Due to COVID-19, among other things, 2020 has been a very challenging year for many. As you will see from the information obtained below, homelessness has already been a serious issue within our community. The financial impact COVID-19 has had on our community has increased our unemployment rate, percentage of individuals/families in or nearing poverty, and homelessness. During such emotionally and financially straining times it’s important for us to pull together and be there for one another.
R-DAYs is preparing for our 2nd annual “Because We Care” event. The purpose of this event is to purchase and provide poverty stricken and/or homeless persons with essential supplies while also spreading cheer. We are asking for your help! We need to raise money to purchase the essential supplies that will be passed out to the homeless community during the holiday season.
Thanks to so many of you, last year we were able to fill approximately 106 backpacks with essential supplies while also feeding men, women, and children in need of our help. This year we are trying to fill a minimum of 200 backpacks. Early donations allow us to properly plan for those we’re trying to serve.
We understand that this has been a tough year for many and not everyone can give. We want you to know that every single dollar counts. Maybe you can’t afford to donate hundreds of dollars – but can you $50? Or maybe you can only give $5 or $10 dollars. Every bit of help counts. We’re truly grateful for anything you can do to help and so are the many men, women, and children who benefit from your kindness.
Please visit www.rdhcevents.com to donate. Once you’re on the events site, scroll down to the bottom and click on the link that says ‘donate’. We thank you for all of your help in advance. Check back for more details. We will add the event date, time, and location as soon as we have them confirmed.
Based on Census Data and the Department of Education’s definition of homelessness, NEOCH estimates that there were about 23,000 people experiencing homelessness in 2018 in Cuyahoga County
· The Office of Homeless Services estimated that only 7,000 of these people entered a shelter for housing. 80% of these residents were people of color.
· Cleveland public schools recorded 2972 homeless students in 2018.
· Family homelessness has increased 35% to 2572 individuals.
- Cleveland shelters have 906 beds for single individuals and 287 beds for families. The number of available beds have decreased by 444 units in the past decade.
· 618 people have reported staying in a dangerous place before entering the shelter system.
· NEOCH estimates that there are 77,000 people who need subsidized affordable housing
· 4,667 adults and 1,631 children were screened at the Coordinated Intake Center in 2018.
· There are only 710 units of permanent affordable housing in Cleveland.
Retrieved September 3, 2020 from https://www.neoch.org/2019-overview-of-the-numbers