LMM COVID-19 Response
Reflections A Year Later
It was with great optimism that we began 2020 with an eye toward transformative services – new solutions in housing for adults, families and youth, expanding our reach in workforce development and social enterprise, and strengthening our health and wellness services in support of a holistic service model. With the onset of the Coronavirus pandemic in early March of last year, and in ensuing weeks and months, it became clear that LMM’s role in the community would be prominent in responding to the pandemic on behalf of those most marginalized. Buoyed by a resilient staff and unwavering leadership team, the organization pivoted in response to what was required in these often termed “unprecedented times” to not only maintain, but expand services and advocacy to adapt to the environment. At a time when organizations and businesses were shutting down, as a provider of essential services, LMM was ramping up efforts as a mission imperative and building on a solid reputation of experience, effectiveness and financial stewardship.
As terms such as “social distancing” and “quarantine” entered our society’s vocabulary and became the norm, the vulnerability of the majority of LMM’s clients became evident. Persons under guardianship, adults and youth experiencing homelessness or housing crises, and those incarcerated live in congregate settings, providing obstacles to adhering to the health mandates to “flatten the curve” and minimize community spread. As the virus began to takes its toll, a disproportionate impact on persons of color was also revealed. Those already marginalized, were at risk to be further oppressed and forgotten.
- Ohio Department of Health: 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634) or https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/
- Ohio Dept. of Jobs & Family Services
- COVID19Housing@mha.ohio.gov for more information related to funding that will help people who may rely on homeless shelters, domestic shelters, group homes, and recovery housing.
- Ohio COVID-19 Job Search
- For behavioral health-specific information visit: mha.ohio.gov/coronavirus
- Behavioral health-related questions, email covid19BH@mha.ohio.gov
- COVID Careline (Emotional Support/Referrals: 1-800-720-9616)
- COVID-19-related OTP questions, email OTP_COVID19@mha.ohio.gov
- Housing questions, email COVID19Housing@mha.ohio.gov
- Telehealth questions, email COVID19BHTelehealth@mha.ohio.gov
- Cleveland Clinic COVID-19 page
- Cleveland Department of Public Health
- Coordinated Intake and Assessment system for persons experiencing homelessness will continue to be utilized, operating now solely by phone at 216-674-6700. Coordinated Intake is available from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. by phone Monday through Friday.
- Cuyahoga County COVID-19 Hotline: 855-711-3035
- Cuyahoga County Board of Health: www.ccbh.net
- City of Cleveland: www.clecityhall.com
- Downtown Cleveland Alliance resource page
- Legal Aid Society of Cleveland Help Lines
- MetroHealth TeleHealth hotline: 440-59-COVID (440-592-6843)
- Northeast Ohio Rental Assistance
- Right To Counsel- Cleveland Launches, Providing Free Legal Help to Low-Income Tenants Facing Eviction
- United Way 2-1-1