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July 07, 2009

Briefly Stated No. 09-03, April 2009


Family Homelessness in Cuyahoga County

A new Briefly Stated number 09-03, titled "Family Homelessness in Cuyahoga County" has been released. It summarizes research in a white paper by the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development regarding an analysis of the number of homeless families and "doubled up" families in Cuyahoga County.

The Briefly stated can be read or downloaded here.

The White paper, also titled "Family Homelessness in Cuyahoga County," can be read or downloaded here.

A brief radio article, on NPR affiliate WCPN, referencing this paper can be read or heard here.

This paper discusses the problem of family homelessness in Cuyahoga County, and provides baseline estimates of risk and shelter use. The issue was addressed using a two-pronged approach. The first approach used data from a large, representative sample of persons living in the county to estimate how many people below the poverty level live in doubled up housing situations. Given that many people who become homeless live in doubled up housing situations prior to becoming homeless, this estimate was intended to provide a baseline estimate of possible risk of homelessness among the county’s poor population. The second approach was to examine a much smaller data set, containing information on persons actually using residential homeless services. Data were provided by the Cuyahoga County Office of homeless Services as part of a nationwide attempt to document and count the numbers of sheltered homeless persons in the United States. This analysis detailed the numbers of persons living in families in the county who used emergency shelter, transitional housing, and permanent supportive housing facilities.

This research was authored by Profs. Cyleste Collins, and Claudia Coulton, and by PHD candidate Seok-Joo Kim.

This research was by funded by the Sisters of Charity Foundation, and research dissemination support was provided by both the George Gund Foundation, and the Cleveland Foundation.