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Impacting Basic Needs

Supporting basic needs aligns with United Way of Greater Cleveland’s history and is identified as a key community need. The goal of this area is to increase access to resources meeting daily needs.

Importance of Supporting Basic Needs

In these challenging times, meeting the basic needs of people in our community and helping them develop skills to reduce their dependence on services is critical. United Way of Greater Cleveland is helping address the immediate basic needs of people right here in our community — providing food, shelter, transportation and medication. With your support, United Way is investing in basic needs programs to help people overcome crisis, ensure everyone has a roof over their heads and food on the table and help families maintain stable housing. Investments to ensure the basic needs of our community are met include:

  • Food Stability – Programs enhancing or expanding access to healthy, quality food for individuals and families in crisis.
  • Emergency Shelter and Housing – Programs providing in-the-moment access to shelter and those using best practice models to create housing stability.
  • Transportation Access – Programs providing transportation to marginalized, high-need individuals such as seniors and those with disabilities as nearly 21 percent of individuals in Cleveland have a verified disability; this rate is lowered to 15.1 percent when looking at the county average.
  • Medication Access – Programs increase access to low- or no-cost medications with an emphasis on programs using a multi-pronged approach to find a client the lowest cost option.

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