A US$ 16M Cuyahoga TAY (Transitioning Aged Youth) housing project has broken ground in Cleveland’s St. Clair neighborhood, Ohio. In an effort to provide supportive housing for youths within ages 18-24, several companies partnered to develop this 50-unit apartment. They are also collaborating with Cuyahoga County and the City of Cleveland.
The nonprofit affordable housing developer, CHN is working alongside CVS Health, and Emerald Development and Economic Network(EDEN) on the project. However, CHN is the main developer of the Cuyahoga TAY housing project, and EDEN is the co-developer. Upon completing the project, both companies will become co-owners and EDEN will serve as the property manager.
CHN mentioned that the TAY housing project was created by using insights gained from young adults experiencing homelessness. TAY initiatives such as, A Place 4 Me and REACH Youth Action Board were particularly helpful in this research. According to CHN’s executive director, Kevin Nowak, this permanent supportive housing project would be the first of its kind in Cleveland.
Development plans for the Cuyahoga TAY housing project
The Cuyahoga TAY housing project is expected to provide a 3-story apartment located between East 45th and East 47th streets. This 50-unit development is scheduled reach completion by fall of 2023 and start accepting tenants. Furthermore, several on-site supportive services will also be offered on the property. These services include mental and behavioral health, life skills training, financial literacy and transportation.
The Cuyahoga TAY housing project will provide fully furnished one and two-bedroom units. All units will have amenities like central air conditioning, a refrigerator, electric range, window blinds and extra storage. In addition to housing, it also also offers shared amenities such as a fitness center and computer room.
Funding for the TAY project will come from Low Income Housing Tax Credits, along with some private and public investments. Recently CVS Health also announced its plans to invest $10.5 million in the $16 million housing project. According to the health organization this investment shows its commitment to advancing health equity. In addition to the its financial contribution, CVS also intends to provide TAY residents with meaningful employment services and trainings.