Notice of FY18 ODSA HCRP RRH Funding Availability

ODSA has granted STEH funding for new RRH projects serving transitional age youth (18-24) and/or single adults.  STEH, in consultation with the Homeless Clearinghouse (the CoC Board), is inviting proposals from potential sub-recipients of this funding. The detailed terms regarding the available funding are listed in the attached Request for Proposals.

Please see the following schedule regarding notifications and submissions:

Due Date Activity
Fri, February 22, 2019 Notify STEH at and/or by 5:00 pm of intent to submit proposal.

Fri, March 1, 2019 Submit proposals to STEH by 5:00 pm at and/or  for review.

Fri, March 15, 2019 Applicants may be called to present project proposals to the Homeless Clearinghouse at its monthly meeting on 3/15/19.  Upon completion of presentations at that meeting, any person holding a voting seat on the Clearinghouse who may be employed by an agency seeking funds in this competition will vacate the meeting room, allowing for a competitive vote by the Homeless Clearinghouse on the project funding.

Please contact Amy Stewart with any questions.

Please also spread the word and share this RFP with any agencies that you believe may be interested in responding.


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Focus on Youth Homelessness: Point in Time Count

How do we know how many youth are experiencing homelessness on a given night in Cincinnati?

Point in Time Count Youth OutreachOne of the ways that the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) gets an accurate count of how many people are experiencing homelessness is through a coordinated Point in Time Count. That combines a census of people sleeping in emergency shelters, transitional housing units, with a count of people sleeping in places not meant for human habitation.

What is the Point In Time Count?

Volunteers are needed to count how many people are experiencing unsheltered homelessness on a given night. They visit known homeless camps, bridges, and other public places where people are known to sleep. To this, we add the number of individuals in emergency shelter and transitional housing. This gives us a snapshot of how many people are experiencing homelessness.

However, it does not reflect the individuals sleeping in doubled up locations, couch surfing, or other risky housing situations. To get a sense of how many young people face these challenges on a given night in Cincinnati, the Lighthouse Youth Advisory Council partnered with the Youth Outreach Program and the downtown branch of the Hamilton County Public Library. Together we collected this information by surveying young people between the ages of 18-24 on their housing situation.

Ultimately, the group interacted with 54 young people between the ages of 18-24. We connected 6 to receive assistance in obtaining housing, shelter and other services. And collected contact information on 10 more youth sleeping in unstable situations. One young woman (a mother of 2) was connected to the Youth Outreach Program and through the Central Access Point. She was able to receive shelter for her family.

Learn more about how we’re working to end Youth Homelessness by 2020.

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Street Reach can help homeless people escape the cold.

Colder temperatures can be deadly for those with no place to stay. Strategies to End Homelessness has created an easy way to get help if you see a person in need of shelter. 

The Street Reach app is available for Apple users.  If you do not have an Apple device, you can call and leave a message at the CAP helpline at 513-381-SAFE (7233). Leave a message with location info and it will be shared with the street outreach workers.

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Together we can end homelessness

Dear Friends,

Sleeping outside is dangerous and can even be deadly. Having a warm, safe place to sleep is critical. Joe was living on the street for months before he entered shelter. There he gained access to programs and services that change lives. Today, Joe has his own apartment.

Together we can create more success stories for more people like Joe.


At Strategies to End Homelessness we lead efforts to end homelessness in Greater Cincinnati, and having a coordinated system has led to a 42% decrease in the number of people living on the streets and a similar increase in people entering permanent housing programs.

But, you’ll agree, we have even more work to do. Even one person sleeping outside is too many. One missed paycheck. One medical emergency. Many more people are one crisis away from homelessness.

Our goal is to prevent and end homelessness. And we can’t do it without your help. Let’s work together to change more lives, like Joe’s.

Together our impact is greater. Please consider a donation today to help more neighbors in need this Holiday Season!


We hope we can count on your support!

