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.
CMHA Celebrates Honorable Judge Sara J. Harper at Gala
Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA) recognized the Honorable Judge Sara J. Harper, a long-time friend and former resident of CMHA's Outhwaite Home, on January 9 at the annual gala event. Chief Executive Officer Jeffery K. Patterson surprised Judge Harper by announcing that East 43rd Street has been renamed in her honor to commemorate her devotion to the agency, specifically highlighting her work with children at the Sara J. Harper Library.
The distinction recognizes Judge Harper for her dedication and long career as an outstanding pioneer, role model, and public servant to the City of Cleveland and Cuyahoga County. "Living in public housing can be the beginning of a journey to a great and fulfilling life," Judge Harper said as she reflected on growing up with both of the Stokes brothers at Outhwaite and the determination she and others had to uplift the community. The agency thanked Judge Harper for all of her service, loyalty, and commitment to residents.
The Women of Color Foundation Recognizes Laura Cowan
Congratulations to Lorraine Vega, Le Joyce Naylor, and CMHA’s very own Resident Services Liaison Laura Cowan on being recognized in November at the 10th Annual Women of Color Leadership Development and Training Institute and Awards Luncheon. The Women of Color Foundation is a 501c3, tax-exempt foundation organized in 2005, to foster networking and to provide personal and professional development, education and training to women and girls of all colors. The agency is very proud of the awardees for their personal and professional commitments and for truly changing lives.
Photo credit: Rodney L. Brown Photography
Sherwin-Williams HomeWork Graduates
In November, CMHA held the Sherwin-Williams HomeWork graduation ceremony for those residents who completed the four-week program. During the course, trainees are taught about brush technique, mixing paint, maintenance, as well as mold and lead contamination using Housing and Urban Development Healthy Home guidelines. In addition to painting, residents are trained and certified in the Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RRP) Program, which offers a recognized credential sponsored by the United States Environmental Protection Agency. To ensure that residents have every opportunity to get employed, CMHA offers job readiness training, which takes place prior to the painting class.
Employees Graduate Leadership Development Program
Recently, 23 employees completed the 11-week Cornerstone of Success: LEAD program focused on leadership, excellence, achievement and development. The national award-winning program focuses on themes such as team building, crisis management, personal and professional development and service. To give back to the community, the cohort spent a day painting the warehouse at Vocational Guidance Services. At the graduation ceremony, Cleveland Clinic’s Community Outreach Senior Director Vickie Eaton Johnson shared with the class her insights on leadership. Thank you to Ms. Johnson for her time and passion, and congratulations to all of the graduates.
Message from the CEO
I am proud to announce that CMHA has kicked-off the New Year by bringing residents, civic leaders and many partners together to break ground on the much-anticipated Cedar-Central Development between E. 22 and E. 30 Streets on Community College Avenue. This historic event was the culmination of years of resident engagement, planning and community input. The agency is grateful to play an integral role in bringing this reimagined neighborhood to life through a mixed-use development that embraces history, transforms neighborhoods, connects people and creates new opportunities. Thank you to all who joined us to mark this major milestone and to all the residents and stakeholders who are committed to revitalizing the Cedar-Central neighborhood.
In the coming year, we look forward to not only continuing progress in the Cedar-Central community, but also breaking ground on Phase IV of Heritage View Homes and facilitating important programs and projects throughout Cuyahoga County. Looking ahead, we will be launching a long-term strategic plan that will serve as our road map for continuous improvement and high-quality outcomes. I look forward to sharing this plan with you and thank you for your input and partnership in service.
- Jeffery K. Patterson, Chief Executive Officer
KeyBank/CMHA Dedicate Computer Lab at Griot Village
As part of CMHA’s effort to close the digital divide, the agency held a dedication ceremony for the KeyBank Technology Center in November at Griot Village. This state-of-the-art tech center, equipped with new computers and the latest software, will allow intergenerational residents at Griot Village to have access to the internet and create more opportunities for online communication and learning.
