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Housing First

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 16 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.

News & Events

Nation’s first county-level Pay for Success program aims to reconnect foster children with caregivers in stable, affordable housing

The Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland joined many partners on December 4 in announcing the nation’s first county-level Pay for Success program. Announced during a conference in Chicago hosted by the White House’s Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation, the program – known as the Partnering for Family Success Program—aims to reconnect foster children in Cuyahoga County with caregivers in stable, affordable housing.  This innovative program will deliver intensive 12-15 month treatment to 135 families over five years to reduce the length of stay in out-of-home foster care placement for children whose families are homeless.

Read more in the official announcement and fact sheet as well as in this blog post from the White House. Review frequently asked questions.

Year of Consecrated Life

Pope Francis has announced that 2015 will be a year dedicated to the promotion of consecrated life to  “wake up the world! Be witnesses to a different way of doing things, of acting, of living. It is possible to live differently in this world.”


Our founding sisters, the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine, and all the women religious in Northeast Ohio and across the globe live this everyday. The foundation is helping to support this effort through a video that is being developed for distribution throughout the Cleveland Catholic Diocese in February to celebrate the World Day of Prayer for Consecrated Life. More information.

Foundation Awarded For Work on Youth Homelessness

The Butler Family Fund has awarded the Foundation $35,000 towards its work towards creating  and publicizing a coordinated approach to prevent and end youth homelessness in Cleveland.  Like its earlier work in Housing First, the Foundation is bringing together a collaboration of organizations and agencies to work on understanding and ending youth homelessness.


The foundation has awarded more than a million of dollars in grants since late 2012 to local nonprofits involved in reducing youth homelessness and has partnered with Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative, the YWCA Greater Cleveland and others on the issue.


Listen to a recent Sound of Ideas show on WCPN 90.3 on the connection between aging out of foster care and youth homelessness. The Foundation sponsored a local discussion on the issue and co-sponsored a national conference to highlight the connection between aging out of foster care and unprepared youth often becoming homeless. Watch a piece by Newsnet5 on the issue. Watch a video on the issue with local experts and homeless youth.


Dear County Executive

Foundation President Susanna H. Krey joined others community leaders, asked by The Center for Community Solutions, to write letters to the incoming Cuyahoga County executive to be elected this November. Community Solutions believes they represent an opportunity for a remarkable partnership between the new executive and the community
he will be leading. A partnership that could lead to real solutions to today’s challenges. They encouraged him to read these letters, reach out to the authors, and give real consideration to incorporating their ideas into his strategic planning. By doing so, we can move forward…finding community solutions together. See all the letters. Read Susanna Krey’s letter.

Called by Faith

There’s a new name and look for the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland’s newsletter which shares the good work and stories of Catholic women religious and their lay partners in northeast Ohio. Read Called by Faith here.