One Story at a Time…

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.”

Tell Your Story. We want to share the stories of the impressive work of our grantees. Tell us about it.

Follow us on Twitter

Our Mission

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.

News & Events

Good Samaritan Grant Program Open

The Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland provides support each year to nonprofit organizations meeting basic needs – such as food, clothing, shelter, and transportation – of those living in poverty in Cuyahoga County.


Good Samaritan awards are up to $10,000 for a one-year period. Grant recipients can receive three consecutive Good Samaritan grants, and then must take a year off before reapplying. Download the guidelines and application. Proposals must be received by Monday, June 2nd.


Want more information? Join us for an informational meeting on the Good Samaritan program Thursday, May 8, from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at Trinity Commons, 2230 Euclid Ave. Please RSVP by May 6 to attend to Ursula Craig at or call 216.241.9300 ext. 245.

Foundation Awards $550,000 in First Quarter Grants

The Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland awarded more than $550,000 in grants for the first quarter, continuing our support of homeless housing initiatives as well as supporting the new collaboration of organizations working to end youth homelessness in the community.


More than $350,000 went to six organizations working with or providing services to homeless adults and youth. More…

Foundations’ Efforts to Sustain Sister-Affiliated Ministries

A recently released study documents and assesses a 10-year initiative undertaken by the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland and the Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina to sustain the ministries of Catholic sisters in Northeast Ohio and South Carolina. The full study, Support for Sister-Affiliated Ministries During Challenging Times: Understanding a Foundation Initiative in Two Regions, can be seen here.


The Collaboration for Ministry Initiative was undertaken by the foundations to encourage and support collaboration among different religious orders. The study offers lessons learned from the collaborations to help others with similar ambitions, as well as to strengthen and sustain sister-affiliated ministries and grassroots programming. More…

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.