In our work with our clients every day, we see firsthand how great the need for safe and stable housing is right now. We are working harder than ever to meet it, but that need is only growing as the coronavirus spreads, threatening public health and economic security.
We rely on the help and support of our friends and partners to stay the course and meet the increasing demand for our services.
In the month of April alone:
- We moved seven formerly chronically homeless residents, who traditionally experience the most significant barriers to housing, into permanent supportive housing buildings.
- We housed a total of 45 households from shelter (27 families, 17 single adults and one single youth).
- We are currently providing 328 households with temporary rental assistance.
- We housed one family and three single adults directly from shelter into a unit with a permanent housing voucher.
- We transitioned five families from a temporary housing program to a permanent housing program due to their vulnerability and need for additional assistance to avoid re-entering homelessness.
- We housed five clients returning to the community from prison.
- We assisted 10 households with one-time assistance for a security deposit and/or first month’s rent in order to get them into a permanent unit.
- We assisted six families with utility bills, back rent due, application fees and security deposits.
- We assisted one young adult with a security deposit to move in to a new unit and one with assistance with back rent so they did not return to shelter.
- We completed orientations with 10 new clients approved for a permanent housing voucher.
- We assisted our first group of clients with OHFA Funds, relieving six households of back rent that was due and catching them up to current using Emergency Rental Payments.
We serve over 4,000 households every year, and we’ve never stopped working to provide housing solutions to those facing homelessness and housing insecurity. But the needs are ongoing, and increasing – and we need your support to continue meeting them.
A client residing in one of EDEN’s permanent supportive housing buildings has parents who are both in their seventies. Her father used to visit her several times per week, but since the coronavirus began to spread, he hasn’t been able to see her. Instead, our client stops in to talk almost every day with the property manager on-site. Our client says those visits help her feel better when she’s missing her dad. Being there to foster connection and offer support even during a pandemic – that’s what we call success, every day.
One of EDEN’s properties in Cleveland