CLEVELAND, Ohio – Imagine, for a moment, that you are a single mother, riding with your children on a shuttle from Cuyahoga County’s downtown intake facility for the homeless to an emergency shelter on Cleveland’s East Side.
You’re carrying few possessions, if any at all. Most of your things you’ve either left behind, or you’ve spent your last dollars to commit them to storage after you and your kids were forced out of your last home. Your children tell you they’re hungry, and you try to reassure them that a hot meal is right around the corner. Maybe you’ve been saying that all day. But you really don’t know what to expect, as you gather your little ones and step inside.