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'Front Steps' breaking ground on new location to continue helping disabled, chronically homeless

Posted at 1:48 PM, Jun 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-27 18:07:16-04

CLEVELAND — A local group is expanding so it can continue making Cleveland a better land. “Front Steps" helps people who are disabled and chronically homeless.

Often many of the people helped by Front Steps have other problems, like physical and psychological disabilities, and need help.

"We provide behavioral health counseling,” said Sherri Brandon, CEO of Front Steps Housing and Services. “We provide mental health case management. We provide intensive health and alcohol treatment."

Front Steps also offers apartments for the homeless.

For years, Front Steps has provided that help from its building along west 25th Street, but it's old and not big enough.

So this week, Front Steps will break ground on a new building. This one will have eight more apartments to house the homeless, plus it will have space for offices, a common kitchen and social areas.

"If you can touch one person, they touch someone else and someone else and someone else,” Brandon said.

The groundbreaking is Thursday afternoon at Front Steps' new location. It's also along West 25th Street.b The new building will open next year.

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