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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 participants 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 participants 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.
EDEN’s mission is to provide housing solutions to people facing the challenges of housing insecurities and homelessness.
EDEN recognizes that housing is a basic right of all people and is the first step in helping them transform their lives. We believe housing serves as a foundation to build stable lives, advance independence, and fulfill aspirations. We envision that, through our efforts, homelessness will be brief and rare; and every family will have a safe, secure place to call home.
All of our participants are economically disadvantaged, with 89.3% meeting Federal guidelines for extremely low income. We serve young adults aging out of the foster care system and seniors who have fallen into homeless due to health issues and/or having little to no income. Other participants include veterans and survivors of domestic violence or human trafficking. The majority have mental health and/or physical disabilities.
By supporting EDEN’s programs, you help those experiencing housing insecurities and homelessness in Northeast Ohio lay the foundation for stability by helping them to secure and remain in safe and stable housing.
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.
In 2024, EDEN and its partners will open 50-unit supportive housing development specifically to serve transition-aged youth age 18 to 24 (TAY) experiencing homelessness.