Strategies to End HomelessnessYou make a difference every day in the lives of homeless people in Greater Cincinnati. Whether a homeless youth, or a homeless mother with children, or a homeless veteran. You help with your tax dollars, your time, and with your donations. And by understanding how ending homelessness will revitalize our Community. Meet Strategies to End Homelessness.

How Strategies to End Homelessness works to end homelessness in Greater Cincinnati

If you are not familiar with Strategies to End Homelessness, you are not alone. We work behind the scenes. Our partner organizations are the real heroes. You may know our more than 30 nonprofit partners. Including the Freestore Foodbank, Shelterhouse (formerly the Drop Inn Center), Lighthouse Youth & Family Services, Ohio Valley Goodwill, St. Vincent de Paul. We allocate federal, state, county, and city funding to these partners and others.

In addition, Strategies to End Homelessness also runs the Central Access Point Hotline to direct homeless people or those about to be homeless to these partners. Also, we monitor the success of the entire coordinated effort to end homelessness in Greater Cincinnati.

In December 2015 the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) gave us a very prestigious designation. We were named a Unified Funding Agency (UFA); only 1 of 5 in the country. This recognizes of the strength of our entire Community’s homeless services system. And allows us to better meet the needs of individuals and families who are homeless.

How many homeless people are in Greater Cincinnati?

In Hamilton County last year:

  • 7,168 people resided in an emergency shelter or were found sleeping in places not meant for human habitation. Specifically, on the street or in a car
  • That’s an increase of 95 people or 1.3% over the year prior, and an increase of 3% over five years.
  • Additionally, 25% of our homeless population are under the age of 18.
  • Another 37% are under the age of 25 and 55% are under the age of 35.

How do we know? Strategies to End Homelessness was one of the first Continuum of Care in the Country to coordinate all our homeless shelters into one data management system. We use this data to make system changes and improvements. Read more about our homeless population.

How can you help the homeless in Greater Cincinnati?

Ending homelessness is a Community effort. The most valuable thing you can do is to donate time or money to the cause. Here are 7 ways you can help the homeless.

Thank you for visiting our site to learn more about the work we do. And thank you for helping our homeless neighbors.

Kevin Finn, President/CEO Strategies to End Homelessness



Kevin Finn, MSW, LISW-S


Strategies to End Homelessness