Source: Design Impact & the City of Cincinnati
HOW MIGHT WE SUPPORT PEOPLE EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS WHO ARE UNWILLING OR UNABLE TO GO TO SHELTERS?
In July 2018, the City of Cincinnati was embroiled in controversy surrounding dozens of people living beneath the I-75 overpass and along Third Street in downtown Cincinnati without housing. The public response clearly communicated to the city that they needed to build trust with the homeless community and increase support to reduce homelessness.
Between December 2018 and May 2019, the City of Cincinnati hired DI to recommend programs, services, policies, and procedures that better support people experiencing homelessness who are unwilling or unable to go to shelters. DI and a working group of service providers, decision makers, and people who experienced homelessness developed a number of recommendations for the City of Cincinnati to support people who are unwilling or unable to go to shelters.
“At some point we got tied to funding streams and more removed from people.”