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Thursday is the first night dozens of homeless mothers and children in Cleveland won’t have to sleep on mats on a gym floor.
Haven Home opens this evening. It is located on the campus of Elizabeth Baptist Church.
Cuyahoga County opened the temporary emergency overflow site because all the four family shelters in Cleveland are full, and have been for more than a year.
Thirteen months ago, The City Mission opened its gym so the families would at least have a safe place to sleep, but the numbers haven’t gone down.
Haven Home will provide more comfortable accommodations and crucial services for the mothers and children.
Haven Home is not a 24/7 emergency overflow shelter. Officials tell me they were focused on the immediate need which was to provide a more comfortable space and services.
The women and children will be dropped off at the Cosgrove Center at 8 a.m. and will then be brought back to Haven Home in the early evening/late afternoon for dinner and to sleep.
There are showers and bathtubs available and a place where families can lock up their belongings.
The Haven Home will also stay open during the day on the weekends.
They are also working on getting a direct pick-up for school-age children.
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