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.
AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS
CMHA Resident Wins First Place in National Essay Competition
Congratulations to CMHA resident Zhanesia Johnson for winning first place in the 2015 Playground Safety Poster and Essay Contest sponsored by HAI Group! Zhanesia’s winning essay included her ideas on the contest theme “Keep Your Playground Clean and Safe - Make Your Kingdom a Special Place!” She competed among nine to 11 year olds representing housing authorities from across the country. Her work is showcased in HAI’s calendar publication.
“Zhanesia did an excellent job with her essay! Everyone at Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority should be VERY proud of her. We know that we are.” – HAI Group
Northeast Ohio Apartment Association Recognizes CMHA for Achieving High Standards
We are proud to announce that the Northeast Ohio Apartment Association awarded CMHA with 2015 NOAA Key Awards for achieving the highest standards of property management professionalism. More than 30 CMHA properties received a Gold, Platinum or Silver Award designation for outstanding physical qualities, marketing creativity and management caliber necessary to be called one of Northeast Ohio’s best. Thank you to all of the CMHA staff and residents for their hard work and dedication.
Key Award Winners (CMHA):
Fairfax Intergenerational Housing, Lee Miles Apartments
Heritage View Homes, Miles Pointe, Union Square
Addison Square, Bellaire Gardens A, Bellaire Gardens B, Bellaire Townhouses, Carver Park, Crestview Apartments, Doris V. Jones Senior Building, Euclid Beach Gardens, Fairway Manor, King Kennedy North High Rise, Lakeview Terrace, Lakeview Towers, Laronde Apartments, Legacy Park Apartments, Lorain Square, Manhattan Tower, Mildred L. Brewer Building, Miles Elmarge, Mt. Auburn Manor, Oakwood Villas, Outhwaite Homes, Riverside Park, Riverview Tower, Springbrook Apartments, Wade Apartments, West Boulevard, Willson Tower, Woodhill Homes.
CMHA Chief Operating Officer Carolyn Gaiter Receives Legends of Leadership Award
Congratulations to Carolyn Gaiter, Chief Operating Officer, on being selected as one of the Legends of Leadership honorees at Cleveland State University's (CSU) 25th Leadership Academy Homecoming Celebration. The celebration was held on Friday, September 18th in the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs - Cleveland State University, and Mrs. Gaiter was honored for her significant contributions as a public sector leader.
The 25th anniversary events gave leadership academy fellows the opportunity to reunite and reminisce about the program and the positive professional impact it has had on their careers. The CSU leadership program is the only public sector leadership development program in the Cleveland area and one of the longest running programs in the region.
Resident Spotlight: Cynthia Triplett (Riverview Tower Resident)
“We intend on making seniors the healthiest people in 2015,” says Cynthia Triplett clutching the microphone moments after being named the top winner of the recent Riverview Tower vs. Lakeview Terrace Health Challenge. Cynthia is a 13-year resident of Riverview Tower who has taken health and wellness to the next level by not only participating, and winning the Health challenge, but by encompassing healthy living into her everyday life.
For the past eight years Cynthia has been practicing Yoga and has made a personal goal at age 64 to become a yoga instructor. Not only was Cynthia a top winner but she also volunteered to help others along the way during the challenge.
“What else could I do but help seniors? Living with seniors and seeing the deterioration of their health makes me want to improve their quality of life,” said Cynthia, as she passionately explained the need she wants to meet.
It is no wonder that Cynthia won the health challenge because she does many of the exercises from the challenge on her own. For her, the challenge was just an excuse to get her friends and fellow residents to exercise with her. She admitted that it was a little difficult for her friends to adjust to exercising, but she did not have much trouble because she has been doing yoga for many years and walks five miles in meditation daily.
Cynthia wants to become a certified yoga instructor, so that she can teach classes for senior residents. After working for 47 years to the service of others at the YWCA, League Park Center, the Oriana House, and serving on Cleveland’s Board of Education, it is only fitting for Cynthia to continue her desire to help others.
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Message from the CEO
As many communities across the country look for ways to strengthen relationships between law enforcement and the community, the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA) has launched an exciting new initiative called Conversation Over Pizza (C.O.P).
This newly developed, innovative program provides a unique forum for open and honest dialogue about how residents in our communities can work together to build trust with Police Officers and improve the overall quality of life in the neighborhoods where they reside. By raising awareness, listening to the community and working together, C.O.P. is serving as a catalyst for building stronger and healthier communities.
I believe C.O.P. is a valuable tool to ensure resident engagement and leadership in the community change process and look forward to using the information collected in these sessions to influence safety and community policing initiatives moving forward.
I invite you to visit the Resident Services website to learn more about how we are using C.O.P. as a powerful tool for engagement and to view photos of the program. And, thank you for your commitment to transforming and revitalizing our neighborhoods.
- Jeffery K. Patterson, Chief Executive Officer
Housing Choice Voucher Program Lottery Winners Selected
In early August, CMHA provided an opportunity for individuals to submit an entry for the Housing Choice Voucher Program Tenant-Based Lottery. The winning lottery entries are listed online at www.applycuyahogacounty.tenmast.com. Please share this news with your clients or constituents who may have applied. Moving forward, it is important for the winners to keep their contact information up-to-date in the applicant portal at cmha.net in order to receive important communications regarding next steps.
CMHA appreciates the staff of the Cleveland Public Library, Cuyahoga County Public Library and other community partners for helping residents submit entries for the Housing Choice Voucher Program Tenant-Based Wait List.
