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New Cleveland housing will provide opportunities for young adults facing homelessness

 A street view rendering of Cuyahoga TAY
CVS Health
A street view rendering of Cuyahoga TAY

A coalition of organizations working to address homelessness in Cuyahoga County is breaking ground on an apartment building which will provide housing to a vulnerable population. It will be the first of its kind in Cleveland.

Cuyahoga TAY, which stands for transitioning aged youth, will create 50 units of permanent housing for young adults ages 18 to 24 currently experiencing homelessness.

CHN Housing Partners is an affordable housing developer that’s working on this project. Executive Director Kevin Nowak said the program is unique, because it aims to help young people get to where they want to be.

“We really wanted to organize this around empowerment and helping our youth to be able to take that chance and have that chance in their life," Nowak said.

CVS Health is donating $10.5 million dollars to the project.

Mike Avotins with CVS Health hopes the project has long lasting impacts on the area.

“I think we view this as part of revitalizing the local community," Avotins said. "I think the benefits are reduced rates in crime, poverty, unemployment, positive health outcomes.”

In addition to housing, the program will also provide job training, employment and education opportunities and physical and mental health services. The units are slated to be ready next year.

CHN Housing Partners is collaborating with a number of community organizations on this project, including Emerald Development and Economic Network (EDEN). EDEN and CHN will co-own and codevelop the property, and EDEN will serve as the property manager.

Updated: August 29, 2022 at 9:13 AM EDT
This story has been updated to include the names of the partners on the project.
Abigail Bottar covers Akron, Canton, Kent and the surrounding areas for Ideastream Public Media. A Northeast Ohio native and lifelong listener of public radio, Abigail started in public radio as a news intern at WKSU. She graduated in 2022 with a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Kent State University.