SUMMER 2016

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

All sessions held at 8120 Kinsman Road, Cleveland, OH 44104. Please arrive on time; late arrivals will not be accommodated.


Landlord Briefings

(Required for new landlords before signing an HCVP contract)

 

Friday, August 12, noon – Independence, 6361 Selig Drive

 

*Saturday, August 20, 10 a.m. – CMHA

 

Tuesday, September 6, 10 a.m. – CMHA

 

*Saturday, September 17, 10 a.m. – CMHA

 

Friday, September 23, noon – Maple Heights, 5225 Library Lane

 

*Saturday classes require a reservation and are limited to 15 attendees.

Please email Felicia Davis-Barker at barkerf@cmha.net or leave a message at 216.271.2593 to reserve a spot.


CONTRACT-SIGNING DAYS

August 19

September 2

September 23


MOVING PAPERS

Monday - Thursday, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.


Community Event Spotlight: Maple Heights

Covenant Farmer's Market

Saturday, August 6

 

Mobile Food Pantry

Saturday, August 6 - 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

 

Music in the Park

Tuesday, August 9, 6:30 p.m.

 

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CEO Patterson photoMessage from the CEO

I am pleased to present the Summer 2016 Housing Choice Voucher Program Newsletter Update. Since November of 2015, CMHA has teamed up with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Cleveland VA Medical Center to host several Home for the Holidays events. The program is part of an initiative to help veterans in the search for a home, filling out the necessary paperwork, and touring different properties. As a result of the efforts put forth, close to 100 veterans turned in their voucher packets, met potential landlords, viewed housing units, and have been successfully housed in Cuyahoga County. CMHA and partners will continue to provide our country’s service members with safe, quality, affordable housing throughout the year with events to coordinate services during this upcoming holiday season.

 

Lawrence GreenLANDLORD SPOTLIGHT

Lawrence Green

Ten years ago, Lawrence Green was a young 21-year-old bank teller looking to do something different in order to take command of his future career. Green was fortunate enough to meet a friend who would begin to mentor and help him learn the real estate industry. It didn’t take long for Green to realize that the Housing Choice Voucher Program would be beneficial to him as an up and coming landlord. Fast forward ten years later; Green is now the owner and manager of Sellers Property Management Division, which manages over 200 properties throughout Cuyahoga County, 20 of which are rented to HCVP participants. Green also owns several properties of his own, which he also rents to voucher participants. He has been extremely successful in acquiring properties and all of his estates are up-to-date on current standards and have passed all inspections, making them safe, affordable, quality homes for low-income families. Green has been able to maintain a great relationship with both CMHA and tenants to ensure his success. “I believe having great communication and a clear understanding with tenants and CMHA staff is key,” said Green. “We want to make sure that we are always providing a clean and safe property that people can take pride in and feel good living in.”

ENERGY SAVING TIPS

Insulation and air sealing. Improving insulation can have a large impact on heating bills. Hot air rises, so make sure there is at least 12 to 18 inches of insulation above the top floor of your building. Wall insulation can be more expensive and invasive than many other options in this list, but yields high savings, especially in cold climates like the Midwest.

 

Monitor consumption patterns. Whether an excel spreadsheet or a low-cost software option, analyzing utility expenses can be a surefire way for a landlord to stay on top of problems in their multifamily building. Billing data tells us a lot about leaks, failing equipment and other issues - the key is to look regularly.

 

Turn down the water heater. Some domestic hot water (DHW) systems heat to upwards of 140°F, a scalding temperature that is completely unnecessary. Dialing back the temperature to around 120°F can save serious money, an estimated 3-5% on water heating costs for every 10 degrees your set point is reduced. Certain states even have restrictions on maximum DHW temperature under landlord-tenant laws.

 

 

 

WHY IS SAVING ENERGY IMPORTANT?

Energy conservation is critical to the life of our environment: With limited resources, it’s important for us to all play a small part in saving resources for future generations.

 

HOUSING HIGHLIGHT: HCVP NEWS

Landlord Forum

On May 21st, CMHA hosted a Landlord Forum at the Friendly Inn Settlement to recruit new landlords to the Housing Choice Voucher Program and to update current landlords on standards that may have changed in recent years. The forum was a great opportunity for landlords to meet the staff they would be directly working with to become HCVP landlords and have any questions or concerns answered regarding the enrollment process. Special thanks to the Cleveland Tenants Organization, Housing Research & Advocacy Center, Enterprise Community Partners, and Cleveland State University for partnering to make this event successful.

MOVER SESSION

 

Effective August 1, 2016, mover sessions will be held every Wednesday and Friday.

 

There will be two sessions (10 a.m. and 3 p.m. on the days indicated).

 

A session will be held on the 3rd Saturday of each month at 10 a.m.

 

We will not be able to accommodate latecomers.

 

Please bring current photo identification.

 

 

 

CMHA’s Housing Choice Voucher Program provides reasonable accommodations to persons with disabilities so they may participate in our programs, services and activities. If you need an accommodation including auxiliary aids and/or services, please contact Customer Service at (216) 431-1471 (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

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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

Latweeta Smyers, HCVP Director