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The ongoing economic impact of pandemic-related restrictions. The housing crisis. Inflation. Supply chain disruptions. Labor shortages. Soaring construction costs.
A normal year would have just one or two of these challenges. But 2022 has become a “cornucopia of concerns,” impacting every aspect of our lives. Families are still playing catch-up from months, even years, of instability and uncertainty. Many lost their homes during 2020-2021 and still are not able to find suitable housing that meets their budget. Out-of-state buyers have exacerbated the problem by purchasing rental properties and raising rents beyond the means of most low-income families. Because of this, EDEN has experienced an unprecedented rise in requests for housing support: in 2022, we served 4,891 households — an increase of 9.8% from the 4,544 households served in 2021. (Click here for full demographics of the clients we served in 2022).
The costs of providing those services have also risen. In response to inflation and the hike to the cost of living, EDEN has increased the salaries of staff who support our clients so that they can earn a living wage. As a result, EDEN’s employee expenses increased by 13% in 2022 vs. 2021. Administrative costs—which include insurance rates, technology, overhead, and more—rose 39%. Supply chain issues and the labor shortage in the construction industry have significantly impacted EDEN’s 2022 building costs. One project, for instance almost doubled in price from when it was budgeted in 2019.
The picture is not all grim, however. I am so proud of our staff who have continued to focus on our mission of providing housing solutions to people facing the challenges of housing insecurities and homelessness. Their dedication, compassion, and willingness to go above and beyond to help those in need never fails to inspire me. We motivate each other to look at issues, brainstorm solutions, and implement strategies that make EDEN not only a mission worthy of your support, but a workplace of choice.
I am also tremendously heartened by the support we receive from you! Whether you volunteer to paint a community room at one of our Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) properties or donate to one of our fundraisers, you make a significant impact on the lives of thousands of individuals and families in our community who are forced to face housing insecurities and being unhoused.
Your generous support of this year’s Annual Fund Appeal will enable us to maintain and innovate our operations so that we can continue to provide a place to call home for our neighbors in need. To donate, you can click here. If you have any questions, please contact us at 216-961-9690 or webmaster@EDENcle.org.
Thank you for your faith in EDEN and thank you for believing that a safe home lays the foundation for stability and turns dreams into realities.
Data confirms that homelessness is a condition that impacts people of color and other minorities a 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 and our organization strives to promote racial equity, both among staff and among those we serve.
Along with our partners, YWCA of Greater Cleveland and FrontLine Service (FLS), we have been developing strategies to understand and address inequities that exist in our work. Our shared goal is to reduce the over-representation of young adults of color in the homeless system and end their homelessness by the end of 2021. We invite you to assist us in this worthy goal.
At 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.
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.
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