About Us


Council Gardens provides quality affordable housing for low to moderate income seniors, allowing them to age in place in an active community of their peers with comfort, dignity, and strong sense of personal worth.  Founded in 1962 by the National Council of Jewish Women, Council gardens houses 140 residents who are diverse in culture, religion, and experience.

Our 122 apartments, located in one mid-rise and eight garden buildings, are all connected by heated glass-enclosed breezeways alive with flowers and plants all year round.  Flower, fruit, berry, and vegetable gardens tended by the tenants cover almost the 8-acre property. An outside exercise trail – system and dog play area encourage physical activity, while a Zen Garden, Gazebo, recently added Pollinator Garden, and 5 patios allow for leisurely activities.  All buildings and all areas are wheelchair accessible.

We are close to a thriving culture including recreation, parks, shops, newly developed townhouse communities and synagogues and are directly on two major bus lines.  Across the street are a post office, City Hall, the police station, and medical offices; next door is a fire station.



To provide quality, affordable housing for low-to-moderate- income seniors, aged 62 and older, and for adults of all ages who are mobility impaired, allowing them to age in place in an active community of their peers with comfort, dignity and a strong sense of personal worth.


Rentals are available for low- and moderate-income households in which at least one member is 62 years old, or for mobility impaired adults over 18.

The 2023 income limits are: for a one-person household $50,650 and for a two-person household $57,850.

Rent includes all utilities, except phone, cable TV, and internet. The tenant’s portion of the rent is determined by his or her income and out of pocket medical expenses; it is approximately 30 percent of the household income. HUD pays the difference between the market rent and the tenant’s payment. 

Ruth Einstein

In the mid-1950s…

Ruth Einstein (Mrs. Jac L.), a civic activist and leader in National  Council of Jewish Women/Cleveland (NCJW/CLE), envisioned a facility with affordable apartments where seniors could live independently, with dignity and companionship.

NCJW/CLE agreed to work toward this goal, and Council Gardens opened in November, 1963, as the first development of its kind in Greater Cleveland.

Even today, Council Gardens receives sustaining funds from NCJW/CLE, and its members continue to serve on the Council Gardens Board.

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Get In Touch

(216) 382-8625

2501 North Taylor Road, Cleveland Heights, Ohio 44118

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Let's Build Your Dream Life Together

Council Gardens invites you to visit our suites and tour our fabulous gardens. When you see all we have to offer, the decision to join our family will be an easy one. Council Gardens is a unique group of senior adults who thrive and flourish in an environment of active leisure, intellectual stimulation, warm interactions, and remarkable home-grown gardens. Imagine the joy of waking up knowing you are surrounded by friends and staff who care.

To schedule a tour of Council Gardens, call Marina Markovich at
216-382-8625 X 1004