MISSION: To create safe, quality, affordable housing opportunities and improve the quality of life for the communities we serve.
CMHA is pleased to announce that the agency won 14 NAHRO Awards of Merit and is nominated for four Awards of Excellence. Descriptions of the winning submissions are included in the 2016 NAHRO Agency Awards of Merit in Housing and Community Development Catalog of Winners.
Awards of Merit:
Active Shooter Training for Employees
Home for the Holidays Program for Veterans
Youth Police Academy Builds Trust
Gang Resistance Education and Training (G.R.E.A.T.)
Cleveland’s First Fitness Zone
CMHA Earth Day Celebration
Police Explorers Program Builds Community
CMHA Voices Choir
Tenant Accounts Receivable Online Inquiry System
Purchase Card Program Training
Conversations Over Pizza (C.O.P.)*
Technology Center Bridges Digital Divide*
Trees for Threes*
* Indicates Merit Award Winners nominated for a NAHRO Award of Excellence.
The Commission on Economic Inclusion has awarded CMHA with the Best-in-Class Award for Diversity in Senior Management. CMHA is very proud of the diverse and talented team of senior executives that oversee affordable housing programs and property management services impacting nearly 55,000 residents of Cuyahoga County. Our diverse management team brings forth multiple perspectives and demonstrates just how much we can all achieve when we work collaboratively.
CMHA was recognized as a Gold Fit-Friendly worksite by the American Heart Association for the organization’s effort to help employees become healthier, happier and more productive.
Community Partner of the Year:
Congratulations to CMHA and Chief Executive Officer Jeffery K. Patterson on being recognized as Community Partner of the Year at the Burten, Bell, Carr Development, Inc. 25th anniversary event which was held in May at Anton Grdina Elementary School.
Green Team Highlights
Two French Researchers toured the Ohio City Farm to explore innovative urban redevelopment strategies in Cleveland.
Young residents sow seeds at Riverside Park.
A Green Team member shares his harvest with a community member.
CMHA’s Green Team members visited Westerly Wastewater Treatment Plant near Edgewater Park.
Message from the CEO
Thank you for believing in and supporting our Cleveland Cavaliers, now NBA Champions! Hard work and dedication has definitely paid off and led to the ultimate comeback victory. We witnessed the biggest turnaround in playoff history, and we could not be more proud of our Cleveland Cavaliers and what this means to the people of Cleveland and the community. Here at CMHA, we too are striving for greatness, and our efforts have recently been recognized by the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Organizations (NAHRO). At the summer conference, CMHA is pleased to report that the agency received 14 Awards of Merit and was nominated for four Awards of Excellence. Creating safe, quality, affordable housing opportunities is a team effort, and we thank our partners for being ALL IN!
- Jeffery K. Patterson, Chief Executive Officer
Click here to view a series of videos of CMHA employees sharing their thoughts on what this victory means to them and to the City of Cleveland.
Conversation Over Pizza
Residents engaged in productive dialogue and shared community solutions in early July during the award-winning Conversation Over Pizza (C.O.P) forum at Heritage View Homes Community Center. The group discussed topics such as community policing, safety, education and the community-at-large. CMHA is proud of this program for being a national-model for building stronger community relationships and healthier neighborhoods.
KaBOOM! Playground Build
More than 200 volunteers from CMHA, Morgan Stanley, Fairfax Renaissance Development Corporation and the Cleveland Clinic came together in July to build a playground for children at CMHA’s Griot Village, an intergenerational housing complex for seniors raising children. The non-profit KaBOOM! facilitated the process from helping the children design concepts for the space to assisting with build day, which resulted in a fantastic playground that promotes balance and active play. View a time-lapse video of the playground build at CMHA’s Facebook page.
CMHA in the News
Pathways to Peace: CMHA Police Department's Police Assisted Referral (PAR) Program has transformed their relationship with CMHA's residents. Officers are trained to recognize underlying issues and to help find solutions. Read more here.
CMHA Senior Activities
CMHA residents participated in the 27th Annual Senior Day at Cleveland Public Hall. The event, which is hosted by the Department of Aging, offered resources to the city's seniors. Also, CMHA seniors had a fantastic time attending the 2016 Senior Jamboree at Wendy Park in Cleveland. All enjoyed games a fun-filled afternoon of games, music, dancing and fellowship.
CMHA and Partners Hold Landlord Forum
CMHA hosted a Landlord Forum in May at the Friendly Inn Settlement to recruit 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 staff and voice any questions or concerns regarding the enrollment process or program. 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.
HUD Officials Visit CMHA
HUD’s Lourdes Castro Ramirez and CMHA’s CEO Jeffery K. Patterson visit residents at CMHA’s first Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) project at Bohn Tower.
|U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development tour of CMHA Social Services Stokes Mall
Local ConnectHome Initiative - Cleveland Connects - Moves Forward
As part of the ConnectHome initiative, CMHA has been busy hosting trainings and device distribution sessions at various estates for students in the 21st Century afterschool learning program. During this initial phase, more than 350 students will receive Wi-Fi hotspots and tablets to help bridge the digital divide. Thank you to all of the Cleveland Connects partners who have made this possible.