Kevin Finn
Strategies to End Homelessness


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Cincinnati Winter Shelter Slated to Open Mid-December

The Winter Shelter, which opens each year to ensure that people experiencing homelessness can access shelter during dangerously cold temperatures, is slated to open mid-December and remain open through February. Strategies to End Homelessness is working to raise the remaining funds needed. Citizens who wish to help are encouraged to visit

Operated by Shelterhouse and housed within the David and Rebecca Barron Center for Men, located at 411 Gest Street, the winter shelter serves both men and women. There, Shelterhouse can serve up to 200 homeless people per night over and above Hamilton County’s 675 year-round shelter beds. This seasonal shelter capacity allows the homeless services system to shelter everyone in need during the coldest months of the year and give access to life-changing programs and services to exit homelessness.

Said Kevin Finn, President & CEO, “We’ve secured most of the funding needed to staff and operate the winter shelter through February. We’re now turning to our generous citizens for their support.” The winter shelter is funded in part by the City of Cincinnati, Hamilton County, and local foundations, including The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation, and made possible with the support of the Greater Cincinnati Homeless Coalition.

  • Last year (December 2017 – February 2018) winter shelter was open 76 nights, served 733 people, for a total of 8,354 bed nights
  • In Greater Cincinnati, currently 7,197 people are experiencing homelessness – either living in a shelter or on the streets.
  • The Greater Cincinnati homeless services community serves nearly 13,000 people annually (including supportive housing and other programs)

Kevin Finn, President & CEO, Strategies to End Homelessness, is available for comment, questions, or an interview

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Who is Homeless in Cincinnati

Cover image for Faces of Homelessness reportIn 2017, 7,197 people found themselves sleeping in an emergency shelter or in a place not meant for human habitation. This number of people experiencing literal homelessness has been stubborn over the past five years.

Declining by only 1.5% (7,306 in 2013). A change of a small percentage might lead us to think that little has changed within the homeless services system.

But the reality is very different.

An excerpt from our Faces of Homelessness Impact Report.  

Fewer people on the street, more people in Shelter

  • The number of people sleeping in places not meant for human habitation (aka “on the streets”) has declined by 42% over the past five years. (From 1,692 people in 2013, to 979 in 2017). While the number of people entering homeless shelters in Hamilton County has remained steady over that same time period (6,661 in 2013, 6,670 in 2017).
  • As a result, by percentage, more homeless people are entering shelters. (23% of homeless people slept on the streets in 2013, 14% in 2017). This is clearly a positive development. A recent study published by JAMA Internal Medicine found that homeless people sleeping in places not meant for human habitation are three times as likely to die as those sleeping in shelters.

More people in Housing Programs

  • More Rapid Re-Housing (RRH). RRH is a short-term best-practice in assisting people out of homelessness quickly. Moving people back into their own housing while providing them with case management services to help them achieve self-sufficiency. While there were no RRH programs in Hamilton County prior to 2009, 3,366 people were assisted by Rapid Re-housing programs in 2017.
  • More Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH). PSH is a more long-term housing option. Targeted toward people who are both chronically homeless and disabled. A goal of PSH is to provide people with housing and services who otherwise might be homeless long term, and cycle through other community resources. Such as hospitals and other facilities which are far more expensive than housing. Local PSH capacity has continued to expand. The number of people served in PSH programs increasing by 8% over the past five years (2,371 people in 2013, 2,577 in 2017).

Overall Permanent Housing Capacity – both RRH and PSH are Permanent Housing programs. With the increase in each considered together, the number of homeless people served in local Permanent Housing programs has increased by 42% over the past five years. (3,381 people in 2013, 5,835 in 2017).

