It’s no secret that affordable housing and homelessness is a nation-wide issue, and the Ocoee Region is no exception. Over 44% of renters in Cleveland are cost-burdened, spending over 30% or more of their monthly income on housing, and making families more at risk for becoming or staying homeless. That is why United Way, with the support of local, housing-focused nonprofits, is launching Housing United. Housing United is a collaborative, rapid rehousing program whose goal is to prevent and end homelessness quickly by providing services to navigate the housing market, rental assistance and eviction prevention, and long-term case management.
This program was developed through the research and recommendations of the Bradley County Housing Coalition, the Community Needs Identification Committee of United Way, nationally recommended best practices, and new data from the 2019 Tennessee ALICE Report. We believe that this is a solvable community issue and that the solution begins with Housing United.