Rep. Howse, Sen. Williams, and community advocates after touring Greenbridge Commons

State Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) and State Sen. Sandra Williams (D-Cleveland)  this week toured Greenbridge Commons to experience first-hand how the Ohio Housing Trust Fund (OHTF) benefits Cleveland-area residents.

In 2011, Cleveland Housing Network (CHN) developed the Greenbridge apartment building, located along the Euclid Corridor, to provide permanent supportive housing for chronically homeless individuals. CHN received $1.2 million from the Ohio Housing Trust Fund to support Greenbridge and other projects.

“Greenbridge Commons is one of the noteworthy local investments of the Ohio Housing Trust Fund, providing a stable foundation for people to get back on their feet after being impacted by the housing crisis,” said Williams.

The OHTF has a 25-year history of helping people weather circumstances that put them at risk of losing their housing. The fund help residents in need by providing shelter for homeless families, home repairs to help seniors age in place, and housing to support people recovering from mental illness, substance addiction, or with a history of homelessness.

“When we invest in affordable housing, we are making room for everyone in our community to have a safe, decent place to live,” said Howse.

CHN Assistant Director Kate Monter Durban led the tour of Greenbridge, whose 70 residents are connected to on-site social services.

“Cleveland Housing Network thanks Senator Williams and Representative Howse for their interest in learning how investments from the Ohio Housing Trust Fund help our residents overcome challenges and regain stability in their lives,” Monter Durban said.

The Coalition on Homelessness and Housing (COHHIO) organized the tour to showcase the trust fund’s success.

“The Ohio Housing Trust Fund is at the core of reducing homelessness and expanding access to housing,” said COHHIO Executive Director Bill Faith. “We’re grateful to state legislators who want to protect and strengthen the fund.”

Editor’s note: attached is a photo of Rep. Howse, Sen. Williams, and members of Cleveland Housing Network, Emerald Development and Economic Network (EDEN), Enterprise Community Partners, Frontline Service, Cleveland Neighborhood Progress, and the Coalition on Homeless and Housing in Ohio (COHHIO).

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