Cuyahoga County Recommends Plan for Permanent Supportive Housing for Homeless Persons

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CUYAHOGA COUNTY, OH – The Cuyahoga County Health, Human Services & Aging Committee today recommended a plan proposed by County Executive Armond Budish and the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Office of Homeless Services to provide permanent supportive housing for homeless persons in the community.

The contract will be voted on by County Council on Tuesday, August 3.

The proposal allocates $2,000,000 for supportive services for disabled, chronically homeless single adults and families who need permanent housing.

“This is a crucial new investment for Cuyahoga County as we work to support the homeless population in our community,” said Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish. “These partnerships will bolster our continued efforts to get people out of shelters and into permanent housing.”

The proposed funding would be split among six partners: YWCA of Greater Cleveland, Famicos Property, Front Steps Housing & Services, Humility of Mary Housing, FrontLine Services, and Emerald Development and Economic Network.

“With these partners and others, almost 800 units of permanent supportive housing have been built in the last 15 years,” said Mark McDermott, VP and Ohio Market Leader, Enterprise Community Partners. “This is making a substantive impact for persons experiencing long-term homelessness.”

“The COVID-19 pandemic added additional challenges to groups supporting homeless individuals and families across the county,”
said Cuyahoga County Director of Homeless Services Melissa Sirak. “This funding will help us address the diverse needs of our homeless population here in Cuyahoga County.”

The proposed funding would run through June 30, 2022.