Insights: Cleveland | Community | Fall 2017

EDEN provides low-income housing for Cleveland & Cuyahoga County

Each month, more than 3,000 people use the services offered by Emerald Development & Economic Network Inc. (EDEN). The nonprofit organization provides and advocates for safe, decent, affordable housing in Cleveland and Cuyahoga County. EDEN’s support services are provided to those living with disabilities or special needs, who have low incomes and may be experiencing homelessness.

The organization also owns and operates a scattered site housing portfolio for eligible individuals and families, says COO Elaine Gimmel. “These are often people who were living with family and friends, and it wasn’t the best environment,” Gimmel says. “They were coming out of institutions, they were homeless, or living in substandard conditions and paying high rent.”

What EDEN does

As a contract agency of the Alcohol Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board of Cuyahoga County, EDEN works with single-member households, families and transitional young adults (ages 18 to 24) to help them find a permanent place to live. Their disabilities may be physical, or they may be related to mental illness or substance abuse.

“We are serving thousands of individuals every month,” says Executive Director Irene Collins. “We have a huge impact in the community, but many people still don’t know about us. We’ve operated under the radar.”

How it helps

Starting with one residential care facility in 1991, EDEN now owns and operates more than 80 properties that provide subsidized or low-income housing in Cleveland and Cuyahoga County. It also owns and manages nine permanent supportive housing complexes, including one of the nation’s largest continuum of care rental assistance programs.

Qualifying tenants can receive full or partial rental assistance from EDEN. The organization also offers support services to help individuals improve health and well-being and sustain permanent housing.

EDEN has been a Huntington client since the organization’s inception. The bank supports EDEN through volunteer days, sponsorship, a line of credit and other banking services, Collins says.

About the organization

Name:  Emerald Development & Economic Network Inc.
City:  Cleveland, Ohio
Phone:  (216) 961-9690
Mission: EDEN’s mission is to provide housing solutions to people facing the challenges of housing insecurities and homelessness.

How you can help

For more information, contact EDEN at (216) 961-9690, or visit