Housing First, a collaboration of community organizations, including CHN Housing Partners, has announced that it is on pace to end long-term homelessness in Cuyahoga County by 2020.
When construction of its $12.9-million apartment building in Brooklyn Centre is completed at the end of 2019, Cuyahoga County will have developed enough permanent supportive housing in the community to serve all individuals and families with disabilities who are struggling with long-term homelessness. The number of apartments that will be developed is projected to be sufficient in meeting these needs in future years.
“All of the Housing First partners have poured their hearts and souls into this effort, and it shows,” said Kate Monter Durban, CHN’s assistant director. “Producing stable, beautiful homes for those who need them most has been a labor of love for all of us.”
The Housing First collaborative was formed in 2002 in response to the hundreds of individuals with disabilities in Cuyahoga County who were living on the streets or in shelters for more than a year. To address this crisis, Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland (SOCF), in partnership with Enterprise Community Partners and the Cleveland/Cuyahoga County Office of Homeless Services, brought the evidence-based, national model of permanent supportive housing to Cleveland. This model links decent, safe, affordable housing with on-site flexible, voluntary support services designed to help an individual stay housed and live a more productive life in the community.
EDEN, Inc., a nonprofit housing development agency, and Frontline Service, a community mental health organization, are also key partners in Housing First.
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