Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority - Enriching Lives in the Community for 80 Years

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What We Do

The Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA) owns and manages property and administers rent subsidy programs to provide eligible low-income persons good, safe, affordable housing. CMHA maintains an accredited police department to ensure safe places to live and work, and a social services department that develops programs to enhance the quality of life of its residents.


CMHA is responsible for the management and operation of the local public housing program. They may also operate other types of housing programs such as the Housing Choice Voucher Program.


On-going functions:

  • Assure compliance with leases. The lease must be signed by both parties;

  • Set other charges (e.g., security deposit, excess utility consumption, and damages to unit);

  • Perform periodic reexaminations of the family's income at least once every 12 months;

  • Transfer families from one unit to another, in order to correct over/under crowding, repair or renovate a dwelling, or because of a resident's request to be transferred;

  • Terminate leases when necessary; and

  • Maintain the development in a decent, safe, and sanitary condition.


CMHA also provides other services, that include: homeownership opportunities for qualified families; employment training opportunities, and other special training and employment programs for residents; and support programs for the elderly.


Mission Statement

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 is a political subdivision of the State of Ohio, created under sections 3735.27 to 3735.50 of the Ohio Revised Code. It serves Cuyahoga County, excluding Chagrin Falls Township, through two federally assisted housing programs: Low-Income Public Housing and Housing Choice Voucher Program.


Vision Statement

Working with the Progressive Action Council (PAC) and community partners, CMHA is a leading housing provider dedicated to increasing the supply of quality affordable housing in Cuyahoga County. Our goal is to create strong communities that residents are proud to call home, communities that are not isolated from surrounding neighborhoods but are linked to the social, educational, economic and religious institutions of the community-at-large. Our purpose is also to support individuals and families (residents and employees) to be strong contributing members to our community.


  • Work Ethic: We believe in a strong work ethic whereby every task is undertaken with an attitude of 100% commitment to achieve excellent results;

  • Integrity: We believe integrity, both personal and corporate, is fundamental to building strong relationships;

  • Teamwork: We believe in teamwork and acknowledge that by working together-staff, residents and community partners-CMHA’s mission, vision and goals are achievable, and more importantly, sustainable;

  • Respect: We believe respect (and most especially mutual respect) must be afforded to all persons and rooted in all interaction amongst staff, and between employees and residents;

  • Customer Service: We believe in providing excellent customer service to residents, Housing Choice Voucher Program participants and landlords, and staff;

  • Community: We believe CMHA is a vital member of the community and must participate (as well as include community stakeholders) in significant planning initiatives.


Fast Facts

  • First Housing Authority in the United States: chartered in 1933

  • One of the ten largest Housing Authorities in the country

  • Public Housing Numbers: 60 Developments: 10,500 Units

  • Number of Housing Choice Vouchers: 15,000

  • Number of People Served: 55,000

  • Average Annual Income of Public Housing Residents: $7,000

  • Average Annual Income of Voucher Participants: $13,000

  • Energy conservation programs established

  • Fiscally responsible-good steward of resources and finances

  • Over the past few years, CMHA has invested nearly $200 million in construction projects into the City of Cleveland

  • CMHA received 12 national awards this year for its program innovation from the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials