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EDEN was incorporated in 1991. Its primary goals were providing, operating, and advocating for affordable housing opportunities for low-income persons living with disabilities and may be experiencing homelessness.
What began as one property on West St. James Avenue has grown over the past 30 years. EDEN now owns and manages more than 200 units of scattered-site housing for individuals and families who have a member with a mental illness. Our Permanent Supportive Housing for chronically homeless individuals includes 738 units with an additional 62 currently under construction. The agency also owns Norma Herr Women's Center, which is the primary shelter in Cuyahoga County for single adult women.
EDEN administers rental assistance for more than 3,000 households per month, focusing mainly on persons with disabilities and those who are homeless. This includes single individuals, families, and citizens re-entering our community from institutions. EDEN is also the primary provider of the Rapid Re-Housing Program (time-limited rental assistance) in Cuyahoga County.
In 2020, EDEN served more than 4,500 households — the highest total in its history — with permanent supportive housing, rental assistance, homeless prevention services, and more.
There are many ways you can celebrate our 30 years of service to northeast Ohio. All proceeds will benefit EDEN's programs that provide housing services to our community's most vulnerable populations, so you know it will go for a great cause!
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.
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Young Adult Households
Dear Friends of EDEN:
I hope this finds you well during this incredibly difficult time.
As I reflect upon the year in order to draft this annual message, January of 2020 seems like a lifetime ago.
Beginning in March, EDEN's daily operations underwent a whirlwind of change, from workplace locations, to staff responsibilities, to COVID protocols, to methods of service delivery, but through it all, our staff has risen to each challenge with ingenuity, resilience, fortitude, and unwavering dedication to EDEN's mission, and for that I am deeply grateful. These unprecedented times have required adaptability and flexibility from each and every member of the EDEN team, and I am beyond proud to work with so many incredible people, and tremendously thankful for their willingness to take everything in stride. EDEN staff have truly been unsung heroes in our region's response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Throughout the year, we have been and will continue making diligent, informed decisions around COVID-19, maintaining constant contact with our participants, community partners, and funders in the process.
Sudden changes in our society due to the global pandemic have made many more people vulnerable than ever before. Amid an unprecedented public health and economic crisis, EDEN has increased the housing options and related supports for Cuyahoga County's at-risk populations, and we have delivered these vital services to the greatest number of households in the history of our agency. Like health care workers, first responders, grocery workers, and more, EDEN staff are essential workers during COVID-19 and beyond. Housing is always essential.
But while EDEN has stepped up to address a massive surge in demand for safety net services, meeting this challenge has resulted in unexpected costs and revenue reduction. For example, we could not celebrate the critically-important work we do with you at our Annual Event, this year, which raises vital operating support for our programs and services.
Your support of this year's Annual Fund Appeal will enable us to continue to maintain and innovate our operations, and buffer against some of the most serious health, economic, and social consequences of the pandemic for our community through the foundational provision of a place to call home for our neighbors in need.
As EDEN embarks upon its 30th Anniversary Year, I can affirm that EDEN is uniquely prepared to help our community navigate through both the immediate response to COVID-19 and the long-term rebuilding process that will follow.
While we may not know the depth of the challenges in front of us, I know that we are at our best when working together. We would be honored and grateful to partner with you in the essential work of providing housing—and achieving a healthier, stronger, and more equitable community for all.
Please accept my wishes for a peaceful and healthy season, and brighter days in 2021, for you and your loved ones.