Unfortunately, our data points to several issues of concern

  • Youth Homelessness: homelessness continues to be an issue disproportionately affecting young people. In 2017, 24% of homeless people were under the age of 18. 35% were under the age of 25, and 54% were under the age of 35. One common myth of homelessness is that it is an issue that disproportionately effects people between the ages of 40-65. But the data does not support this common assumption. More and more, homelessness is an issue affecting the young.
  • Family Homelessness: our data indicates that the number of families on the streets or in shelters has declined in recent years. Including a 4% decline from 2016 (586 families) to 2017 (560 families). However, this data doesn’t tell the full story. In Hamilton County, families call the Central Access Point (CAP) helpline to gain entry into a number of facilities. However, data specifically from CAP indicates that 60% of the families that called CAP seeking entry into a shelter or Shelter Diversion program were not provided with either. Generally due to a lack of capacity in the shelters and Shelter Diversion programs.

If capacity had been available, including if the families residing in shelter had been able to exit more quickly freeing up beds, these families could have been served.

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Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week

Hunger and Homelessness Awareness WeekHunger and Homelessness Awareness Week is November 10 – 18th. This week is about generating conversation around hunger and homelessness and engaging communities.

Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week: National Statistics

Many Americans are living on the edge. Choosing between basic necessities like purchasing food, paying rent, or going to the doctor.

According to the National Coalition for the Homeless, 43.1 million Americans live below the poverty level. 549,000 Americans are homeless on a typical night. While 42 million Americans are at risk of suffering from hunger. And 1 in 5 children in the U.S. live in poverty.

Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week: Greater Cincinnati homeless population


  • There are significant racial disparities in the national and local homeless population. African Americans make up more than 40% of the homeless population, but represent 13 percent of the general population.
  • In Hamilton County, African Americans made up 62% of the homeless population in 2017. But only make up 26.5% of the population of Hamilton County (


  • 24% of the local homeless population are children under the age of 18. Another 11% are between the ages of 18-24
  • According to the Institute for Children, Poverty, and Homelessness, “homeless children suffer from chronic illnesses and acute illnesses at twice the rate of the general ambulatory population.”


  • Throughout 2017, there were 560 families that experienced homelessness in Hamilton County. According to the National Alliance to End Homelessness, on any given night, nearly 60,000 families in the U.S. are homeless.


Street Homelessness:

  • It may seem like street homelessness (a person sleeping in a place not meant for human habitation) is on the rise. But only 14% of Hamilton County’s homeless citizens slept outside or on the streets in 2017. That’s compared to a nationwide community average of 34%.

Health Effects of Homelessness


Mental Illness:

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Partner Spotlight: The Salvation Army

Salvation Army of Greater Cincinnati. homelessness

Since 1865, The Salvation Army of Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky has made it its mission to “preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.” As a partner in ending homelessness we are proud to spotlight their efforts to “do the most good.”

The Mission of The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army is an international religious and charitable movement. As part of the universal Christian Church, it is organized and operated in military fashion with its message based on the Bible. Concerned with the needs of all humanity, and helping all people in need-regardless of race, color, creed, sex or age. The Salvation Army in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky offers emergency disaster relief, emergency assistance, emergency shelter, housing, outreach programs, visitation programs, child care services, youth programs, a program to combat human trafficking, an adult rehabilitation center, and holiday assistance for needy individuals and families.

Assisting the homeless. Solving Homelessness.


Since 1865, The Salvation Army has been offering assistance to individuals and families through financial assistance, food, clothing and shelter. Financial services include housing assistance, which our partners at St. Vincent de Paul have found to be 90% effective at keeping people in financially dire straits from becoming homeless.


When someone becomes homeless, our Central Access Point Helpline can place them in emergency shelter. Including that of The Salvation Army. Their emergency shelter accepts women and children under 18 years old. There they provides a safe, stable and clean environment for people to rebuild their lives. Residents gain access to supportive services like GED prep and educational aids, employment resources, resume development, and job training.

Accordingly, to re-house families and individuals who have become homeless, The Salvation Army uses the Housing First model.

According to the National Alliance to End Homelessness, “[the] Housing First model prioritizes providing permanent housing to people experiencing homelessness, thus ending their homelessness and serving as a platform from which they can pursue personal goals and improve their quality of life.” As part of this approach, Strategies to End Homelessness places people in Rapid Re-Housing through the Salvation Army.

