The St. Herman House – FOCUS Cleveland
First Nonprofit Foundation awarded The St. Herman House – FOCUS Cleveland $25,000 to support programs in their new transitional house.
Availability of affordable housing in the United States is at an all-time low, while rents are increasing and traditional low-income housing is being scaled back drastically. Many homeless people are waiting on subsidized Section 8 housing lists. Waits can take as long as seven or eight years in the Cleveland area. Others cannot even get on the waiting list.
Creating new affordable housing and providing occupants with comprehensive case management to support resiliency and self-sufficiency is a main concern for St. Herman House, which recently acquired an additional house to assist more men. This house will serve as transitional housing for 12 men who have 6 months of sobriety; employment, disability or social security income; and ongoing case management. These men will be referred to the new facility from St. Herman’s other operations or from human services agencies in the area.
Men who move into the new house will pay rent, live independently, yet still receive aggressive case management. St Herman’s has created a curriculum of life skills such as budgeting, healthcare, and goal setting to accompany ongoing case management and alcohol prevention meetings. This will help them be successful when they leave St. Herman House and transition into permanent affordable housing.
This transitional housing model is replicable across the United States and serves as a model program for national housing policy that guides and forms federal legislation governing homelessness and poverty.
This project is fully funded at $200,000. Refurbishment of the facility is expected to be completed in May. St. Herman’s will then use the funds from the First Nonprofit Foundation grant to provide the programming and the actual delivery of services. Occupancy of 75% along with contributions from their donor base will make this project sustainable.
St. Herman’s will consider this project successful if they maintain 75% occupancy and clients are moved from homelessness to independence in 6-18 months.
The St. Herman House – FOCUS Cleveland is organized exclusively for charitable and educational purposes. More specifically, its purpose is to manage the house of hospitality, promote Orthodox ministry in the community and help those in need in the Ohio City area.
The St. Herman House has served the poor and homeless population in Ohio City for over
35 years. As a separate entity, solely owned and operated by FOCUS North America, they provide housing and case management services to over 100 homeless men per year. In addition,
St. Herman House provides hot meals three times per day to all those in need. Eating at St. Herman’s allows individuals and families the ability to eat nutritiously and stay current on
their housing payments.
"I had heard horror stories about lengthy grant processes and paperwork, but working with First Nonprofit Foundation was surprisingly easy. This grant gave our other donors assurance that if they participated, the project would go forward."