No Place to call Home
How close are you to being homeless?Closer than you might think.

Homelessness is often due to unexpected financial set-backs. This could mean a layoff, a medical emergency or other crisis.

In Cuyahoga County, a person needs at least $2,250 in savings to cover just the average rent for three months – and that does not include utilities, food, transportation, etc.

Homeless rates (for every 10,000 residents)



Cuyahoga County

Financial Savings Stats


of Americans have no savings at all.


of Americans cannot cover an unexpected expense without using savings or credit cards or skipping the payment of other bills.

Who is homeless?

Anyone can become homeless, whether that be for a day, a week, a month, or a year.

Veterans are homeless.

Mothers and families are homeless.

Even employed people are homeless.


Nearly 37% have a severe mental illness or a chronic substance abuse disorder.


have a disability of some kind.


of homeless are veterans.

1 in 30

children were homeless in 2013.

Employed homeless


of homeless people are employed.

Individual Homelessness Demographic Stats
Housing Challenges

The main reason people experience homelessness is because there simply isn’t safe, quality housing that they can afford. Even in a low-cost housing market, scarce housing availability and high rent prices often make it impossible to find or keep housing. Oftentimes, even a full-time paycheck can’t pay all the bills.


To afford a two-bedroom apartment in Cuyahoga County, a household must make at least $31,400 a year.


The 2017 median household income for Cleveland was $26,583 and $45,289 for all of Cuyahoga County.

Minimum wage vs. housing costs

Nowhere in Cuyahoga County can someone afford their rent on a minimum wage job working 45 hours a week. To afford a two-bedroom apartment in Cleveland while making minimum wage, you would have to work 73 hours a week, 52 weeks a year just to make rent.

The minimum wage in Ohio is $8.55 but in Cuyahoga County, one must make…

  • $10.17 per hour to afford a studio
  • $12.19 per hour to afford a one-bedroom
  • $15.10 per hour to afford a two-bedroom
  • $19.85 per hour to afford a three-bedroom

Subsidized Housing

Section 8, a common name for the Housing Choice Voucher Program, is a government program that gives financial assistance to people who are struggling to pay rent. Section 8 provides vouchers to pay rent costs that exceed 30% of a person or family’s gross annual income.

Unfortunately, there simply isn’t enough subsidized Section 8 housing to go around.

  • There are 55,000 residents in Cuyahoga County in need of subsidized housing.
  • According to the Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless (NEOCH), the waiting list for public housing in Cuyahoga County has now passed 21,000 people.
Identifying the root causes of homelessness is complicated.

A variety of intertwined factors mean the causes and effects of homelessness are closely linked.

Domestic violence and homelessness

Domestic violence can be a significant cause of homelessness for mothers and children, who are left without anywhere to go.


children are homeless nationwide due to domestic violence.

less than 30 beds

In Cuyahoga County in 2013, there were less than 30 beds reserved at shelters for victims of domestic violence.

The cost of homelessness

$40,451 per person

Individuals suffering from mental illness cost taxpayers $40,451 per person, per year while homeless.


Housing that individual led to a reduction in costs of $16,281.

We're taking a stand against homelessness.

United Way of Greater Cleveland supports the most effective models for eradicating homelessness and its effects, in an effort to break the cycle. This includes investing in eviction prevention and housing stability programs and emergency shelters.

United Way also supports services at Permanent Supportive Housing which offers people a safe, secure place to live and has on-site services to ensure the success of residents.

86% reduction of chronic homelessness

Over 12 years, Permanent Supportive Housing's model has led to this significant reduction of chronic homelessness.

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