Friday, July 14th, 2017 | Blog

Building a System with Community Voice

The Cincinnati/ Hamilton County Continuum of Care (CoC) was built on a framework of collaboration, community process, and shared decision-making. Strategies to End Homelessness, as the CoC lead, is responsible for upholding the shared vision of the community and facilitating a system where no one entity determines our path. Expertise lives at every level of [...]

July 14th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments
Thursday, June 22nd, 2017 | Blog

Guest Blog: Caracole Celebrates Pride Month

By: Suzanne Moore of Caracole Happy Pride month!  Caracole is a proud supporter of the local LGBT community, in addition to providing a continuum of housing services and programs for people living with HIV in SW Ohio. We also provide ongoing medical case management service and a prevention team who works to reduce HIV stigma [...]

June 22nd, 2017|Blog|0 Comments
Thursday, May 25th, 2017 | Blog

Central Access Point: An Essential Resource in a Burdened System

By: Tia Alexander, Project Coordinator at STEH In an emergency, communities like ours are fortunate to have a network of resources available for people in need. When someone’s employment hours are cut, their children are sick, benefits decrease, or they have unexpected medical expenses most people can name at least one familiar community resource to [...]

May 25th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments
Tuesday, April 25th, 2017 | Blog

Annual Point-In-Time Count Gets a Boost from Kroger

Our Kroger cart full of items for outreach workers to offer people experiencing homelessness during the PIT Count Each year, Continuums of Care (STEH is the Cincinnati/Hamilton County Continuum of Care) throughout the country conduct the HUD-mandated “Point in Time” (PIT) Count. The PIT Count is used to quantify the number of people [...]

April 25th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments
Tuesday, April 25th, 2017 | Blog

The Economics of Homelessness (AKA “How Much Does Homelessness Cost?”)

When speaking to groups about what we do, and how the Continuum of Care for the Homeless operates, we explain how $48 million a year supports local homeless services. That part is easy enough to explain. But if we are going to solve homelessness in Greater Cincinnati, we also have to dive into how much [...]

April 25th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments
Tuesday, April 25th, 2017 | Blog

Coordinated Entry: A Vision for Efficiency, Realized

"I’m Homeless….Where do I go? Who do I call? What do I do?" Whether it is a person’s first time becoming homeless or their tenth time, homelessness is a chaotic, confusing and stressful experience. “Coordinated Entry” is an answer to these questions, providing a quick pathway out of homelessness. Coordinated Entry is the process by [...]

April 25th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments
Tuesday, April 11th, 2017 | Blog

Safeguarding the CoC

By: Jennifer McEvilley, Compliance Director The complex, often clinical nature of monitoring and compliance ensures two things: 1. that all our agencies are on track to fulfill their missions to end homelessness; and 2. that government funds and resources continue to be available, based on our ability to be as effective as possible. Think of [...]

April 11th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments
Friday, January 27th, 2017 | Blog

Want to Improve Your Homeless Services? Ask the Real Experts.

By: Kevin Finn An important part of improving our homeless services system is getting input directly from people who have experienced homelessness. At events that we periodically hold, which we refer to as “Homeless Think Tanks,” we benefit from hearing directly from homeless people about how our homeless system works well, and how it can [...]

January 27th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments
Tuesday, January 10th, 2017 | Blog

Every Person Counts

Every person counts… Such a simple statement and yet something that Strategies to End Homelessness and our partner homeless service providers remember every single day. The homeless service system in Cincinnati and Hamilton County has been designated by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as a national standard. Through our coordinated system, we [...]

January 10th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments
Thursday, December 1st, 2016 | Blog

If People Understood: Connecting the Public to Homelessness

Lucy May at WCPO does such a great job reporting on the topic of homelessness. Her recent article was no exception. Read: Family Homelessness is up, but Greater Cincinnati is Making Progress During my interview, Lucy and I found ourselves discussing an unusual challenge that we frequently face in the fight to end homelessness: helping [...]

December 1st, 2016|Blog|0 Comments