

Proposals to Improve the Conditions in the Shelters

Passed on August 8, 2013 at a Homeless Congress meeting, a new shelter standards proposal was drafted and agreed upon. This proposal outlines the most essential shelter standards suggested by the Homeless Congress at earlier meetings. At that meeting, the Congress had drawn up a list of ideal, or “dream” shelter standards to be considered. This list was entirely comprehensive and went into great detail about the changes that needed to be made in the shelters. However, in order to be practical, the Congress cut down the length and forewent some of the originally proposed standards to appease City Council. As a result, a compromise was struck and a new proposal resulted. The original dream standards are nonetheless great reference points to base future goals off of for they are great guidelines upon which to advocate for further change in the shelters.

 

We have modified our website to reflect these new changes.  There is actually no law currently regulating the shelters, and the Congress would like to see a change.  They want to see access to shelter and a standard for discharge in law.  They want to see mandatory arbitration before there is a discharge.  The Homeless Congress are also working to improve the regulations that are a part of every contract for public money. 

Click here for the current Cuyahoga County shelter regulations.  We have also added a page on regulations that the Homeless Congress would like added to the current County regulations

By Lora Zuo and Brian Davis

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