Special thanks to KeyBank and the Fairfax Renaissance Development Corporation for partnering on this initiative and helping residents connect to unlimited possibilities. For their commitment to making a difference in our community, both organizations received the Community Partner of the Year award at CMHA's annual gala event.
Home for the Holidays Focuses on Veterans
CMHA in conjunction with the Louis Stokes Cleveland Veterans Administration (VA) Medical Center and the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development hosted Home for the Holidays, an initiative seeking local landlords to house homeless veterans during the holiday season. Landlords with safe, quality housing, who wanted to show appreciation to our veteran families by making homes available, attended open houses held at the VA Domiciliary cafeteria. At the event, veterans met with landlords, completed paperwork and scheduled viewings and inspections.
Partner Highlight: The Society of St. Vincent de Paul
Every Friday morning, volunteers from the Society of St. Vincent de Paul are ready to distribute food to CMHA residents and fellow residents from the community at the Woodland Food Pantry located in the King Kennedy Estate. The Society has been running the major operations of the food pantry for the past two years by utilizing a cohort of dedicated volunteers that donate time three days during the week to make Friday mornings possible.
The group of nearly 35 volunteers is responsible for food pick-ups at the Cleveland Food Bank and the Orlando Baking Company, filling brown paper bags, and all cleaning and maintenance. Our hope is to give immediate help to as many people in need as possible with a sense of dignity.” said Will Skora, St. Vincent de Paul, Operations Manager.
During food pantry hours, the volunteers distribute food to approximately 150-250 people with smiles on their faces. “I come to volunteer every week because at different points in our lives we all need help,” explained Shirley Williams, a St. Vincent de Paul volunteer. If you are interested in learning more or volunteering, contact Will Skora at 216-391-7231.
Sheep Graze CMHA Solar Panel Field
In November, CMHA partnered with the St. Clair Superior Development Corporation to bring sheep to the agency’s solar panel field on Kinsman Road. The Urban Grazing Project allowed the livestock to graze the variety of natural vegetation for a week-long trial period. The benefits of this green initiative include: cutting carbon use by not using landscaping equipment; reducing the amount of pollutants, fuel, and gasoline; as well as a cost-savings for the Authority. A full-scale program is planned for next year and will give the agency an opportunity to expand its Green Team Urban Agriculture Program, adding elements of shepherding into the curriculum and incorporating more youth involvement - the program proves to be a unique educational opportunity in an urban setting.
Thank you to our partners at the St. Clair Superior Development Corporation for helping to make this partnership such a great success. For more information, check out the Fresh Water Cleveland article.
University Hospital Seidman Cancer Center Community Outreach Team Partners with CMHA
The University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center Community Outreach team has been hosting collaborative focus groups with residents and staff at various locations throughout the agency. During the sessions, participants answer a variety of questions about decision aids, which are tools designed to facilitate shared decision making and patient participation in health care decisions. Thank you to the participants for offering their valuable input that will help shape health care administration nationally.
Cavs and Partners Plant Trees for Threes at Heritage View Homes
This fall, the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA) participated in the Trees for Threes event where partners from the Cleveland Cavaliers, PwC, and the Western Reserve Land Conservancy planted more than 300 trees donated by The Davey Tree Expert Company at Anton Grdina Elementary School. Students of Anton Grdina, along with volunteers from partnering organizations, planted one tree for each three point shot made by the Cavs in the 2015 season to enrich the CMHA Heritage View Homes community with more trees and green space. Thank you to all of the partners, including Cleveland Metropolitan School District, Sustainable Cleveland 2019, Burten, Bell, Carr Development Corporation and Councilwoman Phyllis E. Cleveland, for making this event a success and building stronger communities. #Trees4Threes
Partners: Encourage HCVP Applicants and Participants to Register for Applicant Portal
If your organization works with Housing Choice Voucher Participants (HCVP), please encourage current participants and those who are on the waiting list to create a user account in order to be reminded of appointments, contact case workers and check the status of housing. It is particularly important for HCVP participants to attend annual recertification meetings in order to ensure stable housing for their families. Accounts can be setup at www.cmha.net/apportal.