Downtown Homeless 2012

Years               Number

1998                60

1999                42

2000                4

2001                 6

2002                 9

2003                11

2004                19

2005                27

2006                40

2007                17

2008                19

2009                18

2010                14

2011                 **

2012                  3

***  Did not count due to Occupy Movement.

These are the number of homeless people sleeping outside during our annual Thanksgiving weekend count. We survey everyone sleeping outside between West 6th St. and East 20th St. between the Lake and Carnegie Ave. We estimate that this is a good baseline number as the smallest number over the coming year. We began measuring the number sleeping outside as a result of the Michael R. White Administration yearly attacks on homeless people during the start of the holiday shopping season. This does not define the number sleeping outside, but is a good indicator of the trends. Prepared by the Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless

Why has the number decreased so dramatically in 2012:

  • Better coordination of outreach teams to see all those who live outside.
  • Most people have moved to other parts of the community, because the food has relocated.
  • The Downtown cleaning crew starts early in the morning vacuuming the sidewalks.
  • For two years, we provided rental assistance to those without housing using the government stimulus funding (This ended in July 2012).
  • Cleveland has developed 450 units of Permanent Supportive Housing and has made an effort to get people who sleep outside into those new apartments.  
  • Cuyahoga County has funded an overnight drop in called the Metanoia Project at St. Malachi for the winters which diverts people from sleeping outside.