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Cuyahoga County Moves to Purchase 2020 Lakeside Avenue Facility to Supplement Shelter for People Experiencing Homelessness

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Media Contact: Mary Louise Madigan (216) 698-2521, mlmadigan@cuyahogacounty.us 

CUYAHOGA COUNTY, OH - Pending Council approval, Cuyahoga County will contract to purchase the building located at 2020 Lakeside Avenue in the City of Cleveland to supplement shelter for an additional 70 people experiencing homelessness. The purchase and sale agreement will be considered by Cuyahoga County Council in public hearings.

The 14,000 square-foot facility is located next door to the emergency men’s homeless shelter facility at 2100 Lakeside Avenue, which has the capacity to house up to 365 men, the largest in the state of Ohio. The additional capacity will bring the total beds to approximately 435. Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry manages the facility and services.

“Our commitment to those experiencing homelessness remains the highest priority.” said County Executive Armond Budish. “Throughout the pandemic, we took extraordinary steps to keep clients and staff safe and out of crowded, constrictive environments. We collaborated with public and private partners to manage the housing of hundreds of vulnerable people quickly and effectively. Acquiring this facility provides us with space to provide safe, quality shelter to those in need.”

The County will conduct interior renovations, install HVAC systems and perform modifications for residential use, among other repairs once the purchase is complete and the City approves the use.