MISSION: To create safe, quality, affordable housing opportunities and improve the quality of life for the communities we serve.
Station Hope 2017
Cleveland Public Theatre and CMHA presented Road to Hope on March 25 at Outhwaite Homes Community Center. It was an all-ages, free, community-arts event of theatre, spoken word, music and dance. The event featured professional Cleveland artists, alongside Outhwaite Home’s Brick City Theatre youth ensemble, who performed their original play inspired by the Stokes Brothers. Road to Hope was a vibrant celebration of community, hope and Cleveland’s connection to social justice issues to the past and present.
Tracy Patton became a participant in the Jobs Plus program in April of 2016 seeking secondary employment working with women and children. At a young age, she developed a passion for helping others, specifically women with children who suffer from substance abuse. She joined Jobs Plus because she knew the program would provide job training, financial literacy and classes focused on entrepreneurship.
Patton grew up in Outhwaite Homes for years with her mother and grandmother before moving into her own house. After 12 years away from CMHA, raising two children and two grandchildren, she decided to return to Carver Park, where she has been a resident for the past four years. Currently, she works as a night auditor for the Courtyard Marriott, but she has goals to open her own center for women.
“I eat, sleep and drink helping others and serving women and children,” said Patton. “The Jobs Plus program is a wonderful program that is assisting me to reach my goal of helping others.”
Griot Village Accepting Applications
A unique housing opportunity is available for senior adults (55+) raising children. Fairfax Intergenerational Housing is accepting applications for this supportive housing environment at https://www.cmha.net/webapp/. Apply now or call 216-271-2360 for information.
These two, three, and four-bedroom units feature garages, in-suite laundry, homework stations for children, and an onsite community center. The development is located just blocks from public transportation, schools, healthcare facilities as well as recreational and cultural centers.
Message from the CEO
The Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA) hosted a grand opening ceremony on March 9 to welcome residents to the new Sankofa Village in the Cedar-Central Neighborhood. Sankofa Village is a 15.2 acre residential phase of the Cedar Transformation Plan, the redevelopment plan that has resulted from the Cedar Choice Neighborhood Planning grant award and which replaces the former Cedar Extension Estate.
Ralph A. Falbo, Inc. and Pennrose Properties will develop and manage the properties and CMHA is the sponsor, property owner, partner, lender, and provider of Section 8 operating subsidies through HUD’s Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program. Sankofa Village Phase I is a 61 unit four-story elevator building with units that consist of one-bedroom, full-bathroom, kitchen with energy-star range, range hood and refrigerator, living space, and closets. Sankofa Village Phase II is a 50-unit development of townhomes housed in five separate buildings. The site is 2.74 acres, has two parking lots for 55 spaces, and has two playgrounds. The project will meet Enterprise Green Community Standards as well as LEED Neighborhood Development guidelines. It was an honor to announce at the event that CMHA is naming the new apartments after Progressive Action Council president Lillian Davis.
Sankofa Village embraces the rich history of the area and serves as a catalyst to help transform the neighborhood by connecting people and creating new opportunities for residents within this community.
Thank you to our staff, residents and community partners for helping make this development a success!
- Jeffery K. Patterson, Chief Executive Officer
CMHA Employees Graduate LEAD
Congratulations to the new cohort of LEAD graduates! On March 16, 25 employees celebrated the end of the leadership development program with a ceremony that featured Valarie McCall, Chief of Government and International Affairs at City of Cleveland, as the keynote speaker. This is the fourth cohort to complete the program.
2017 Housing Hackathon
Join Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority, Cleveland State University and DigitalC at the Cleveland Housing Hackathon! Everyone, including tech enthusiasts, critical thinkers, civic leaders and interested residents, is welcome to brainstorm, ideate, and develop innovative solutions to issues surrounding housing mobility. Learn more about this 24-hour event at www.clehousinghack.org!
Juvenile Reentry Assistance Program
The Juvenile Reentry Assistance Program (JRAP) helps current and former public housing residents and housing choice voucher holders overcome legal hurdles to finding jobs and housing. The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland assists youth under age 25 address issues associated with criminal or juvenile records, child support orders, driver’s license reinstatements, employment certificates, among others. Please help spread the word that this service is available in our community! For more info, visit www.lasclev.org and check out this article featured on cleveland.com.
Heritage View Homes IV Apartments
In February, CMHA held a grand opening event for the new 60-unit Heritage View Homes IV Apartments. CMHA staff, commissioners and partners welcomed the residents into the community, and attendees shared their appreciation for the new apartments. Heritage View Homes IV is the fourth phase of a comprehensive neighborhood redevelopment of the former Garden Valley Estates Housing community and its surrounding neighborhood made possible through HUD’s Rental Assistance Demonstration Pilot. Amenities include a community room, Internet access, central air and energy efficient appliances.
“To see the site that was formally known as Garden Valley completely transformed into Heritage View Homes is amazing. I appreciate all of the work done over the years to complete the first three phases of this site, and with the completion of this fourth phase, our vision has now become a full reality. We welcome all of the new residents of Heritage View Homes Apartments to this community,” said CMHA Chief Executive Officer Jeffery K. Patterson.
In the News
Digital C and CMHA team up to help public housing residents connect to the Internet, jobs, homework and health care @ ideastream.
C’est Si Bohn for Renovated Affordable Housing High Rise @ Novogradac Journal of Tax Credits
Port hires design team to envision transformation of Irishtown Bend @ Cleveland.com
Campus District welcomes new residents with 110 market rate and affordable apartments @ Fresh Water