The Labre Project


  • Based on a “point in time” count of homeless persons in Cleveland, in January 2005, 2198 homeless persons were identified. Of these, 1208 were in emergency shelters, 738 were in transitional housing, and 252 were unsheltered and living on the street.
  • Foreclosures filed in Cuyahoga County in 2009: 14,797.
  • The Cleveland Foodbank reported a 40 percent increase in requests for food in the six county service region since 2006.
  • To afford a one bedroom apartment at the market level, a person must make $1,806 per month or $11.08 per hour.
  • 20 percent of the population were long-term homeless, which means multiple episodes over the last two years or a long continuous period of time without housing.
  • Compared to the first half of the 2008 school year, the number of homeless school-age children in Cleveland increased by 17 percent during the same time period in 2009.
  • NEOCH (North East Ohio Coalition of the Homeless) reports that the estimated number of homeless people in 2008 was 20,414.
  • In a background study prepared for Housing First, the Levin College at Cleveland State University estimated that the homeless population of Cuyahoga County most likely ranged between 12,546 and 18,122 persons per year. This included persons who were homeless, episodically homeless, and an estimate of those who were homeless but unknown to the system care.
  • The Domestic Violence Center reported a 28 percent increase in calls to the domestic violence hotline.
  • Cuyahoga County has a minimum unmet need for at least 3,384 units of shelter for homeless individuals, and 170 units of shelter for homeless families, according to an analysis completed for the Cuyahoga County Continuum of Care, Office of Homeless Services.
  • In 2009, there were 11,375 evictions (around 95 percent for non-payment of rent) within the City of Cleveland. This is on the downward trend of the second largest total in the last 25 years since 2004 which was 12,000.