The mission of the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority is to be the leader in providing safe, quality, affordable housing for individuals and families of Cuyahoga County.
U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro Visits Griot Village
In April, U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro visited CMHA’s Griot Village, a unique intergenerational housing complex located in Cleveland’s Fairfax neighborhood.
During his tour, Castro was impressed as he walked through the development specifically designed for seniors, age 55 and older, who have legal custody of children. It is a hybrid development serving both youth and seniors and designed in accordance with Enterprise Green community Standards.
Residents shared with Castro their gratitude for the opportunity to live in an affordable housing community with access to resources such as a computer lab, homework help, transportation, CMHA staff, nearby schools and playgrounds. They also explained how they think Griot Village should be a model for other cities across the country.
Griot Village is one of just seven such housing developments in the country that is designed for seniors raising children, and the only one of its kind in Ohio. The development is a partnership between CMHA, Fairfax Renaissance Development Corporation and others.
The project consists of 40 newly constructed townhomes facing a shared courtyard to create a feeling of inclusiveness and promote interaction.
Read a report about the visit at wkyc.com, and be sure to check out photos here. Click here to watch the videos.
United States Department of Agriculture
The U.S. Department of Agriculture identified the Ohio City Farm as a national model of successful urban agriculture and the backdrop for announcing a new government program that directs more federal resources toward similar efforts.
Ann Bartuska, deputy under secretary for USDA's research, education and economics, toured the six-acre farm on Tuesday, May 19, while announcing the formation of an inner-departmental Urban Agriculture Working Group. Read more in Crain’s Cleveland Business.
CMHA, Partners Kick-Off STREAM Initiative
CMHA continues to be an integral part of creating innovative, sustainable communities. The U.S. Departments of Energy, Housing and Urban Development and Education selected Cleveland as one of six cities to pilot the federal SEED (STEM, Energy, and Economic Development) initiative, which focuses on creating economic opportunity and energy-literate communities for public housing residents.
The local initiative, STREAM (incorporating arts and recreation), is designed to educate residents about measures they can take to reduce energy consumption, prepare youth and young adults for work in STREAM fields, and create career pathways - based on local employers’ needs - for residents. This initiative will create an example of public-private partnerships that can be replicated around the country.
At the 2015 meeting of Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) America, Julián Castro, Secretary, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development said, “SEED will leverage federal investments and partnerships in Washington, D.C., Cleveland, Tampa, San Antonio and Denver to connect public-housing residents to energy-sector training and jobs, helping them boost their skills and their earnings.”
In May, CMHA held the STREAM kick-off at the Woodhill Community Center. Representatives from federal departments and community partners were there to plan implementation. Check out photos from the event here.
Resident Spotlight: CMHA Scattered Site Resident Working Toward Third Degree
Deborah Nunoo says “if you can believe it, you can attain it.” She adds it wasn’t easy being a full-time student while simultaneously taking care of children and maintaining a household, among other responsibilities, but she persevered and has several degrees to show for it.
Ms. Nunoo believes that the driving force behind education is determination, and she is determined to keep going until she has met all her goals. Fifteen years ago, Ms. Nunoo completed her undergraduate degree. In May 2014, she earned a MBA from Alliant International University, finishing strong with a 3.78 G.P.A. And, now she is working toward a Master of Arts in Creative Writing.
Ms. Nunoo is not sure what the future holds, but she would like apply her fine-tuned writing skills to her future career and give back. An entrepreneur, former early childhood educator, mother and student, Ms. Nunoo shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. Her words of advice: Be determined. Believe that you can do it, and don’t let anyone tell you differently.
Cleveland Leadership Center Bridge Builders Class of 2015 Spends Day at CMHA Sites
CMHA was pleased to host the Bridge Builders Class of 2015 in May. The session, titled “Vision to Action,” included activities such as a site tour of the Care Alliance Health Center in the Central neighborhood and a volunteer project at the 6-acre Ohio City Farm behind Riverview Towers.
Cleveland Bridge Builders prepares mid-career professionals of all ages for meaningful, fulfilling and impactful engagement in the community. The program provides a unique environment that fosters teamwork, growth and learning to create a transformative experience that promotes and supports participants for a greater role in the community. Photos
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Message from the CEO
Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority is proud of the accomplishments of our residents, staff and outstanding team of community partners and stakeholders. Our annual report details the agency's yearly progress and acknowledges those who work with us toward the betterment of our community.
Thank you to you and others who share our vision, 2015 was a dynamic and successful year for CMHA as we continue to be an industry leader in providing safe, quality and affordable housing to more than 55,000 individuals and families in Cuyahoga County.
