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EDEN’s mission is to provide housing solutions to people facing the challenges of housing insecurities and homelessness. To do this, we work closely with community and government partners to leverage available resources and implement proven housing strategies and related supports.
In 2022, EDEN provided housing services to 4,891 households / 8,491 individuals. That means that almost 8,500 people no longer experienced homelessness because of EDEN’s efforts. We are on track to exceed this number for 2023, and we view this as our greatest accomplishment.
In Northeast Ohio, there are ever-increasing numbers of households experiencing housing crises. Rent is now higher than in any year on record. And for every 100 Ohio households with “extremely low income,” there are currently only 40 affordable units.
In spite of EDEN serving a record number of households, our participants are experiencing skyrocketing rents, and reduced incomes. Simultaneously, EDEN has been forced to contend with greatly increased costs associated with service provision. Meanwhile, government funding of many of our programs will remain flat in 2024.
For example, the Mainstream Housing Voucher Program provides rental assistance to low-income households that include a person with disabilities. In 2019, the last time the waitlist for this program was opened, EDEN received 6,000 applications. In November 2023, EDEN opened the waitlist for this program for three days. We received more than 9,000 applications. Unfortunately, because of limited resources, only 350 households can be randomly selected and placed on the waitlist for this program. These statistics illustrate the stark reality of the affordable housing crisis in our region.
In order to continue to meet the surging demand for our services and expand upon the breadth of our programming, we must enlist additional partners in our work. We have big goals, but we cannot achieve them alone. Now more than ever, we need the support of generous donors like you. Please click here to help us achieve our vision of eliminating housing insecurity and homelessness in our community!
Thank you for your faith in EDEN, and thank you for believing that a safe home is the foundation for health and stability for those experincing housing instability and homelessness!.
Permanent Supportive Housing—EDEN now owns and manages more than 250 units of scattered-site housing for individuals and families who have a member with a mental illness. We also own and manage 800 units of Permanent Supportive Housing for individuals who have experienced long-term homelessness. An additional 50 units are currently under construction to house young adults who are currently homeless, and 62 units are in development to house seniors.
Rental Assistance—EDEN administers rental assistance for more than 3,600 households per month, focusing mainly on persons with disabilities and those who are experiencing homelessness. Additionally, EDEN is the primary provider of the Rapid Re-Housing Program (time-limited rental assistance) in Cuyahoga County.
Housing Location, Inspection, and Stabilization—EDEN Housing Locators and Inspectors help participants find safe, secure homes that meet their unique needs. Once an individual or family moves into their home, EDEN connects them with community resources and support services to reduce or eliminate factors which may jeopardize their residency. EDEN’s Stability Specialists have access to retention services, utility assistance, funds for household items and furniture, and other resources that can help a family remain housed.
Norma Herr Women’s Center—EDEN owns Norma Herr Women’s Center, the primary emergency shelter for single women in Cuyahoga County. It provided over 1,000 women with emergency shelter and respite from the streets during the past year.
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.