Mar 6, 2024 - News

Cuyahoga County unveils $4.5 million men's shelter renovation

Side by side photos of a homeless shelter interior renovation: sleeping area (L) and showers (R)

The semi-enclosed beds and updated shower facilities. Photos: Courtesy of Cuyahoga County

Cuyahoga County officials this week cut the ribbon on a 14,000-square-foot expansion at 2100 Lakeside.

Why it matters: The men's homeless shelter run by Lutheran Metropolitan Ministries is the largest in Ohio, providing services for up to 365 men each night.

  • The $4.5 million project was funded through federal pandemic aid. It has modernized the property adjacent to 2100 — 2020 Lakeside — to create a "safe, healthy, dignified" lodging experience there.

Between the lines: Though the total number of beds will not increase, the addition provides more individual space per bed and eliminates the need for offsite overflow shelters.

Zoom in: The additions feature 114 beds with private lockers.

  • Plus: The renovations include updated office space, shower facilities and multiple community gathering areas.

What they're saying: "Through our ongoing partnerships with agencies like Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry, we have created a transformative space that provides immediate support and stability," said Cuyahoga County Executive Chris Ronayne.

  • "By connecting individuals to resources in a dignified, respectable manner, we hope to help them on their path to housing independence."

Go deeper: Cuyahoga County unveils plan to end youth and young adult homelessness


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