Expanded High-Speed Broadband Coming to Cleveland, CMHA
In July 2015, President Obama announced ConnectHome, a new initiative with communities, the private sector, and federal government to expand high-speed broadband to more families across the country, including residents of CMHA and select low-income areas of the city of Cleveland.
“The ConnectHome program will be of great assistance in the growing efforts to bridge the digital divide in our community. This access will be beneficial to all of the residents we serve, but particularly the school-age youth of whom this type of access is becoming a necessity for educational success,” said CMHA Chief Executive Officer Jeffery K. Patterson.
HUD selected CMHA through a competitive process that took into account local commitment to expanding broadband opportunities; presence of place-based programs; and other factors to ensure all are well-positioned to deliver on the initiative. On October 20, CMHA hosted the Cleveland Connects Convening with a diverse group of partners to discuss how to make this model work in Cleveland. Read more about the announcement in this article at cleveland.com.
Lake-to-River Trail System to Improve Park/Lake Access for CMHA Residents
U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary led the dedication of the new half-mile section of the lake-to-river trail system in August. When complete, the 1.3-mile Cleveland Foundation Centennial Trail will link the towpath to Whiskey Island and will run right past Lakeview Terrace.
To raise awareness, CMHA worked with the Trust for Public Land to create a video featuring CMHA residents enjoying the public spaces. In a report by Ideastream’s Joanna Richards, Lakeview Terrace Local Advisory Council President Brenda Tate expressed enthusiasm and appreciation for the trail.
The entire community looks forward to this taking advantage of this new resource. Read or listen to the full report here.
Jobs Plus Program Engages Residents and Partners in Implementation
The Jobs Plus initiative has begun! CMHA is leading the effort - with coordinated implementation by four outstanding partners: Cleveland Neighborhood Progress, Towards Employment, The Urban League of Greater Cleveland and Verge Inc. - to serve residents at Outhwaite Homes Estates and Carver Park Estates over the next four years.
Jobs Plus is a resident-led initiative. Lead Weavers and Weavers are residents who are spreading the word about Jobs Plus, building strong relationships with their neighbors, stimulating action throughout the community to support one another in their ability to be successful in work, and to influence the community mindset in such a way that individuals and the community at-large strengthens its adoption of and value for the culture of work.
Resident interest in and enthusiasm for Jobs Plus is high. Many have already stopped by the Jobs Plus office to tour the facilities, meet staff, and gain a broader understanding of what Jobs Plus has to offer. A multi-generational representation of residents are looking to secure employment or advance in their careers, benefit from academic, vocational, or credentialing programs, or start or grow a business that benefits the Central Neighborhood.
ReThink Campaign Features CMHA Police Explorer Program in New Video
CMHA is developing future leaders while building community and establishing trust through the Police Explorers Program. The program pairs teenagers with police mentors, giving them the opportunity to learn about what it means to be a police officer and make a positive impact in their neighborhoods. We are proud of our youth, mentors and leaders for giving back in such a transformative way. Special thanks to the ReThink Why Housing Matters Initiative, developed by HAI Group, for sharing inspirational stories from public housing.
Check out this video highlighting CMHA officers and participants.
Community Comes Together to Dedicate Dwayne Browder Field at Outhwaite Estates
CMHA, City of Cleveland - Cleveland City Hall, Burten, Bell, Carr Development, Inc., and the Cleveland Browns held an event on September 9 to dedicate the Dwayne Browder Field at CMHA’s Outhwaite Estates. Hundreds of children, parents, and community members came out to celebrate the new field. Even Bernie Kosar and Joe Haden joined to encourage the municipal league football players and cheerleaders.
The CMHA Police Department sponsors close to 130 resident youth through four municipal league football and cheerleading teams, ages 7-9, through the Police Athletic League (PAL). Special thanks to Mrs. Haslam, Joe Haden, the Browns, the City, FirstEnergy, and Burten, Bell, Carr for their support.
CMHA Residents Focus on Health and Wellness
A celebratory event held at Riverview Tower in September ended an eight-week health challenge where Riverview Tower and Lakeview Terrace residents competed for a prize by tallying walking, stretch band and yoga exercises.
The event included dancing, a movie and presentation of awards from special guests representing CMHA, Ward 3, Cleveland Police, Cleveland Clinic, Lutheran Hospital, Ohio City Incorporated and Vision Yoga & Wellness.
CMHA congratulates all of the winners and participants of the challenge and thanks our excellent partners for encouraging active and healthy living.
Green Team Members Graduate from Seasonal Agricultural Program
In September, CMHA held a ceremony for the graduates of the Green Team, an urban agricultural program. Started in 2010, the Green Team is a seasonal employment program that provides training and enrichment in urban agriculture and healthy living to public housing residents.
Throughout this season, CMHA collaborated with local restaurants and businesses to teach Green Team participants the importance of a healthy lifestyle. The team learned essential life skills like healthy eating habits, marketable technical knowledge of green practices and a comprehensive understanding of sustainable living. In addition, participants completed a communication workshop, received a cooking demonstration from Ben Bebenroth of Spice Kitchen and had an awesome trip to the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC) in Wooster, among many other activities.
Does your organization need volunteer help?
Throughout the year, CMHA residents seek opportunities to volunteer in the community. If your organization could use help, please contact Rhonda Wilson, Program Assistant, at email@example.com or 216-271-2548.