Homeless grant aims to reduce alcohol and drug abuse, find housing
(Cleveland, OH) The Northern Ohio Recovery Association (NORA) is reaching out to serve Cleveland area homeless women through a $1.2 million dollar grant. The purpose of the funding, received over a three year period, is to secure permanent housing and facilitate recovery.
Led by, Anita Bradley, the non-profit substance abuse and alcohol recovery agency is implementing the Collaboration PUSH initiative. The project is guided by a 10 member community stakeholder advisory group and will serve 120 adult women, including 50 who are U.S. military veterans. “This collaboration brings everyone together, working in their respective professions, to make a mark on society,” Bradley says.
Participants must be homeless and experiencing a substance use disorder or co-occurring substance use and mental health disorder. This population is over-represented by African American (59%) and Latina (12%) women, who survive at or below poverty level incomes, are likely unemployed and lack health insurance. In 2013, over 2,700 newly homeless individuals and 380 newly homeless families sought shelter services. Substance use problems among homeless populations vary from 30% to 50%. Psychiatric disorders are estimated to affect about one-third of the homeless population. Ohio has the 9th highest percent of individuals, 12 years and older, needing but not receiving treatment for illicit drug use in the nation; 3rd highest for 26 years and older. The Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) estimates 45% of homeless vets experience mental illness and 70% experience substance use disorders.
Outcome objectives are to reduce alcohol/drug use, reduce mental health distress symptoms, increase permanent housing, and secure legal income sufficient to maintain housing and basic needs. Minor biological children will be allowed to stay with their mother in NORA housing.
The grant not only benefits women and children, Bradley emphasizes, but also seeks to educate them on domestic violence. “I am ecstatic about what God has commissioned us to do. He is faithful and has blessed our community again,” she says.
For more information about this homeless grant, please contact Anita Bradley, Executive Director of NORA, at (216) 391-6672 or email email@example.com.