Siemer Family Stability Initiative
For decades in Greater Cleveland, low-income families who experience homelessness, especially through eviction, could not access or sustain safe and affordable housing options. Evictions are costly, traumatic and tied to poor health and education outcomes for children sending individuals and families into deeper cycles of poverty.
For more than a decade, United Way of Greater Cleveland has partnered with CHN Housing Partners through the Siemer Family Stability Initiative, which provides money for rent or mortgage payments, utility bills, or property taxes.
The program’s financial coaching classes help families establish good financial habits so they can stay in their homes, communities, and schools.
Between July 1, 2020, and June 30, 2021, nearly 350 families benefited from housing stability programs through the Siemer Family Stability Initiative, and more than 240 of those families were able to maintain stable housing. In recognition of this success and others, The Siemer Institute increased its annual grant to United Way from $200,000 to $350,000, so we can help more families remain in their homes.
United Way of Greater Cleveland is funding four Community Hub grants that are tackling issues related to housing stability. Learn more about the agencies and their programs: