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:

  • Original tin ceilings were stripped of lead-based paint and reinstalled on the first floor common areas.
  • The original storefront was recreated, including windows and plaster elements.
  • The former Masonic lodge was preserved, and is now used as a conference room.

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.