Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Homeless Stats Update

State of Homelessness Report

NEOCH is currently working on preparing a "State of Homelessness Report for 2011."  We ask public agencies and homeless organizations throughout the community to provide us trends, statistics and issues that impact the population.  Some of the things that we have gathered so far include:

  • The largest shelter in Ohio, LMM's 2100 Lakeside Shelter, had 140,136 nights of shelter to Greater Clevelanders or the same as 8.6 home games for average attendance at the Cleveland Cavalier basketball game for this season.
  • They served 233,000 meals in 2011 or the shelter served the same number of people as attend 3.5 games of the average home attendance at a Cleveland Brown's 2011 football game. 
  • The average length of stay decreased by 4 days between 2010 and 2011 at the Lakeside shelter.  The current average length of stay is 36 days.
  • There were more people showing up at the shelter requesting shelter in 2011 with 3,905 unique individuals, which was a 7% increase over the previous year. 
  • The women's shelter is around one fourth the size of the men's entry shelter at Lakeside, but they served 1,103 people in 2011.  
  • Cuyahoga County has about 21.1% of the family population living in poverty according to the 2010 Census.  
  • Based on poverty figures, NEOCH estimates that there were over 22,300 people who experience homelessness using the broadest definition of homelessness in the community.  This is a large increase from 2009 figures, but that could be related to the fact that 2010 was an actual figure from the US Census while 2009 was an estimate by the Census based 2000 count. 
We will have the full report available in the next month.  This is a teaser of the information that will be available to you in the near future.

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