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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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For more than 18 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

Sisters of Charity Foundation to Relocate to Campus District

The Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland’s office in the Halle Building and surrounding area continue to transform as part of the second largest theater district outside of New York City, and grow amid the residential renaissance of downtown. In preparation for the Halle Building’s transition primarily to residences as part of that vision, the foundation has explored many potential new sites.


We are pleased to share that the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland will soon make the Sisters of Charity Health System Building our home. This building underwent a complete transformation in 2010 to become a vibrant new part of the growing education and medical community in the Campus District. Additionally, this location is in the historic Central Neighborhood, which our founding sisters have been serving for 164 years. Central is also home to some of our funding priorities.


We are excited and pleased to select this location for our new office. The Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland’s relocation will be complete as of Monday, February 2.


Please note our new address:

Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland
2475 East 22 Street, Fourth Floor
Cleveland, OH 44115


Throughout this move, the foundation remains fully  focused on our same strategic work in ending homelessness, making Central a healthy community, improving educational outcomes through the Central Promise Neighborhood initiative, and sustaining and supporting  Catholic women religious. The Cleveland Central Promise Neighborhood continues to work from its offices at the George Washington Carver STEM School.


On behalf of the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland board and staff, we look forward to welcoming you to our vibrant new office the Sisters of Charity Health System Building in the very near future.


Nation’s first county-level Pay for Success program aims to reconnect foster children in stable, affordable housing

The Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland joined many partners on December 4 in announcing the nation’s first county-level Pay for Success program. Announced during a conference in Chicago hosted by the White House’s Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation, the program – known as the Partnering for Family Success Program—aims to reconnect foster children in Cuyahoga County with caregivers in stable, affordable housing.  This innovative program will deliver intensive 12-15 month treatment to 135 families over five years to reduce the length of stay in out-of-home foster care placement for children whose families are homeless.


Read more in the official announcement and fact sheet as well as in this blog post from the White House. Review frequently asked questions.homelessbanner2


The foundation has awarded more than $1.5  million  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. Watch a video on the issue with local experts and homeless youth.


Dear County Executive

Foundation President Susanna H. Krey joined others community leaders, asked by The Center for Community Solutions, to write letters to the incoming Cuyahoga County executive to be elected this November. Community Solutions believes they represent an opportunity for a remarkable partnership between the new executive and the community
he will be leading. A partnership that could lead to real solutions to today’s challenges. They encouraged him to read these letters, reach out to the authors, and give real consideration to incorporating their ideas into his strategic planning. By doing so, we can move forward…finding community solutions together. See all the letters. Read Susanna Krey’s letter.

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.