Greater Cincinnati’s Shelter System
The Homeless to Homes Plan, adopted by both Cincinnati City Council and the Hamilton County Board of Commissioners and implemented by Strategies to End Homelessness, articulates a shared vision for ending homelessness for single individuals.
A cornerstone of the Homeless to Homes Plan, achieved in 2015, included dramatically improving our local emergency shelter system by constructing five new service-enriched facilities with improved access to housing programs.
In 2015, the number of people served in our shelters increased by 2.3%; however, through the efficiencies created by our effective new strategies, the length of stay in these new facilities decreased by 8%, indicating that the shelter upgrades have made a significant impact. Upgrades to our community’s shelter facilities and services include:
- Improved shelter facilities, which encourage people to come in off the streets at night; plus, the improved shelters no longer turn residents back to the streets during the day
- Daytime services, which include drug and alcohol treatment, mental and medical health services, and job search and placement
- Higher quality and increased case management services to help residents navigate complex systems effectively, and receive the assistance they need to exit homelessness
- Step-up model, which incentivizes residents to engage in the services that will assist them out of homelessness.
The Homeless to Homes Plan shares a vision for Greater Cincinnati that goes beyond shelter. By creating the facilities and resources needed to end homelessness among individuals in Cincinnati, we can create a more vibrant and revitalized community, and improve quality of life for all Cincinnatians.
Strategies to End Homelessness coordinates Street Outreach efforts with its community partners, who employ trained social workers to provide strategic case- management of the most visible homeless persons in our districts. They reach out directly and build crucial relationships with people experiencing homelessness, in order to assist them in finding resources and shelter. Local Street Outreach partners:
Street Reach – Download today!
When you see homelessness in your community, you can do something to help. Download Street Reach, available for iPhone and Android. Street Reach allows you to respond to homelessness when you see it in your community by sending real-time information to trained specialists. Information you send through Street Reach is delivered to Street Outreach teams who can offer life-saving resources to those in need. Beyond being a resource to end homelessness, Street Reach also offers educational resources for those wishing to know more about homelessness in Greater Cincinnati.
Those who have a phone, and are experiencing homelessness themselves, are also encouraged to use Street Reach to reach out for help.