A coalition of public and private organizations, the Housing First initiative successfully established the Housing First model in the Cleveland area in 2002. To date, Housing First has constructed or renovated nearly 518 Cuyahoga County apartments for people with histories of long-term homelessness and disabilities.

In the next several years, this effort will have created almost 800 permanent supportive units—alleviating pressure on overflow shelters that are often at capacity and, more importantly, helping people embark on a meaningful path to rebuild their lives.

The initiative broke ground on another Housing First apartment building at 8301 Detroit in fall of 2015, which will add an additional 66 one bedroom apartments. This additional housing will help bring us closer to our goal of ending chronic homelessness in Cuyahoga County.

Housing First has helped residents achieve a number of successful outcomes. Meet our residents to see the individual impact of supportive housing.