SEPTEMBER 2015

Landlord Briefings

Thursday, September 3, 2 – 4 p.m.

CMHA Main Campus, 8120 Kinsman Rd.

Wednesday, September 16, 12– 2 p.m.

Parma Cuyahoga County Public Library

6996 Powers Boulevard

*Saturday, September 19, 9 – 11 a.m.

CMHA Main Campus, 8120 Kinsman Rd.

*Saturday classes require a reservation and are limited to 15 attendees. Please email Mrs. Witt at rwitt@cmha.net or leave a message at 216-271-2598 to reserve a spot.


Moving Papers

Monday - Thursday, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
CMHA Main Campus, 8120 Kinsman Rd.
*Saturday, September 19
*only offered on select Saturdays


Contract-Signing Days

September 2, September 23

8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

For your convenience, ask us to email you your contract. After it is signed, email it to your contracting specialist.


Community Event Spotlight:
Bedford

September 19, 9 a.m. - Noon

Community Shred Day & Food Drive

 

 

Free event for residents to shred their confidential personal documents. Food drive to support the Bedford Food Commodities Program. Shred truck will be located in the parking lot of Bedford City Hall.

 

Message from the CEO: Jeffery K. Patterson

I am pleased to present the September 2015 issue of the Housing Choice Voucher News Update. Last month, more than 50,000 people submitted lottery entry forms for a chance to be placed on the HCVP tenant-based waiting list. Results from the lottery will be posted online at www.applycuyahogacounty.tenmast.com by September 15. We could not have reached such a wide audience without the help of participants, landlords and partners. Thank you.

 

 

Housing News

Several project-based waiting lists remain open with preferences for families meeting certain criteria:

  • Intergenerational – This preference applies to applicants who are adults 55 years of age and older with legal custody of one or more minor children.

  • Homeless – This preference applies to homeless applicants who are applying to reside in a property designed to serve homeless households in need of supportive services.

  • Chronically Homeless – This preference applies to chronically homeless applicants who are applying to reside in a property designed to serve chronically homeless households in need of supportive services.

  • Single Room Occupancy (SRO) Moderate Rehabilitation – This preference applies to homeless applicants.

  • Moderate Rehabilitation

HCVP Participants have the responsibility to comply with city standards and laws, including but not limited to maintaining un-littered yards. Credit: FreeImages.com/Robert Linder

If you or someone you know is interested in one of these opportunities, visit https://www.cmha.net/webapp to learn more or to complete a pre-application. The online system makes it possible for individuals and families to apply 24/7. A person can be on as many CMHA waiting lists as her/she wishes.

 

HOUSING HIGHLIGHT:

Landlord and Tenant Work Together Toward Homeownership

Thinking about home ownership? Not sure where to start? One Housing Choice Voucher Program (HCVP) landlord helped her tenant connect to valuable resources in the community that made home ownership a reality.

 

When Toni Jones took ownership of a home in the Buckeye-Shaker neighborhood in 2013, her tenant Nancy had been paying rent to live there for more than 15 years. Prior to becoming a landlord, Toni had the chance to get to know Nancy and saw an opportunity for her to become a homeowner.

Toni helped Nancy access resources that kept the costs of purchasing a home down and within reach based on her income. These resources included down payment assistance, home ownership courses, property tax exemptions and utility assistance programs.

 

Nancy and Toni worked with the lending institution to secure a mortgage with a low monthly payment similar to what Nancy had paid as an HCVP participant. For unexpected costs after the sale, organizations like the Cleveland Housing Network serves more than 10,000 households annually in safety net and support services to help struggling families in their everyday lives.

 

Want to learn more? Neighborhood Housing Services of Greater Cleveland, Cleveland Housing Network and Community Development Corporations are a few organizations that can help you make a plan for homeownership.

www.cmha.net
 

Congressman Louis Stokes

February 23, 1925 - August 18, 2015

 

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Congressman Louis Stokes. The Congressman was a committed advocate who worked for people of all social and economic levels. He was an extraordinary man who struggled to achieve extraordinary accomplishments despite tremendous obstacles. He helped inspire many CMHA residents and others to strive for greatness. He has been a great political leader and hero and he will be greatly missed.

 

Former United States Representative Louis Stokes, a Cleveland Democrat, was the first African-American elected to Congress from Ohio. For 30 years, beginning in 1969, he ably, and eloquently, represented his hometown—and his home state—in Washington. Stokes never forgot where he came from—he lived part of his childhood in the Outhwaite Homes—or his constituents. For them, Stokes was both advocate and trailblazer.

 

President Obama made a statement about the Congressman: “Michelle and I were saddened to learn of the passing of former Congressman Louis Stokes. As a founding member of the Congressional Black Caucus and the first African- American to represent the state of Ohio in Congress, Lou believed deeply in fairness and the idea that every American should have the same opportunity to succeed. Growing up in Depression-era Cleveland with his mother and brother Carl, Lou triumphed over hardship to become a passionate voice for those less fortunate.

“Congressman Stokes was a fierce supporter of and advocate for public housing. He championed housing and urban development projects, job placement training and health clinics,” said Jeffery K. Patterson, CMHA Chief Executive Officer. “We are a better community today because of his steadfast commitment to providing opportunities for all.”

He fought to expand access to quality healthcare in struggling communities and worked tirelessly on behalf of hardworking Ohioans. Lou leaves behind an indelible legacy in the countless generations of young leaders that he inspired, and he will be sorely missed. Michelle and I send our condolences to his wife Jay and the family and friends who loved him so dearly.”

 

On behalf of CMHA’s employees and residents, we thank Congressman Stokes and the Stokes family for all of their contributions to making housing available and affordable in Cleveland and throughout the United States.

 

Louis Stokes Museum

The Louis Stokes Museum chronicles the story of how retired Ohio Congressman Stokes rose from his humble beginnings at CMHA’s Outhwaite Homes to the United States Congress. It is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays and by appointment. The museum is located at 4302 Quincy Ave., Cleveland, Ohio 44104.

CMHA provides reasonable accommodations to persons with disabilities. If you need an accommodation, including auxiliary aids and/or services, please contact CMHA's Section 504/ADA Coordinator at 216-348-5000 (voice) or 1-800-750-0750 (Ohio Relay Service).

 

  

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Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority

8120 Kinsman Road, Cleveland OH 44104

Phone: (216) 348-5000 | Fax: (216) 348-4925

www.cmha.net

BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Ronnie A. Dunn, Ph.D., Chairman

Doris V. Jones, Vice Chairperson

Robert E. Davis, Commissioner

Stephanie Y. Pope, Commissioner

Barry A. Withers, Commissioner

Jeffery K. Patterson, Chief Executive Officer