Changing Lives in Greater Cleveland

The Housing First Initiative is our community’s response to the crisis of men, women and children living on the streets or cycling in and out of shelters for months, even years, without hope for an affordable, safe place to call home.

  • Housing First uses permanent supportive housing which enables chronically homeless individuals, young adults and families to work to regain control over their lives and their health in a safe, secure environment.
  • Permanent supportive housing is a proven, evidenced-based practice for addressing chronic homelessness
  • Housing First’s goal is to create enough permanent supportive housing apartments to end chronic homelessness in Cuyahoga County. We are well on our way to reaching that goal as chronic homelessness has dropped 77% in our region since the first Housing First building opened in 2006

Learn how six Housing First residents triumphed over homelessness.

Housing First launched a Mobile Health Clinic in January 2015 to meet residents’ primary and behavioral health care needs. See our Housing First and Health fact sheet for more information.

Cost Effectiveness of Supportive Housing Proven Again in Seattle

Downtown Emergency Service Center’s 1811 Eastlake opened in Seattle in 2005 and houses 75 homeless men and women with chronic addictions to alcohol.

  • This property is the first-of-its kind in Washington State to address the needs of chronic homeless alcoholics-- the heaviest users of publicly-funded crisis services.
  • The property was financed by Low-Income Housing Tax Credit financing from Enterprise.
  • According to a study published in JAMA in 2009, 1811 Eastlake saved taxpayers $4 million in the first year of operation alone because residents are now off the streets and out of emergency rooms and in a safe and supportive living environment.

Families with Special Needs in Los Angeles

Vista Nueva Apartments is an award-winning development by A Community of Friends in Los Angeles that helps adult residents with mental illness focus on rehabilitation, self-sufficiency and parenting. Additional supportive services are also provided to resident children.

  • Vista Nueva is distinguished by its striking architecture, affordability and comprehensive array of services for the formerly homeless families who live there.
  • Women who have been diagnosed with a mental illness now occupy the majority of the 30 apartments with their children. The services provided at Vista Nueva support the family unit as a whole.
  • An on-site child care facility occupies space on the ground floor along with a computer classroom, a community room and office space.
  • Common areas both indoors and out provide residents with a sense of community
  • Rents are kept affordable as residents pay 30 percent of their income and receive free child care.
  • All adult residents participate in the community by working for wages, attending school or volunteering in the building or the neighborhood.

New Keys to a Fresh Start

Formerly homeless individuals with HIV/AIDS in Baltimore now have the opportunity to live in a supportive community at AIRS, Lakeview Apartments

  • Lakeview Apartments provides 12 homes with supportive services for formerly homeless men living with HIV/AIDs.
  • Enterprise Community Loan Fund's $1 million loan made it possible for AIRS to purchase Lakeview.
  • Enterprise Community Loan Fund has invested $8 million in Baltimore's Reservoir Hill Neighborhood.
  • Enterprise has invested $800 million in communities across Maryland.

Lakeview homes are available to people making less than 30 percent of Baltimore’s area median income (AMI).

HIV/AIDS Supportive HousingLakeview - Supportive Housing

The apartments at Lakeview Avenue provide a home in addition health and career support to formerly homeless individuals struggling with HIV or AIDS.