New housing gives hope to people in Cuyahoga County

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CLEVELAND – Community leaders came together Wednesday to celebrate the grand opening of Buckeye Square; it's a new residential building designed for the chronically homeless of Cuyahoga County.

“It's very cozy. I try to keep it not cluttered. When I decorate, I think in terms of dorm, you know something that'll make me comfortable studying,” said Connie Denson as she sits on her couch.

She’s been living at Buckeye Square since last year. Prior to that, she was in and out of homeless shelters. She said she fell on hard times and is thankful she found this place. She said it has everything she needs.

“They have mobile crisis right here. The case managers are here during the day. When they say supportive housing, it's supportive housing,” she said.

The building is a part of the Housing First Initiative. There are nine locations in total that provide permanent housing for those who’ve been homeless.

Buckeye Square can hold up to 65 people. They each get their own apartment and can stay for as long as they’d like.

“What's most exciting for me is that when you add in these units, we're at about 580 units across the city. We need about 1,000 units to end chronic homelessness in Cuyahoga County,” said Mark McDurmott, vice president of Enterprise Community Partners.

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