Strategies to End Homelessness: 2016 Progress Report Released
Report details progress made toward meeting the needs of local individuals and families experiencing homelessness
For ten years, Strategies to End Homelessness has led a coordinated community effort to end homelessness in Greater Cincinnati. We work partnership with more than 30 homeless service providers including: Bethany House Services, Freestore Foodbank, YWCA of Greater Cincinnati, Shelterhouse, Lighthouse Youth and Family Services, among others.
The role of Strategies to End Homelessness:
- To allocate federal, state, county, and city funding to our partners
- Direct homeless people, or those close to becoming homeless, to our partners
- Provide a stable home for individuals and families who have fallen on the hardest of times
- And monitor the success of this coordinated effort to achieve better community-wide outcomes.
The 2016 Progress Report on Ending Homelessness details that effort and reports on the current state of homelessness.
Key findings of homelessness in Hamilton County:
• Of the homeless population 25% were under the age of 18, 37% were under age 25, and 55% were under age 35
• Our community saw a 20% increase in the number of homeless people who were 55 and older (840 in 2015; 1005 in 2016).
• 7,168 people resided in an emergency shelter or were found to be sleeping in places not meant for human habitation, such as on the streets, under a bridge or in a car. This is an increase of 95 people or 1.3% from 2015, and of 3% over the last five years.
• In addition, the number of people sleeping on the streets and other places not meant for human habitation decreased by 2% (1,175 in 2015; 1,148 in 2016). While the number of people residing in emergency shelters increased by 1% (6,396 in 2015; 6,456 in 2016).
Stacie Berger, Communications Director