We are pleased to highlight numerous awards from a diverse group of national and local organizations, which recognize CMHA’s innovative programs and services such as intergenerational housing, on-site health clinics and police-sponsored athletic activities, among others.
I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge our community partners who have provided essential support for the work we do. Your assistance is crucial to our success over the past year and into the future.
Thank you for your ongoing partnership — our commitment to creating viable communities for families in Cuyahoga County has never been stronger. In fact, we have embarked on a year-long collaborative strategic planning project with the help of The Bronner Group. During the next few months, we will be analyzing feedback from you - our stakeholders - residents, community partners, staff and others, that will shape the way forward.
- Jeffery K. Patterson, Chief Executive Officer
CMHA to be featured in 2015 White House Conference on Aging Video
In May, a production team from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services visited Griot Village, Fairfax Intergenerational Housing, to tape a video for the 2015 White House Conference on Aging, which will be held on July 13. The focus of the interviews was on seniors raising their grandchildren and the benefits of living in an intergeneration community such as Griot Village. The producer interviewed three families as well as CMHA’s Chief Executive Officer Jeffery K. Patterson.
2015 marks the 50th anniversary of Medicare, Medicaid, and the Older Americans Act, as well as the 80th anniversary of Social Security. The 2015 White House Conference on Aging is an opportunity to recognize the importance of these key programs as well as to look ahead to the issues that will help shape the landscape for older Americans for the next decade.
View a national conference promotional video featuring Griot Village resident Kirk Gibbs, Site Manager Veronica McGhee and Director of Communications and Marketing Cortney Crockett at http://www.whitehouseconferenceonaging.gov/. The conference will be live streamed.
Click here to view a photo album of the visit.
HUD Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Lourdes Castro-Ramirez Awarded CMHA with $3M Grant for Jobs Plus Pilot Program
In April, the U.S. Housing and Urban Development, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Lourdes Castro-Ramirez, joined Mayor Frank G. Jackson and CMHA CEO Jeffery K. Patterson to make a major announcement of funds being invested in the community to increase economic opportunity for public housing residents.
CMHA was awarded a $3M grant for the Jobs Plus Pilot Program. Cleveland is one of nine cities around the country whose public housing authorities, low-income residents and local economies will benefit from the grant.
“Empowering families to be self-sufficient is at the core of the Jobs Plus Pilot Program. I’m excited residents of Cleveland will have an opportunity to build a better future through strategically placed resources that will help them find and keep jobs. Congratulations to CMHA and its community partners for securing the grant. I look forward to full and robust implementation of this promising program,” said Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge.
Secretary Castro and the Obama Administration are committed to helping low –income Americans increase their economic security and self-sufficiency. These funds will be invested in communities that are dedicated to creating opportunity for public housing residents to increase their income through employment-related services, financial incentives, and community support for work.
“CMHA is thrilled to have received this Job Plus grant opportunity. This program will provide residents of Outhwaite Homes and Carver Park with employment related services and opportunities while helping to stabilize the community revitalization efforts,” said Jeffery K. Patterson, Chief Executive Officer of CMHA.
“This means the world to the residents in the community!” said Lillian Davis, resident and Progressive Action Council President of CMHA. “Thank you, thank you from the bottom of my heart.”
The program implementation is scheduled to begin this summer. View photos of the announcement here.
Awards and Recognitions
National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO)
CMHA is pleased to share that the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO) has selected the agency to receive ten Awards of Merit at the 2015 Summer Conference in Austin, Texas:
Concentrated Approach to REAC and UPSC
Online Stakeholder Communications
Compliance, it is what it is!
Performance Based Management
HCVP Management Dashboard
Employee Email and Smartphones
Afterschool Yoga Program at Riverside Park
Afterschool Math Hoops Program
In addition to winning the Awards of Merit, the following submission was also nominated for a NAHRO Award of Excellence:
The LEAD Program, created in 2014, is designed to cultivate personal growth, a sense of community, advanced communication skills, organizational and human resource development, team building, and leadership excellence among existing employees. It creates an opportunity for the participants to address issues that affect their position and the agency overall, while placing importance on the impact of our work for the more than 55,000 individuals served by CMHA throughout Cuyahoga County.
The 13-week program curriculum includes presentations from each internal department director, covering the wide range of services the housing authority provides, and training and development coaching from outside vendors.
National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP) Northern Ohio Chapter
Recently, the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP) Northern Ohio Chapter recognized City Architecture CMHA with the Multi-Family Architecture Award of Excellence for their work on Fairfax Intergenerational Housing/Griot Village. The architecture and design firm values active collaborations that focus on creating places of unique character and quality.
