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Spring 2016

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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.

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NASA Minority University Research and Education Program Aerospace Academy

NASA Minority University Research and Education Program Aerospace Academy

 

From January 23rd through March 12th, ten youth from Griot Village attended the NASA Minority University Research and Education Program (MUREP) Aerospace Academy on Saturdays at Cuyahoga Community College. During the eight-week program, students participated in grade-specific programming that included lectures, field trips and hands-on curriculum. Transportation was provided to and from the program with the support of a generous donation from KeyBank and services from Victory Center for Youth. The NASA MUREP Aerospace Academy (MAA) is a national, innovative project designed to increase participation and retention of historically underrepresented K-12 youth in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM. Also, thank you to the Fairfax Renaissance Development Corporation for their partnership.

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CMHA Participates in Greater Cleveland Caucus

CMHA Participates in Greater Cleveland Caucus

 

CMHA was proud to participate in the Greater Cleveland Caucus: A Town Hall Meeting on Community Solutions held at the Cleveland Public Auditorium. The event connected residents and stakeholders to organizations that are working on the frontlines to address essential community issues which included housing, health, education, safety, economic inclusion, transportation and the environment. Special thanks to the Cleveland Foundation, The City Club of Cleveland, Neighborhood Connections, Cleveland Young Professionals Senate, Crain's Cleveland Business, and 90.3 WCPN Ideastream® for collaborating to improve Cleveland’s neighborhoods.

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National Campus Kitchens Project Comes to Quarrytown

National Campus Kitchens Project Comes to Quarrytown

 

As part of the The Campus Kitchens Project - the leading national nonprofit empowering students to fight hunger and food waste - students from Baldwin Wallace University will be providing a series of meals throughout the year to residents at CMHA’s Quarrytown. The student-led organization combats food waste and hunger by transforming surplus food from dining halls, community gardens, restaurants, and grocery stores into healthy meals.

 

Message from the CEOJeffery K. Patterson, CEO

I’m proud to announce that Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA) and the City of Cleveland have officially launched the Cleveland Connects initiative to help bridge the digital divide in our community. At a kickoff event in April, stakeholders and residents gathered at the King Kennedy Boys and Girls Club to learn about our plan to bring affordable broadband access, technical training, digital literacy programs and electronic devices to residents. Cleveland is one of 28 communities across the country chosen to be a part of the federal initiative, ConnectHome, which is known locally as Cleveland Connects. During this first phase of implementation, students who participate in CMHA’s afterschool learning and youth leadership programs will receive training and devices, enabling them to access high speed Internet from home or elsewhere. This initiative could not be possible without numerous strong public-private partnerships; for a complete list of partners and to learn more about Cleveland Connects, click here.

 

- Jeffery K. Patterson, Chief Executive Officer

 

Cleveland Connects

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Landlord Forum - Save the Date

Know or work with landlords who would be interested in learning more about CMHA’s Housing Choice Voucher Program?  Together with partners, CMHA will host a forum for landlords to access the information and resources needed to participate in the program.  Save the date: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., May 21, Friendly Inn Settlement.

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“Our Journey Home” Documentary April 26

“Our Journey Home” Documentary April 26

Please join CMHA and the ReThink campaign at 7 p.m. on April 26th at Cleveland Cinemas – Capitol Theatre to watch a screening of “Our Journey Home,” an inspirational film sharing the story of four individuals in public housing and the importance of having a home.  The documentary is focused on the common belief that everyone deserves a safe and stable place to call home and the benefits of public housing.  Plan to stay for an engaging panel discussion afterward. Look forward to seeing you there! Reserve your tickets today: https://www.tugg.com/events/94914

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Partnering for STEM Education

CMHA hosted Science Technology Engineering Math (STEM) Week for students during their spring break at the Outhwaite Community Center. The week of events was part of the SEED initiative, which brought together partners from the The Children's Museum of Cleveland, the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, and the Girl Scouts to produce a series of fun, interactive learning programs focused on science, technology, engineering and math. Special thanks to all the partners for collaborating to create innovative learning experiences for CMHA youth. Thank you to our partners for their support: City of Cleveland - Cleveland City Hall, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Sprint, GitHub, Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland, Cleveland Public Library, Everyone On, Cuyahoga Community College, Cleveland Neighborhood Progress, OneCommunity, Connect Your Community Center, Ashbury Senior Computer Community Center, Cleveland Housing Network, Enterprise Community Partners, Famicos Foundation, Connect Ohio/Connected Nation, Buren, Bell, Carr Development, Inc., Fairfax Renaissance Development Corp, 90.3 WCPN ideastream®, Tech Corps, and The College Board.

Partnering for STEM Education

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CMHA Police Department Receives CALEA AccreditationCMHA Police Department Receives CALEA Accreditation

We are proud of the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority Police Department (CMHAPD) for earning accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). A team of assessors from CALEA comprehensively examined the CMHAPD’s facilities, equipment, policies, procedures, management, operations, and support services. The accreditation process is voluntary and verifies compliance with internationally recognized law enforcement standards. The Department has been accredited by CALEA since 1998 and this is their 8th accreditation and second time for the meritorious recognition. Great job and thank you for your service!

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Cleveland Public Theatre and CMHA to Expand Arts InitiativeCleveland Public Theatre and CMHA to Expand Arts Initiative

Congratulations to Cleveland Public Theatre (CPT) for receiving a $500,000 dollar grant from the Cleveland Foundation to fund a three–fold increase of participants in the Brick City Program, which engages 300 children, ages 5-14 at CMHA’s Lakeview Terrace and Woodhill Homes. Special thanks to the Cleveland Foundation and CPT for investing in youth success at CMHA. Click here to read the story featured on Cleveland.com.

 

Also, don’t miss Station Hope - a block party with a purpose, an arts event for the people, a celebration of hope – from 6 to 10 p.m. on April 30 at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 2600 Church Ave. 44113. In its third year, Station Hope is a jubilant community event that celebrates hope, honors Cleveland history and engages with contemporary social justice issues. To learn more about Brick City Theatre and its impact, watch this short, powerful documentary on the program: https://vimeo.com/131843106

 

Photography by Steve Wagner: Road to Hope event in February at the Lakeview Community Center.

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Griot Village Receives Dominion East Ohio Community Impact AwardGriot Village Receives Dominion East Ohio Community Impact Award

The Fairfax Renaissance Development Corporation (FRDC) was one of 15 communities to win a grant in Dominion East Ohio’s 21st annual Community Impact Awards Competition. Five thousand dollars was awarded to FRDC for partnering with CMHA to build Griot Village, a multi-family townhouse developed specifically for seniors 55 and older with legal custody of grandchildren, nieces, nephews, or other minor children, which is the first of its kind in Ohio. Special thanks to Dominion East Ohio for recognizing the effort to adequately accommodate grandparents raising children. Kudos!

 

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BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Ronnie A. Dunn, Ph.D., Chairman

Doris V. Jones, Vice Chairperson*

Robert E. Davis, Commissioner

Stephanie Y. Pope, Commissioner

Barry A. Withers, Commissioner

Jeffery K. Patterson, Chief Executive Officer