CLEVELAND, Ohio — It’s never a good time to be homeless. But, it has to be particularly difficult in the dead of winter.
That’s why help for the homeless was brought inside. The 23rd annual Homeless Stand Down was held in Cleveland Public Auditorium Saturday.
Brian Davis with Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless said 12 organizations joined forces for the one-day social services fair. They expected to help about 1500 people.
“Homeless individuals who are looking for assistance with health care, housing, jobs,” Davis said.
Darlene Dixon, who was once homeless, volunteered at the event.
“They have different section of people doing health screenings, bus passes, food, clothing and boots and clothes for kids,” Dixon added.
The event is organized to make the help easily available by putting various resources and referrals all in one place.
Clayton Hughes, who is homeless, found that to be very helpful.
“What we did down here at the Homeless Stand Down, they helped me out. They did referrals for medical and dental which I greatly need,” Hughes said.
A personal shopper helped the homeless select items they might need. That worked out well for Dale Harris who is homeless.
“Got some things that I need. Got a lot of nice gear, cold weather gear,” Harris said.
Those involved with Homeless Stand Down said they find the greater need now is among families who have nowhere to live.
“We’ve seen especially a large number of children who are homeless in our community. We’re doing a good job in serving veterans and single adults, but families are the big issue right now,” Davis said.
Homeless Stand Down relies on the work of the volunteers and donations. The success of the program is measured when the homeless find a home and are off the streets for good.
For more information on Homeless Stand Down, click here.