Northern Ohio Apartment Association (NOAA) 2014 Awards
In 2014, the Northeast Ohio Apartment Association (NOAA) recognized the Doris V. Jones Senior Building, Fairfax Intergenerational Housing Griot Village and Fairway Manor with the highest award distinction: Platinum. Cedar Extension High Rise, Heritage View Homes and Legacy Park Apartments received Gold Awards, and we are thrilled to report that 12 more properties received Silver Awards. See a complete list of winners in the 2015 Annual Report.
These honors recognize excellence in the region’s apartment industry. The NOAA represents multifamily owners and managers with interests in more than 125,000 units throughout the Northern Ohio region. NOAA promotes and maintains the highest professional standards in the apartment industry through education, publication and advocacy programs. CMHA is proud to be ranked among the best in the industry.
Congratulations to all CMHA management, staff, community partners, and residents who contributed to these winning initiatives.
CMHA Police Explorers Excel at State and National Levels
In April, the CMHA Police Explorers placed third out of 62 teams at Ohio’s Annual Law Enforcement Explorer Competition in Oberlin, Ohio. Three hundred and sixty explorers from across the state responded to different police scenarios. Kudos to CMHA’s Sergeant John Smiddy and the Police Explorers for a job well done.
Furthermore, CMHA Police Explorer Antwone Clemons represented our community well as a presenter at the U.S. Department of Justice’s Fourth National Summit on Preventing Youth Violence in Arlington, Virginia. Clemons participated in the panel discussion “Mobilizing for Prevention: Youth Leaders Speak Out” with youth from various states and larger cities.
The panel was an opportunity for the Summit attendees to hear directly from the youth. Panel members shared their stories to highlight the importance of meaningful youth engagement in violence prevention efforts; highlighted the present efforts and supports needed in their communities; and provided commitments for moving forward with violence prevention efforts, including a charge to the Summit attendees. The panel also covered promising practices that the youth had heard about during the Summit.
Click here to watch the video.
Energy Department Recognizes CMHA for Leadership in Saving Energy
As part of the Obama administration’s effort to cut energy waste in the nation’s buildings, the United States Energy Department recognized CMHA and other Cleveland-area partners for their leadership in saving energy and reducing greenhouse gas emissions at an event, which included tours of showcase projects, in March.
Through the Better Buildings Challenge, CMHA has committed to reducing their energy use by 20 percent across their entire building portfolios over the next decade. By making energy efficiency upgrades to facilities across the city and demonstrating practices that can be replicated in the future, CMHA is helping to save money and energy, while also making the city more sustainable for future generations.
According to a report from energy.gov, as of March 2015, Cleveland has achieved five percent energy savings across 4.5 million square feet of building space and is on pace to meet a city-wide goal of 20 percent energy savings by 2020.
CMHA, the seventh largest housing authority in the country, is working closely with the city to improve the energy efficiency of its multifamily housing buildings, performing $200 million dollars of construction projects within the city.
The Better Buildings Challenge is aimed at achieving the goal of doubling American energy productivity by 2030 while motivating corporate and public sector leaders across the country to save energy through commitments and investments.
More than 200 organizations are partnering with the Energy Department to achieve 20 percent portfolio-wide energy savings and share successful strategies that maximize efficiency over the next decade. Across the country, Better Buildings Challenge partners are deploying energy efficiency projects at more than 9,000 facilities, with more than 2,100 buildings improving efficiency by least 20 percent, and another 4,500 by at least 10 percent, compared with their baseline years, according to energy.gov.
CMHA Identified as Industry Leader in Using Purchase/Debit Cards to Improve Operational Efficiencies
This month, CMHA Financial Services Director Amy Waxman is scheduled to share practical approaches to “Improve Operational Efficiencies, Customer Service & Costs by Going Green” with Chris Ciavarro, Vice President, Public Sector Cards and Payments for KeyBank, and David Gleich of CVR Associates Inc. at the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO) National Conference in Austin, Texas.
During the session, Waxman will provide an in-depth case study on how CMHA implemented purchase and prepaid cards, which has delivered greater efficiencies, increased oversight and reduced costs for the organization. Waxman and presenters will leave the audience with actionable tactics that they can apply at their own organizations.
CMHA to Accept Housing Choice Voucher Tenant-Based Lottery Entry Forms
The CMHA Housing Choice Voucher Program Tenant-Based Lottery Entry Form will be available online beginning at 12:01 a.m. (EST), Monday, August 3, 2015. Entries will be accepted 24-hours a day through 11:59 p.m. (EST), Friday, August 7, 2015. Before and after this time period, entries for the lottery will not be accepted. Anyone who applies at any time while the Lottery Entry Form is open will have an equal chance of being selected in the lottery. A link to the online Lottery Entry Form will be available at www.cmha.net during the time that lottery entries are being accepted.