The Issue: Insufficient Nutrition Among Chronically Homeless
Not knowing where the next meal is coming from is only one of the stresses of homelessness. Compared to housed populations, homeless individuals eat fewer meals each day and are more likely to suffer from illnesses due to poor nutrition, according to a 1991 study published in Public Health Reports.
In May 2013, Winton on Lorain—the newest permanent supportive-housing apartment building founded by Emerald Development and Economic Network (EDEN), Inc—will open its doors on the west side of Cleveland to 40 low-income people with disabilities who are transitioning out of chronic homelessness. In addition to life-skills classes and opportunities for job assistance, this permanent-housing facility aims to give tenants access to an on-site food pantry. Since many of the tenants may have histories of malnutrition and limited access to outside food sources, this pantry can help them build healthy eating habits with a selection of nutritious and appealing foodstuffs.
The Campaign: Fill Food Pantry with Nutritious Items
All donations to this Grassroots campaign will be used by Emerald Development and Economic Network (EDEN), Inc. to stock food pantries for people transitioning out of homelessness. For every $360 raised, the organization can provide 40 days of nutritious meals for one person in the Winton on Lorain permanent-housing facility. Staff will purchase necessities such as fruit, vegetables, canned soup, and peanut butter to provide healthy food options residents who may lack the funds or transportation access to acquire their own food. Additionally, Winton tenants will have access to life-skills classes, including nutrition and cooking.
Emerald Development and Economic Network (EDEN), Inc.
The staff and partners of Emerald Development and Economic Network (EDEN), Inc. believe that all people need a home. As part of this mission, they maintain a collection of more than 90 properties, group homes, and affordable permanent-housing units across Cuyahoga County for more than 3,500 people with low incomes, a history of homelessness, and qualifying disabilities. In each property, residents maintain the freedom and independence necessary for them to be a part of the greater community, while still receiving access to support services within their building. EDEN property managers regularly work with partner agencies, such as Veteran’s Administration and AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland and Mental Health Services (MHS). In time, tenants can take strength from their newfound stability to get a full-time job, reconnect with family, overcome addictions, or stay off the street.
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