One Story at a Time…
Ted Howard’s efficiency apartment in Cleveland’s Glenville Neighborhood has been a safe haven for him for nearly three years. Tidy and compact, he calls it a “blessing for this place to be here.
“Because of my addiction I couldn’t get money to get an apartment,” he said.
Ted lives in Liberty at St. Clair, a 72-unit apartment building on St. Clair Avenue. Liberty, a Housing First apartment building, is one of eight with more than 500 units around Cleveland.
Without housing, people struggle to keep or find a job, care for children and move out of poverty. Without housing, people have a hard time getting clean and sober.
The Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland, in partnership with Enterprise Community Partners and the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Office of Homeless Services, brought together housing, service providers and foundations to create the Housing First Initiative.
The Initiative was created to address the challenge of chronic homelessness, and to develop a strategy for bringing Housing First to Cuyahoga County.
The shared goal is to develop 1,000 units of permanent supportive housing in Cuyahoga County.
“Housing First” is both an initiative and a philosophy that no matter what obstacles people face, ensuring them a home is paramount. Housing First combines permanent affordable housing with onsite supportive services such as education and job skills training, as well as substance abuse and mental health issues. It is a proven solution to end longterm homelessness for people like Ted.
Ted moved in and out of homelessness for years after becoming addicted to cocaine and losing his job. He stayed at the men’s homeless shelter, and at other times would crash at a friend’s place.
Now Ted takes the bus to vocational training and attends 12-step meetings in the community room of his building. “I’m on the right track.”
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For more than 15 years, the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland has worked to improve the lives of those most in need with special attention to families, women and children living in poverty.
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Saint Ann Legacy Grant Program
The Foundation is accepting proposals for grants to support the ministries of women religious as they work to meet the needs of God’s people. Grants may be awarded to ministries of women religious in Northeast Ohio, defined as the Dioceses of Cleveland and Youngstown. Ministries of women religious include those that are sponsored or led by Catholic Sisters or programs at other organizations where women religious are significantly involved. The purpose of these grants is to support the Sisters at work in our region today. Proposals are due by Thursday, April 3. Download the guidelines and application form here and the budget and implementation forms. For more information contact Erin McIntyre at 216-241-9300 (ext. 232)
Race, Food & Justice Conference
The two-day Race, Food & Justice Conference 2014 : Analyzing the Urban Food Movement through a Social Justice Lens is April 4th – 5th at Case Western Reserve University. The goal is to create a space for dialog and discussion about social justice issues, how the history of farming, culture and race factor into economics, land use policies, land ownership, health, jobs, community programs, and decisions that impact our most vulnerable communities and communities of color. Find out more and register here.
Central Promise Neighborhood Awarded $500,000
The Cleveland Central Promise Neighborhood initiative received a grant of $250,000 for state fiscal year 2014 and second-year grant funding of $250,000 in 2015 from the Ohio Department of Education’s Straight A Fund. With support from state legislators, the funding was included in the state budget to support Promise programs in Ohio.
The Cleveland Central Promise Neighborhood includes a large and growing collaboration of families and youth in Cleveland’s Central neighborhood. It also includes 50 partners and funders who are committed to the vision that every child in the Central neighborhood goes to college by ensuring that all are ready for kindergarten, attend excellent schools, and are connected to a caring adult and community supports.
2012 Annual Report: A Journey Continues
The Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland continued a journey we began in 2006. We are accompanied by countless organizations and individuals who work with us to end chronic homelessness, address health and education disparities in Cleveland’s Central Neighborhood, sustain the ministries of women religious, and strengthen and expand the Cleveland Central Promise Neighborhood. Read the full report.
Ending Youth Homelessness
The Foundation is committed to ending homelessness and recently has focused on the problem of homeless youth. The foundation has awarded more than a quarter of a million of dollars in grants since late 2012 to local nonprofits involved in reducing youth homelessness. The foundation has also brought together the numerous organizations, agencies and others involved in this work. Cleveland was one of eight cities that participated in the federal 2013 Youth Count Initiative in January. Read about the survey results. Watch a video on the the issue with experts and homeless youth.