Cleveland Mediation Center
A conflict resolution approach to keeping people housed.
Shelter Diversion Training
Shelter Diversion prevents homelessness for people seeking shelter by identifying immediate alternate housing and connecting clients to services and financial assistance so they can return to permanent housing. In Cleveland, we have found that this client-centered, conflict resolution approach keeps many persons seeking shelter stably housed.
Diversion experts from Cleveland Mediation Center can bring this interactive diversion training to your community so that similar programs may be set up. CMC has trained over 30 communities across the country in shelter diversion since 2014. 95% of participants gave the training an Excellent or Very Good Overall Rating.
2-Day Diversion Training for 25-100 participants
1-Day Train-the-Trainer Session for up to 20 participants, must have taken the 2-Day Diversion Training prior to attending
"The Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) grantees in Los Angeles County are part of a national diversion pilot known as Rapid Resolution. As a community, we realized that we needed to implement diversion practices to increase housing opportunities for our Veterans. Implementing diversion in a community that spans over 4,000 square feet and is home to 3,910 Veterans experiencing homelessness seemed like an epic and nearly impossible feat. We knew that it would be critical to find experts in the field to train our SSVF grantees. We chose Cleveland Mediation Center due to their longstanding positive reputation as leaders in this work and they did not disappoint. In fact, they blew us away and thoroughly impressed us.
The training itself was comprehensive and provided both macro and micro aspects of conflict resolution and mediation. We were able to see the practical application of diversion in a video clip and we had the opportunity to utilize the skills we were learning during several group activities. Our trainer, Lehman Busbee, was a dynamic speaker that kept our group engaged for three full days of training. He shared his own personal experience with diversion implementation which inspired our own implementation ideas for our community. Lehman’s ability to present new information, while also creating a space for open dialogues, allowed us to learn from him and each other. The training allowed our community to begin to shift to a diversion paradigm and transformed our feelings of hesitation and concern to feelings of eagerness and excitement. We are incredibly grateful for the gift that Lehman and the Cleveland Mediation Center has shared with us and we are now ready to share this gift the rest of our homeless services community in Los Angeles County."
-The Los Angeles SSVF Collaborative
Contact Danielle Cosgrove at or 216-621-1919 ext 6810 for more information.