Please see the following Plain Dealer article about plans for the 66-apartment Permanent Supportive Housing building, which is anticipated to open in 2019.
CMHA will be opening its Housing Choice Voucher Lottery, in a few days!
Waiting List will only be available from Midnight on Monday August 3 to Midnight on Friday August 7. It will only be available electronically for online submissions, and once it is closed it will not be open again until 2019 at the earliest. The last time the waiting list was opened was 2011.
Everyone currently homeless or nearing homelessness should complete the application.
The website for applications will be http://applycuyahogacounty.tenmast.com, but will only be available for those five days.
For the elderly and disabled there is a telephone number to call to complete the application then the individual will be e-mailed or mailed a confirmation number. The application call center will be open from 8 am to 8 p.m. from 8/3/2015 to 8/7.
All the libraries and computer centers will be available to help people with the application. It typically takes 5 minutes to complete the application with just basic information (for single individuals). It takes longer to add all the other members of a household. All those in the household must be included (grandmother, children, etc.).
Duplicates will be discarded, but every adult can complete an application to get in the lottery even if that adult is a member another household. A couple should each complete an application to better their chances. If a parent (grandmother) is a member of a household they should complete an application as head of the household as well just to better their chances. Mom, Dad, Grandmother, 18 year old son and two minor children are a household, they should complete four applications with each adult as head of household but every application should include the other members of the family listed.
There is a Spanish and English version on the site and the call center has Spanish speakers as well. ·
10,000 names will be drawn and then sorted from first to last by computer. Those at the front of the waiting list will be selected first and the top 600 will be offered a housing voucher this year. All the numbers of the winners will be selected by September 15, 2015. It does not matter when you submit your application.
Successful application will produce a confirmation number and that number will be the one posted so that individuals can see if they won the lottery and made the waiting list. An individual can enter a couple of unique identifying pieces of information to retrieve their confirmation number if they lose it.
An individual can be on the Public Housing Waiting list, can be a tenant of CMHA or any other subsidized program (EDEN, Project based housing, etc) and apply for the Housing Choice Voucher Program.
NEOCH staff will be available from 9 to 5 every day that week to help people complete their application. You can send people to NEOCH and we will make sure that they get their application filed and we will give them their confirmation number.
If your number is selected and you make it to the top of the waiting list, they will call you in for an interview at which time they will do the income verification and ask all the eligibility questions. That could be in December 2015 or March of 2019, so it does not hurt to apply now.
Critically Important Advocacy and Action Alert!
Drastic changes were made to the state budget through the Omnibus Amendment in the State Senate. As a result, the Ohio Housing Trust Fund is in great jeopardy.
We need your help TODAY in reaching out to your house and senate members! Please ask them to support the House version of the Housing Trust Fund language, and not the Senate version.
The current budget contains the proposal to cut Trust Fund revenues in half and redistribute the other half to newly-created county entities that lack housing experience and coordination.
EDEN and other low income housing organizations depend upon Ohio Housing Trust Fund dollars to continue to provide quality, affordable housing with support services, designed to end homelessness for individuals—and their families—that are suffering from disabilities. EDEN was approved for nearly $2.3 million in funding for 2015 and 2016, which enables us to provide 24-hour staffing and security to our Permanent Supportive Housing buildings. As a result, many of our community’s most vulnerable members have a place to call home and the support necessary to re-build their lives, in a highly cost-effective way.
Please join us in telling legislators to remove the Omnibus Amendment to H.B. 64!
If the amendment makes it through the legislative process, it will go into effect July 1st. The state will have only half of the money it currently administers, so unless this change is rejected, all organizations currently funded with Ohio Housing Trust Fund dollars will see dramatic reductions without any clear access to local funds.
Here are the contact lists for the Ohio House of Representatives (http://www.ohiohouse.gov/members/member-directory) and the Ohio Senate http://www.ohiosenate.gov/members/senate-directory).
