Client Empowerment Services Advocates

Client Empowerment Services Advocates

We understand that having a secure home is a fundamental pillar of well-being and a key social determinant of health. We uphold this right by assisting the residents and community clients in two ways. First, our Client Empowerment Services help individuals and families of Cuyahoga County who are facing challenges which threaten their housing through assessing their needs and connecting them with social support services to ensure long-term stability. Our services include:
  • Housing Stability (eviction prevention, rental assistance, utility assistance)
  • Substance Use Disorder Treatment
  • Mental Health Counseling
  • Art Therapy
  • Music Therapy
  • Affordable Housing

    Affordable Housing

    Front Steps provides support services to residents of St. Joseph’s Commons, a new construction composed of 68 one-bedroom Permanent Supportive Housing units in the Ohio City neighborhood of Cleveland.

    Front Steps follows a Housing First approach that quickly and successfully connects individuals and families experiencing homelessness in Cuyahoga County to stable, permanent housing. Housing First is a long-term, community-based housing model that is designed to enable individuals to live as independently as possible in a permanent setting.

    Front Steps is aligned with the Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) model. Assisting persons experiencing chronic homelessness who also have an accompanying disability or a behavioral health diagnosis to achieve a permanent housing solution is our primary goal. One of the ways we accomplish this is to eliminate preconditions and barriers to entry such as sobriety, treatment, or service participation requirements.

    On-site supportive services that maximize housing stability and prevent returns to homelessness are offered to residents. Participation is encouraged but is never required.

    Click the button below to discover more about St. Joseph’s Commons, including the process to apply for residency.