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MISSION: To create safe, quality, affordable housing opportunities and improve the quality of life for the communities we serve.


NASA Minority University Research and Education Program Aerospace Academy


Gloria Lacen

Gloria Lacen:  Hard work is no stranger to Gloria Lacen, a resident of Olde Cedar and newly employed worker at Mistick Construction.  Lacen’s journey to become a construction worker began in the fall of 2015 when she saw a letter advertising a CMHA Participating Area Resident (PAR) worker position with Mistick Construction. After working many jobs that were not aligned with her personal goals, she jumped at the opportunity to secure a career in construction, a career she determined would be both rewarding and fulfilling.   Click to read the complete story on how Gloria Lacen is pursuing a career in a field she enjoys!


French Researchers

Crain's Forty Under 40 Awards

Congratulations to CMHA Board Commissioner Stephanie Pope on being selected for the Crain's Cleveland Business Forty Under 40 Award!  Now in its 25th year, Crain's Forty under 40 program has honored over 900 individuals for their professional success and civic contributions.


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Housing Authority Insurance (HAI) Group Recognizes CMHA

Congratulations to CMHA Associate General Counsel/Director of Safety and Risk Management Jeffrey Wade on being named Risk Manager of the Year at HAI Group’s 2016 Housing Authority Defense Attorneys (HADA) Seminar in Manchester Village, Vermont. Director of Human Resources Betsy McCafferty accepted the 2016 Employee Safety Award for CMHA's Risk Training and Healthy Living Wellness Programs, and the Conversation Over Pizza (COP) program, led by Director of Resident Services Kristie Groves, received honorable mention.


CMHA in the News

Romona's Kids: Local teens on positive path thanks to Housing Authority


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CMHA’s Teens Achieving Greatness (TAG) students created a Purple Silent Witness exhibit at Heritage View Estates in support of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The students painted life-sized purple silhouettes which were visual representations to honor victims of domestic violence.  The exhibit was featured on Channel 19’s Romona’s Kids. CMHA’s efforts to connect youth to the Internet through the ConnectHome initiative were also highlighted in the segment.


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Message from the CEOJeffery K. Patterson, CEO

I am proud to announce that CMHA has earned forty-six Northeast Ohio Apartment Association Key Awards for achieving the highest standards of property management professionalism. The awards range from Platinum to Silver Awards and recognize outstanding physical qualities, marketing creativity, and management caliber necessary to be called one of Northeast Ohio’s best. Doris V. Jones Court Senior Building, Riverview Tower, and Griot Village all received Platinum Awards for their superior performance. For a complete list of awards, visit



Platinum Key Award Winners


On a national level, Nan McKay and Associates recognized CMHA with the Resident Services Award at the Housing Conference in San Antonio, Texas.  The award honors the agency’s Conversation Over Pizza (COP) program, a national model for strengthening relationships and building communities.  We are proud of these acknowledgements and are committed to continuously improving services and programs throughout the agency.


Additionally, CMHA staff represented the agency well at NAHRO’s national conference in New Orleans. Director of Modernization and Development Mike Shea presented on sustainability, and CMHA’s Kristie Groves, Delores Gray, and William Reeves together with Care Alliances’ Francis Afram-Gyening shared insights on health care accessibility. We are proud of these acknowledgements and are committed to continuously improving services and programs throughout the agency. French Researchers

Resident Services Director Kristie Groves accepting Nan McKay & Associates Award


- Jeffery K. Patterson, Chief Executive Officer


CMHA Supports American Heart Association

CMHA employees not only raised funds for the American Heart Association, but they also showed up to support the 2016 Heart Walk on Saturday, October 8 at Mall C in Downtown, Cleveland. Walkers visited CMHA’s booth to answer health and wellness trivia questions, roll the fitness dice and play Plinko! CMHA had a great time supporting an important cause. The agency raised more than $7500 and nearly 30 employees participated in the walk. Check out the video and photos here.


Conversation Over Pizza


KaBOOM! Playground Build


KaBOOM! Playground Build

Joshua Edmonds


KaBOOM! Playground Build

Eli Stacy

CMHA Welcomes Cleveland Foundation Fellows

In September, Cleveland Foundation Public Service Fellows Joshua Edmonds and Eli Stacy started a year-long fellowship with CMHA.  Throughout the past few weeks, Edmonds and Stacy have been meeting staff, participating in key discussions and charting a course for their fellowship.  Edmonds’ focus is on developing and supporting aspects of the federal ConnectHome initiative, which was developed to bridge the digital divide.  Stacy’s work is centered on connecting 14 to 17 year olds to college and career opportunities as part of the federal Jobs Plus program.  CMHA is pleased to offer emerging young leaders the skills and networks needed to create the community they envision and jumpstart a career in public service.  Edmonds and Stacy are among nine fellows who were selected after a nationwide search that attracted 110 applicants from 19 states and 50 universities.


CMHA in the News

HUD Fellow Visits CMHA

Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Fellow Matthew Lord visited CMHA in early October as part of the White House Shadowing Program to get the agency's perspective on Rental Assistance Demonstration initiatives and other new developments.  HUD selected CMHA for this visit because of its reputation for innovation and commitment to development.


CMHA Senior ActivitiesCommunity Policing and New Officers

During National Community Policing Week, the CMHA Police Department was awarded funding through the The United States Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) to hire six police officers. Community policing can help strengthen relationships between police officers and our communities. CMHA thanks the Department of Justice for working with local agencies and partners toward this effort. Read more about the grants:


In addition, CMHA has welcomed new police and protection officers to the team. Officers accepted their new responsibilities in front of family, friends, fellow officers and CMHA staff at a recent swearing–in ceremony. Congratulations to all and thank you for your commitment to protect and serve CMHA.


HUD Officials Visit CMHA

Bridging the Digital Divide

The first group of CMHA residents graduated from Basic Computer Training course on October 19! Participants learned new skills and earned a free desktop computer system upon completion of the course. The Ashbury Senior Computer Community Center, CMHA ConnectHome, Connect Your Community Center and City of Cleveland Councilman Brian J. Cummins supported this program. This collaborative effort is bridging the digital divide in our community!  Doug Guth of Fresh Water Cleveland wrote about how CMHA is connecting our community in this article.



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Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority

8120 Kinsman Road, Cleveland, OH 44104

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


Ronnie A. Dunn, Ph.D., Chairman

Robert E. Davis, Commissioner

Nadine D. Head, Commission

Stephanie Y. Pope, Commissioner

Barry A. Withers, Commissioner

Jeffery K. Patterson, Chief Executive Officer

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