Please call or email your state representatives as soon as you can TODAY, to ask them to support the language in the House version of the budget regarding the Ohio Housing Trust Fund.
We ask that you continue these calls into next week while the conference committee meets to iron out differences in the House and Senate versions of the budget!
Remember that drastic changes to the Ohio Housing Trust Fund will begin July 1. Please act now.
At the heart of each of EDEN’s activities is its emphasis on the interdependence of all facets of our community. We remain unwavering in our commitment to helping people access a basic human right—safe and stable housing--but understand that the ultimate success of this effort depends, in large part, on building partnerships with fellow community members that share our desire to combat and eradicate homelessness. Thank you for your support!
The State of Ohio Historic Preservation Office invited EDEN and Cleveland Housing Network to attend their annual Board of Trustees meeting on Thursday, June 26, in Columbus. At the meeting, the partners were given a special commendation for their contribution to historic preservation for their work in restoring and renovating an over 100-year old building on Cleveland’s Near West Side.
Through these efforts, an ailing historic structure has been given new life—and in its restoration, 40 men and women have been given a chance at a new life, themselves.
In May of 2013, the Winton on Lorain opened as a permanent supportive housing apartment building for chronically homeless individuals.
Formerly known as the Ohio Freight building, the Winton has seen many past lives, under its roof. Between 1911 and 1913, the building was a funeral home and furniture manufacturing company. But over the past century, the formerly stunning gem fell into disrepair and neglect. The building was restored to its original glory by EDEN, and its lead developing partner and co-owner, Cleveland Housing Network.
EDEN and CHN undertook significant renovations, including:
The building provides efficiency apartments with full baths and kitchens, on-site social services, common laundry facilities, a community room with kitchen, a computer lab, parking for residents and a 24-hour staffed front desk.
The Winton on Lorain is part of Housing First, a coalition of public and private organizations whose mission is to end chronic homelessness in our region. Key operating partners of this effort include EDEN, CHN, Enterprise Community Partners, and FrontLine Service.
The project was funded mainly through the use of Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC). Other financing included HOME funds (local and state), the Federal Home Loan Bank’s Affordable Housing Program and the local Continuum of Care.
Greenbridge Commons tenant Sharon Voik was the feature subject in an article on homelessness by Steven Zamiska of the Campus District Observer. Sharon shared her story of spiraling downward into homelessness and, through self-determination and the help of EDEN, coming back to a place of stability. Click here for the full article. Sharon's is just one of many success stories!
Thank you, Ruth Flannery, for creating a fantastic welcome sign for EDEN's Winton on Lorain Permanent Supportive Housing building. The sign will be hung in the lobby to let everyone know all are welcomed at The Winton.
A huge thank you to Cleveland Print Room for designing and installing a photographic display of the Euclid Corridor then and now at our Greenbridge Commons Permanent Supportive Housing building. The display is already a conversation starter as tenants, staff, and visitors remember when (and discover what used to be on the Greenbridge site). For information on the Cleveland Print Room click here.
Salad days at Northridge Commons, EDEN's permanent supportive housing apartment for older men and women. Northridge staff and tenants planted and are tending to a gorgeous vegetable and flower garden complete with EDEN's first rain barrel for eco-friendly watering.
Design phase work has begun on Emerald Alliance VIII-Detroit, a Permanent Supportive Housing Project that will serve disabled, formerly homeless individuals.
Located on Cleveland's West Side, it will be a four story wood frame facility with living units on the first floor along with social service offices, a community room, conference rooms and kitchen. The upper floors will be all apartments. It will be approximately 45,000 square feet in total.
Greenbridge Commons, EDEN's newest Permanent Supportive Housing apartment building, was one of the select few low-income housing developments honored recently by Novogradac & Company LLP. Winners of the 2012 Developments of Distinction Awards were honored at a special presentation held during the Novogradac Tax Credit Developers Conference on January 10, 2013 in Miami. Greenbridge was honored for its contribution to the rebirth of a long-neglected stretch of Cleveland's Euclid Corridor.