Our Shared Priority:
End Homelessness for Young Adults

Data confirms that homelessness is a condition that impacts people of color and other minorities at a much higher rate than their representation in the population. Working towards racial equity is an essential part of the mission and values of EDEN, Inc., and our organization strives to promote racial equity, both among staff and among those we serve.

We are working with FrontLine Service (FLS) and the YWCA to lead the initiative to reduce the over-representation of young adults of color in the homeless system and end their homelessness by the end of 2021.

EDEN has been participating in a Race Equity Design Lab around young adult homelessness since July, 2017.

Along with our partners, YWCA of Greater Cleveland and FrontLine Service, we have been developing strategies to understand and address inequities that exist in our work. In 2018, we launched an anonymous agency wide survey and asked both our young adult clients and our staff to reply. We reviewed the responses along with our partner agencies in order to design the framework for us to implement improvements and modify our practices where necessary.

Our shared goal is to reduce the over-representation of young adults of color in the homeless system and end youth homelessness by the end of 2021. We invite you to assist us in this worthy goal.

KEEPING EVERYONE SAFE

COVID-19 UPDATEAt EDEN, we’re continually monitoring developing news of the spread of COVID-19, so that we can make necessary adjustments to our activities. Our top priority is the health and safety of our clients, staff, and partners.

While appointments are encouraged, vendors and visitors will be permitted at HQ or any EDEN site. Please call our main line 216-961-9690 for scheduling. If there is no answer, please leave a message and we will respond as quickly as possible.  Please be patient as the call volume will be elevated at this time due to COVID restrictions.

Visitors are required to follow standard protective protocols: wear a mask, engage in social distancing, and wash hands frequently.

Click here for more information about how EDEN is responding to the pandemic and how you can keep you and your family safe and healthy.


Spectrum News Highlights EDEN Landlord Program

CLEVELAND — Steve Stohlman is the owner of Done Right Home Solutions LLC. But he’s more than just a contractor and a landlord. Not only does he do right by the homes he renovates through putting in modern flooring and appliances, he does right by the people who rent from him.

“There’s nothing better than seeing someone become successful,” said Stohlman. “So they tell me, I asked them all, what do you want out of life? And I asked my crew (that) too — what are your goals? We sit down with each and every one of them and we have a conversation about, ‘Hey, where do you want to go in life? You know, what’s your next step?’ And then I help them.”

Stohlman is one of about 1,400 landlords in Cleveland who work with EDEN, a nonprofit whose mission is to provide housing solutions to people facing housing insecurity and homelessness.

“Let’s take the profitability aspect out of it for a second. You might say, ‘Oh my goodness, it’s a homeless person. Or it’s someone that was in jail. I don’t want those people in my building.’ So for us and working with EDEN, EDEN’s going to pay that rent for those people and those programs…. As a landlord, we don’t have to worry about collecting our rent and we can just judge that person on their actions from today forward,” said Stohlman.

“Ultimately, people do better when they have stable housing,” said Anne Hutchison, the manager of short-term assistance and retention at EDEN. “They do better in housing versus staying in shelter. That’s one of the things that research has shown is that when you have somebody in housing and then you link them to services, they’re more successful … A stable home environment is healthier and better for a family or a single individual versus being in a crisis situation.”

Landlords who wish to participate in the program can call our landlord information line, 216-961-9690 x319, or email landlordinfo@edencle.org.

Read the full article and watch the video.

A Letter from EDEN’s Executive Director

Dear Friends of EDEN:

I hope this finds you well during this incredibly difficult time.

As I reflect upon the year in order to draft this annual message, January of 2020 seems like a lifetime ago.

Beginning in March, EDEN’s daily operations underwent a whirlwind of change, from workplace locations, to staff responsibilities, to COVID
protocols, to methods of service delivery, but through it all, our staff has risen to each challenge with ingenuity, resilience, fortitude, and unwavering dedication to EDEN’s mission, and for that I am deeply grateful. These unprecedented times have required adaptability and flexibility from each and every member of the EDEN team, and I am beyond proud to work with so many incredible people, and tremendously thankful for their willingness to take everything in stride. EDEN staff have truly been unsung heroes in our region’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Throughout the year, we have been and will continue making diligent, informed decisions around COVID-19, maintaining constant contact with our participants, community partners, and funders in the process. 

Sudden changes in our society due to the global pandemic have made many more people vulnerable than ever before. Amid an unprecedented public health and economic crisis, EDEN has increased the housing options and related supports for Cuyahoga County’s at-risk populations, and we have delivered these vital services to the greatest number of households in the history of our agency. Like health care workers, first responders, grocery workers, and more, EDEN staff are essential workers during COVID-19 and beyond. Housing is always essential.

But while EDEN has stepped up to address a massive surge in demand for safety net services, meeting this challenge has resulted in unexpected costs and revenue reduction. For example, we could not celebrate the critically-important work we do with you at our Annual Event, this year, which raises vital operating support for our programs and services.

Your support of this year’s Annual Fund Appeal will enable us to continue to maintain and innovate our operations, and buffer against some of the most serious health, economic, and social consequences of the pandemic for our community through the foundational provision of a place to call home for our neighbors in need. 

As EDEN embarks upon its 30th Anniversary Year, I can affirm that EDEN is uniquely prepared to help our community navigate through both the immediate response to COVID-19 and the long-term rebuilding process that will follow.

While we may not know the depth of the challenges in front of us, I know that we are at our best when working together. We would be honored and grateful to partner with you in the essential work of providing housing—and achieving a healthier, stronger, and more equitable community for all.

Please accept my wishes for a peaceful and healthy season, and brighter days in 2021, for you and your loved ones.

Sincerely,

Elaine Gimmel
Executive Director

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We are expanding our foundation and our footprint

EDEN IS WORKING HARD TO:

Expand Programs…to as many people as possible

Expand Housing…by increasing the number of available units in diverse geographic areas

Expand Our Commitment…to combat and eradicate homelessness

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