Summer 2017

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


Congratulations Carolyn Gaiter


Congratulations to CMHA's Chief Operating Officer Carolyn Gaiter and fellow community leaders on their selection to The Cleveland Leadership Center's Leadership Cleveland Class of 2018. Leadership Cleveland empowers recognized, senior-level positional leaders with knowledge, skills and relationships to advance and deepen their community impact. The agency looks forward to forming an even stronger, broader network of community-focuses partnerships as a result of her participation. Click to meet the LC class of 2018.


Jaziah Shipp


Jaziah Shipp

Griot Village resident and 16-year-old Jaziah Shipp is one impressive young man. Beyond working hard in school, he is a member of Distinguished Gentlemen of Spoken Word and, more recently, the FBI selected him to be a member of the Future Agents in Training (FAIT) program.

Future Agents in Training (FAIT) is a program hosted by the FBI that invites high school students to receive hands-on training. This program works to educate and inform students about the mission of the FBI’s divisions: criminal, counterterrorism, intelligence, counterintelligence, and administrative. Students learn from special agents, intelligence analysts, language specialists, and professional staff about investigative tactics that include gathering evidence, interviewing witnesses, capturing criminals, and solving cases.


Jaziah stood out as the only future agent to solve a case on his first day, earning him recognition from the top agent-in-charge. During the weeklong program, he learned how to dust for fingerprints, search databases, ride in special cars and work on real cases.  Congratulations to Jaziah!


Best Practices

Best Practices

CMHA’s Kristie Groves and Dorivette Nolan along with Faye Hargate from Cleveland Public Theatre highlighted the longstanding partnership between the two organizations at the Council of Large Public Housing Authorities (CLPHA) Affordable Housing and Education Summit 2017.  At the summit, attendees shared information on how Public Housing Authorities can collaborate with school districts, nonprofits, and others to provide education and enrichment opportunities to our youth.


Message from the CEOJeffery K. Patterson, CEO

Dear Stakeholders:
The National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO) provides opportunities for its member agencies to receive national recognition for their innovative housing and community development projects, programs, and services.  I am proud to report that CMHA received 11 Awards of Merit at the NAHRO national conference in Indianapolis, Indiana.  The award-winning initiatives range from projects that transform neighborhoods to services that change lives.  In addition, NAHRO has nominated three merit-award winners for an Award of Excellence:  Creative Fusion Mural, Family Self-Sufficiency Motivational Mixer and Landlord Forum.  Please join me in congratulating all that were involved in the following national-award-winning initiatives:


  • Creative Fusion Mural

  • Family Self-Sufficiency Motivational Mixer

  • Landlord Forum

  • Brick City Theatre

  • ConnectHome – Cleveland Connects

  • Family Self-Sufficiency e-Bus

  • Healthy Living Wellness Program

  • Public Service Fellowship

  • Purple Silent Witness Exhibit

  • Sankofa Village: Revitalization of Central

  • Strategic Plan: Charting the Way Forward


- Jeffery K. Patterson, Chief Executive Officer


NAHRO Awards


CMHA In the News

Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority holds Senior Jamboree by the lake


Ideastream’s Living History:  Public Housing and the Stokes Legacy


The Sound of Ideas:  Lead Laws and Digital Inclusion


ConnectHome: National Digital Inclusion Week – Celebrating Your Impact


The Sound of Ideas: Choosing the Public Sector


Renderings for Irishtown Bend Released


Five Rutgers graduate students took first place in the HUD Innovation in Affordable Housing Competition designing for CMHA’s Woodhill Homes Estates


Cleveland Kids' Book Bank

Cleveland Kids' Book Bank

Special thanks to the Cleveland Kids' Book Bank for partnering with CMHA to promote literacy and a love of reading among our residents!  In June, CMHA Special Assistants distributed 4,500 books to CMHA children attending the summer lunch programs at various CMHA estates.   In all, the Book Bank has donated more than 7,500 books to residents in less than two months and the number continues to climb.


Bridging the Digital Divide: Connecting the Unconnected

Bridging the Digital Divide: Connecting the Unconnected

In June, AT&T, DigitalC, and CMHA hosted an event to announce the award of the AT&T Aspire to Tech Udacity Nanodegree scholarships to six CMHA residents and to celebrate the first group of 26 residents to complete the Connect the Unconnected basic skills training course at Cedar High Rise.

Cedar High Rise is home to America’s first FCC-defined high-speed broadband connection in public housing thanks to Digital C and a high-level of civic collaboration between numerous public and private partners.  Connect the Unconnected is a pilot program designed to address the three pillars of the digital divide: high-speed internet connectivity, digital literacy training, and a device to utilize the access and once training is complete. Cedar High Rise is the first CMHA building with all units in the building receiving Internet connection speeds of 25 megabits per second.


In all, more than 100 CMHA residents have completed digital literacy training and received a refurbished desktop computer.


Common GroundCommon Ground

CMHA is partnering with The Cleveland Foundation to host Common Ground.  Talking – and listening – to our neighbors is an important first step toward creating a more equitable and resilient community. On a single day, Sunday, July 30, 2017, join your community as thousands of people from across Cuyahoga County come together in shared spaces to connect, communicate, and collaborate.

CMHA and YMCA of Greater Cleveland invite you to participate in a Common Ground community conversation from noon to 2 p.m. on Sunday, July 30 at Parker Hannifin Downtown YMCA.  Join us for food and conversation about what steps we can take to solve the opioid crisis in our community. Refreshments will be served.

Register in advance here


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Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority

8120 Kinsman Road, Cleveland, OH 44104

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


Robert E. Davis, Chairman

Stephanie Y. Pope-Earley, Vice Chairperson

Nadine D. Head, Commissioner

Barry A. Withers, Commissioner

Jeffery K. Patterson, Chief Executive Officer

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