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CLEVELAND, OH -- We are thrilled to share that today, partners in Cuyahoga County’s Housing First initiative announced a partnership with A Place 4 Me to design a new 50-unit supportive housing development specifically to serve transition-aged youth age 18 to 24 (TAY) experiencing homelessness. The partners recently attracted low-income housing tax credits from the Ohio Housing Finance Agency to help fund the $12 million development, which has an anticipated opening in summer 2023 in the St. Clair Superior neighborhood.
A Place 4 Me serves hundreds of young people each year and works in partnership with its own REACH Youth Action Board toward a goal of preventing and ending youth homelessness in Cuyahoga County. Recognizing the need for supportive housing resources for young adults, A Place 4 Me will join Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland, Enterprise Community Partners, CHN Housing Partners, EDEN. and FrontLine Service to help transition-aged young people move out of homelessness through the new Cuyahoga TAY supportive housing development.
The young adults who comprise the REACH board of A Place 4 Me all have lived expertise in homelessness, housing instability or child welfare, and the group has collaborated in planning, site location and building design. REACH board members will continue to inform the planning process, including the development of services and building policies and procedures.
CHN Housing Partners and EDEN Inc. will serve as development co-owners, with CHN as lead developer and EDEN as co-developer and property manager. FrontLine Service will operate as the lead onsite service provider, and Enterprise Community Partners and A Place 4 Me serve as convening partners for the collaborative initiative. The Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland catalyzed funding for the development, and Cuyahoga County Office of Homeless Services (OHS) and Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority have committed to providing operating support in the form of rental subsidies. Additional funding sources will be accessed through the private sector; federal, state and local governments; and philanthropy.