We are thrilled to announce that chronic homelessness in Cuyahoga County has dropped by 86% since EDEN and its Housing First partners opened their first Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) complex, Emerald Commons, in 2006.

There are currently 9 PSH buildings co-owned and operated by EDEN, and the 10th– Inez Killingsworth Pointe—in Cleveland’s Union-Miles Neighborhood, is slated to be completed by the end of 2017. This building will house 66 residents with single bedroom apartments, and onsite support services.

You may be asking “how does Housing First work”?

Permanent supportive housing enables people to become housed, and then work to regain control over their lives and their health in a safe, secure environment.

This approach is based on research and experience that has demonstrated that stable housing is the linchpin to a chronically homeless individual’s ability to address obstacles that have impeded stability, and is the best solution for long-term success. In addition, Permanent Supportive Housing reduces significant burden on the safety-net system, and delivers great financial savings to the community.

Approximately 16% of the residents in our PSH buildings are veterans. Almost 9% of all homeless people in the nation are veterans. Our Permanent Supportive Housing provides on-site case management to meet with residents to insure housing stability. There is also a community room for meetings and events, a computer lab, laundry facilities, and other amenities.

Our goal is to completely eradicate chronic homelessness in our community, and we have almost achieved our goal! EDEN could not achieve this success without the unwavering commitment of our Housing First partners:

Enterprise Community PartnersCleveland Housing Network, Frontline Service, Cuyahoga County, City of Cleveland, Sisters of Charity Foundation, Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority, Care Alliance Health Center and the Cleveland VA Medical Center.

Our region should be very proud of our success in combating chronic homelessness by providing a permanent home and support services to individuals with the highest needs and most barriers to housing. For more information, please visit: http://www.housingfirstinitiative.org