Rapid Re-Housing is an intervention housing model by which households experiencing homelessness move to permanent housing quickly. A fundamental goal of rapid re-housing is to reduce the amount of time a person is homeless. In Greater Cincinnati, Rapid Re-Housing has been shown to be an effective, essential tool in ending homelessness.

How You Can Help

The Salvation Army of Greater Cincinnati has many volunteer opportunities throughout the year. If you love volunteering, please consider The Salvation Army.

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2018 Continuum of Care Application: Posted for Community Review

The FY2018 Continuum of Care (CoC) Application has been posted and is available for community review. There are two sections in the competitive application process – the Priority List and the CoC Application. HUD provides a few sets of instructions on how to complete the application and that information can be found on the HUD Exchange, under CoC Program Instructional Guides and Resources or by clicking here.

CoC Members: To submit a comment on the application, please send an email to Jen Best with the subject line: “FY18 CoC Application–Comment”.

In the body of the email, note the specific section of the application that pertains to the comment and clearly state your comment. You may submit more than one comment in a single email. All comments will be shared with the Homeless Clearinghouse Co-chairs and responded to within 2 business days.

Public comments will be received until 10am on Monday, September 17th. Any comments received after the deadline will not be addressed.


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Partner Spotlight: City Gospel Mission

city gospel mission logoStrategies to End Homelessness is proud to have City Gospel Mission as a partner in ending homelessness in Greater Cincinnati.

The Mission and vision of City Gospel Mission

Founded by James N. Gamble of Procter & Gamble in 1924, City Gospel Mission helps the homeless and hurting break the cycle of poverty and despair one life at a time. City Gospel Mission works to engage, equip and empower those in need with the spiritual, emotional, mental and physical skills and resources to achieve long-term life transformation and self-sufficiency. Programs and services are centered on caring, personal relationships focused in four key service areas: food and shelter, recovery, at-risk youth and job readiness and placement. City Gospel Mission collaborates with more than 350 local churches and 2,500 volunteers to annually serve more than 6,800 adults and 3,500 youth. Their housing programs provide over 42,000 nights of safe shelter each year.

City Gospel Mission Assists Those Experiencing Homelessness

Through a holistic mix of addiction recovery, case management, and aftercare services, City Gospel Mission prepares their formerly homeless clients for the real world by giving them the tools to make themselves successful.

When a man’s in need of emergency shelter, our Central Access Point can place him in a City Gospel Mission bed. Together, the shelter builds camaraderie and trust shelter by sharing in meals, friendship and hope. They believe these three aspects to be integral to giving men the support they need to reclaim their lives. In addition to food and shelter, recovery services are available on-site. Then, after graduating from their goal-oriented recovery, temporary but stable housing is available.

Solving Homelessness through Transitional Housing

Strategies to End Homelessness is proud to have City Gospel Mission as a partner in ending homelessness through their Transitional Housing program. Transitional Housing is a site-based supportive housing model for homeless individuals. Specifically, programs provide extended shelter and supportive services for homeless individuals. To be clear, the goal is to help people live independently and transition into permanent housing.

At City Gospel Mission, Transitional Housing allows men  to live independently while they maintain their sobriety. Case managers provide supportive services, and help men find sustainable, long-term housing options.

GeneroCity 513: Jobs Van

Offering a positive alternative to panhandling while connecting people to life-changing services. The Jobs Van operates four days per week. it picks up 10 individuals each day and transports them to a job site for a day’s work.

Each morning, pick-ups are made at random locations in downtown Cincinnati and Over-the-Rhine. Participants engage in community beautification efforts and are provided a free lunch. Participants are paid $9/hour in cash for their labor at the end of their shift. Giving someone the opportunity to work instead of panhandling gives more than just an honest day’s wages. It gives them dignity.

And helping restore someone’s dignity is one of our primary goals at City Gospel Mission.

You Can Help!

Of course, City Gospel Mission has several ways to get involved. From tutoring children, or guiding at-risk youths at their annual camp, City Gospel Mission has many opportunities to explore.

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