There was one bright spot in the darkness of the coronavirus pandemic in Cleveland last year: Fewer people were homeless and living on the streets. Chris Knestrick, director of the Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless (NEOCH), estimates there was a roughly 30% decrease in the number of “unsheltered” people experiencing homelessness in Cleveland.
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For over 100 years the City Mission at East 55th and Carnegie has helped people in crisis with shelter, food, and other services. Raul Williams, who has worked there as a social worker and case worker for nearly two years, once stayed here while battling addiction and homelessness. Now he helps people with problems that dogged him for years.