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Housing First

Ted Howard’s efficiency apartment in Cleveland’s Glenville Neighborhood has been a safe haven for him for nearly three years. Tidy and compact, he calls it a “blessing for this place to be here.

“Because of my addiction I couldn’t get money to get an apartment,” he said.

Ted lives in Liberty at St. Clair, a 72-unit apartment building on St. Clair Avenue. Liberty, a Housing First apartment building, is one of eight with more than 500 units around Cleveland.

Without housing, people struggle to keep or find a job, care for children and move out of poverty. Without housing, people have a hard time getting clean and sober.

The Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland, in partnership with Enterprise Community Partners and the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Office of Homeless Services, brought together housing, service providers and foundations to create the Housing First Initiative.

The Initiative was created to address the challenge of chronic homelessness, and to develop a strategy for bringing Housing First to Cuyahoga County.

The shared goal is to develop 1,000 units of permanent supportive housing in Cuyahoga County.

“Housing First” is both an initiative and a philosophy that no matter what obstacles people face, ensuring them a home is paramount. Housing First combines permanent affordable housing with onsite supportive services such as education and job skills training, as well as substance abuse and mental health issues. It is a proven solution to end longterm homelessness for people like Ted.

Ted moved in and out of homelessness for years after becoming addicted to cocaine and losing his job. He stayed at the men’s homeless shelter, and at other times would crash at a friend’s place.

Now Ted takes the bus to vocational training and attends 12-step meetings in the community room of his building. “I’m on the right track.”

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Our Mission

For more than 15 years, the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland has worked to improve the lives of those most in need with special attention to families, women and children living in poverty.

News & Events

Called by Faith

There’s a new name and look for the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland’s newsletter which shares the good work and stories of Catholic women religious and their lay partners in northeast Ohio. Read Called by Faith here.


Second Quarter Grants Awarded

The Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland announces 13 second quarter grants, totaling $254,675, to nonprofit organizations primarily in Greater Cleveland.


A majority of the grantees are Saint Ann Legacy Grants which support the work of women religious. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the establishment of the Saint Ann Foundation, the first health care conversion foundation and the first foundation of a religious congregation in the United States. Its creation in 1974 provided a model that would profoundly change the face of philanthropy.


The Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine’s decision to use the assets from a hospital sale to create a grantmaking foundation was truly visionary, and became a powerful example for others to follow. Read more about the first health care conversion foundation.


For 32 years, the Saint Ann Foundation advanced a mission focused on women, children and infants by providing life-sustaining grants to numerous health and human service organizations and ministries of women religious who served vulnerable populations throughout Northeast Ohio. Today, the Sisters of Charity of Foundation of Cleveland, which became the successor organization of the Saint Ann Foundation in 2006, carries forward this important legacy. See grantees.


Assuring Stable Homes

The Foundation is committed to ending homelessness and recently has focused on the problem of homeless youth, bringing together a collaboration of organizations and agencies working on the issue.


The foundation has awarded nearly a million of dollars in grants since late 2012 to local nonprofits involved in reducing youth homelessness and has partnered with Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative, the YWCA Greater Cleveland and others on the issue.


Listen to a recent Sound of Ideas show on WCPN 90.3 on the connection between aging out of foster care and youth homelessness. The foundation sponsored a local discussion on the issue and co-sponsored a national conference to highlight the connection between aging out of foster care and unprepared youth often becoming homeless. Watch a piece by Newsnet5 on the issue.


Cleveland was one of a nine pilot communities that participated in the federal 2013 Youth Count Initiative in January.  Read about the survey results. Watch a video on the issue with local experts and homeless youth.

New Promise Neighborhood Staff

We are happy to share with you the great news that the Cleveland Central Promise Neighborhood has added three new staff members.


Sandra Golden, Ph.D. is the new associate Promise director. Look for Dr. Golden, who previously was Professor of Education at Defiance College,  in the neighborhood to congratulate and welcome her to the foundation, to the Central Neighborhood and to the Promise initiative.  More information on Dr. Golden.


Also welcome Joseph Black, our new Promise Neighborhood Engagement Manager and Dawn Glasco, our new Promise Neighborhood Engagement  Coordinator. More information here.

Foundations’ Efforts to Sustain Sister-Affiliated Ministries

A recently released study documents and assesses a 10-year initiative undertaken by the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland and the Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina to sustain the ministries of Catholic sisters in Northeast Ohio and South Carolina. The full study, Support for Sister-Affiliated Ministries During Challenging Times: Understanding a Foundation Initiative in Two Regions, can be seen here.


The Collaboration for Ministry Initiative was undertaken by the foundations to encourage and support collaboration among different religious orders. The study offers lessons learned from the collaborations to help others with similar ambitions, as well as to strengthen and sustain sister-affiliated ministries and grassroots programming. More…