A Brief History of NCCH

NCCH was established in 1984 as a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) organization to begin developing community-based housing for people with developmental disabilities transitioning out of state institutions which were being curtailed and closed. Partnering with the Cuyahoga and Lake County Boards of Developmental Disabilities, 50 such homes were established by 1992, housing more than 200 men and women.

Expansion into Stark County began the following year, and by 1996, more than 100 homes had been established. In 1997, in cooperation with the Alcohol, Drug Addiction, and Mental Health Services Board, NCCH housing had expanded to Summit County to serve the needs of 120 individuals with severe mental illness in 21 additional properties.

In 2012, NCCH assumed management of 19 additional homes in Erie County for people who have developmental disabilities, and in 2015 assumed management of 35 living units in Ottawa County, Ohio. To date, well over 200 homes have been established, serving some 1,000 individuals with a wide variety of disabilities, including specialty homes for residents with diagnoses such as Prader-Willi Syndrome, various degrees of autism, or geriatric cases of intellectual disability.

Additionally, NCCH has developed and manages homes for family consortia, working with groups of families looking to best house and care for individuals with specific disability needs. NCCH has been instrumental in founding the Disability Housing Network, a statewide organization of related interests, and is the recipient of prestigious local and regional awards, including The Homer C. Wadsworth Award, which is The Cleveland Foundation's highest non-profit leadership award, the American Jewish Committee’s Isaiah Award for Human Relations, the Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation’s Impact Award for Innovation, and the Anisfield-Wolf Memorial Award.

Recent innovations include the development of the first of a series of homes designed and adapted specifically for older adults with Multiple Sclerosis who are moved from inappropriate living situations, and the establishment of a Market Rate Rental program, offering quality rental homes to families and individuals in first ring suburbs.

NCCH recently expanded services to develop and renovate homes of private individuals who have disability-related or age-related mobility and accessibility needs with the establishment of a sister corporation, North Coast Accessible Homes, and maintains a robust community presence through a network of supporters and active volunteers. 

North Coast Community Homes is governed by a Board of Trustees, composed of men and women from diverse backgrounds and possessing the skills and community minded spirit to ensure that the organization’s mission is carried out most effectively.