Housing First or Permanent Supportive Housing
In 2006, Eden added an expansive level to its programming, when it became involved in the development, ownership, provision, and management of Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH). EDEN and its partners were among the first homeless coalitions to embrace the “Housing First” model, which was seen as a revolutionary approach to combating chronic homelessness.
Before addressing any other issues, Housing First enables people experiencing the highest barriers to housing, the chronic homelessness, to find a permanent place to call home. Lease compliance is the only requirement, and participation in supportive services is voluntary. Supportive services are client-driven, and tailored to the needs of each resident. Over 97% of residents opt to participate in an array of onsite supportive services.
Our Permanent Supportive Housing buildings preserve historic landmarks, transform neglected properties, and introduce new resources and opportunities to surrounding communities.
In October of 2018, EDEN opened its 11th PSH building. The PSH buildings currently provide a safe, stable, supportive living environment to 667 formerly chronically homeless individuals. EDEN and its Housing First Initiative partners have been able to reduce chronic homelessness in Cuyahoga County by approximately 87%.