Edgewood Park is integrated into the surrounding residential community through the use of unique de-sign, colors and materials.
Opening in August of 2009, the building is located on Cleveland’s southeast side in a historic landmark district.
The building’s efficiency apartments are 450-460 square feet and come with basic furnishings, appliances, kitchenette, air conditioning, large closet, and pantry. The building offers on-site social services, common laundry facilities, a community room with kitchen, a computer lab, parking for residents and a 24-hour staffed front desk.
The project was funded mainly through the use of Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC). Other financing included HOME funds (local, county and state), the Federal Home Loan Bank’s Affordable Housing Program, the local Continuum of Care and other grants. The model is performing above expectations in Cleveland, with less than a 2% return to homelessness (Housing First: Phase One Process Evaluation Results, Abt Associates. May 12, 2010).
The key partners of Housing First include CHN Housing Partners as lead developer/owner, Emerald Development & Economic Network, Inc. (EDEN) as property manager and co-owner, FrontLine Service for Homeless Persons, Inc. (MHS) as lead service provider, and Enterprise Community Partners as coalition leader.