City of Cleveland Public Meeting on Community Development Funding

The Department of Community Development will hold two Citizen Participation meetings this month to explain how it will spend approximately $25,747,000 in federal funds  for the Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG), Home Investment Partnerships Program (HOME), Emergency Solutions Grant Program (ESG) and the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS Program (HOPWA).

 

 

 

SUMMARY OF PROPOSED USE OF FUNDS

CDBG Program

AMOUNT

Homeowners Rehabilitation Assistance (includes an estimated $500,000 in program income)

$   1,726,566

Housing Trust Fund (includes an estimated $800,000 in program income)

$      800,000

Code Enforcement

$      419,000

Anti Predatory Lending

$        97,416

Demolition/Board Up (includes an estimated  $500,000 in program income)

$   1,500,000

Public Services: AIDS Prevention

$      309,393

Public Services: Third Party Not for Profit Organizations

$   1,260,128

Public Services: Homeless Assistance

$      623,454

Land Reutilization Activities

$   1,536,908

Community Gardening

$      126,057

Commercial Development: Storefront Renovation

$      452,241

CDC Operating Support Grants (administrative support)

$   1,135,739

Citywide Development Assistance Grants (administrative support)

$      246,221

Neighborhood Development Activities

$   7,600,000

Fair Housing

$        85,950

Administration (Direct and Indirect)

$   3,445,764

TOTAL CDBG  (Includes $1,800,000 estimated program income)

$ 21,364,837

HOME Program  (Housing Programs)

 

Homeowners Rehabilitation Assistance (includes an estimated $400,000 in program income)

$   700,900

Housing Trust Fund

$   2,165,852

CHDO Affordable Housing

$      612,000

HOME Program Administration

$      343,427

TOTAL HOME (includes an estimated $400,000 in program income)

$   3,822,179

ESG Program  Emergency Solutions Grant--rental assistance and shelters.

 

TOTAL ESG

$   1,808,259

HOPWA Program Programs for people with AIDS

 

TOTAL HOPWA  

$      952,331

TOTAL, Estimated HUD FUNDING (2016-2017)

$ 27,947,606

The Citizen Participation meetings will give residents an opportunity to ask questions and provide comments on the Department’s plans and funding priorities.    

Meeting Dates and Locations:

Thursday March 10, 2016

Trinity Commons at East 22nd and Euclid Ave. Meeting Room A-B (enter off Prospect).

10 to Noon

& Thursday March 24, 2016

Lutheran Hosptial Castele Learning Center 1730 West 25th St.

5:30-7:30 p.m.

NEOCH is a recipient of CDBG funding and the City of Cleveland supports the Coordination of outreach teams so that the health care groups are talking to the mental health groups and all the volunteers serving people who are resistant to shelter in Cleveland.

Brian Davis

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Councilman Zack Reed Attends Congress

Thanks to Kris for taking the notes for this meeting.  Cleveland City Councilman Zack Reed attended the meeting and addressed the Congress.  Councilman Reed heard concerns from the group including:

  • too little food being served at women’s shelter along with other women’s shelter meal concerns and not allowed to bring outside food into the shelter.
  • concerns regarding disparity in shelter conditions, options, and services between men’s and women’s shelters (worse conditions, options, and services in women’s shelter).
  • only one shelter for single women without children, no option to stay at facility during the day even with bed rest orders unless you’re one of the lucky 12 or so (insufficient bed rest beds),
  • not providing case management, training programs or opportunities for women the way the men’s shelter(s) do.
  • people who are elderly or who have physical disabilities are sleeping on mattresses on the floor in the overflow room instead of giving them priority for beds,
  • the staff force women with disabilities and bed rest orders out into the cold to seek services or spend their day at the Cosgrove Center when doing so puts them at risk,
  • Previous problems at the Men's Shelter in 2002 were handled by the County/City quickly and resulted in a new provider stepping in and improving the men's shelter.
  • insufficient heat, but not allowed to bring a blanket in from outside and no pillows at all and no extra blankets available.).

Brian requested City Council take action to require shelters in the city to display the rights of people with disabilities in the shelters and LGBT shelter rights and that they amend the City’s fair housing ordinance to include source of income protections (so that folks with a housing choice voucher cannot be refused housing opportunities).  He indicated that families presenting for shelter shouldn’t be diverted as it resulted in many folks returning to unsafe situations or sleeping in cars.  They fear that their children will be taken away from them.  There was some discussion of trans folks who were not routinely informed that they have the right to stay in the shelter of the gender with which they identify if they like.  Also, some discussion of people with comfort (disability-related) animals do not go to the shelter because they don’t know if they have the right to bring their animals with them.  Another woman reported that a woman who is blind was denied access to the dining room with her guide dog. 

Before leaving, Councilman Reed committed to writing a letter to the County Executive, Armond Budish and copying each member of County Council to recap the concerns he heard at the meeting and as what, if anything, would be done to address the concerns. He will request that at least the County respond to the concerns raised by the Homeless Congress in a letter to Councilwoman Conwell.   Additionally, he committed to contacting Susan Neff at Frontline Services to meet with her to discuss any actions are under way and what may be planned to address these concerns.  He agreed to turn over the two pieces of advocacy on fair housing and income protections to the departments within the City who could champion these issues.  The Councilman requested he be invited back in a few months to continue the conversation.

Revised from Notes taken by Kris Keniray who took the notes and attended the meeting.

Brian Davis

City Councilmembers Show Up For Teach In

Cleveland City Council members, Mamie Mitchell, Phyllis Cleveland, and Zach Reed attended the Teach In last night to focus on Permanent Supportive Housing and Outreach Services.  We had Peter from the Community West Foundation and Valeria from the Alcohol Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board of Cleveland attend the event.  It was a nice event with our gracious host Gerald, the Property Manager of Greenbridge Apartments. 

We heard from a couple of residents of the buildings who spent years living on the streets of Cleveland.  A few men and a woman talked about being "rescued" from living outside and the outreach workers saving their lives.  One gentleman who now lives on the west side in one of these brand new beautiful Permanent Supportive Housing Projects talked about it being time to come inside.  He was so thankful for meeting Jim Schlecht to help him relocate to his own apartment building.

Paul, one of the volunteers, included a touching note from a guy who lived in a hole in a wall in the folder for each participant who was so thankful for all the work in trying to get him into housing.  We may publish this in an upcoming issue of the Street Chronicle.  Paul talked about the mental illness and fragile people he sees outside. We got to hear from three professionals working on building trusting relationships with homeless people including, Toni Johnson, Steven Campisi and Jim Schlecht.  Thanks to EDEN Inc. and Frontline Service for help in setting this up and presenting at the forum last week.  Thanks to Elaine and Christine for offering the space and talking abou the history of these fantastic buildings. 

With federal sequestration over the last two years, we are losing funds for homelessness and housing in Cleveland.  Federal cut backs are potentially costing us outreach staff and state cutbacks will mean that we will not have a ribbon cutting in 2016 of a new Permanent Supportive Housing project.  This will break an eight year streak of opening brand new buildings.   The purpose of this event was to highlight to the community the great partnership among the many groups.  From the Department of Veterans Affairs and Care Alliance finding people on the streets to Frontline Services and EDEN moving people into apartments, it is a nice system that is working for 570 people in Cleveland.  We need the local community to step up to support these programs to make up for the loss of federal funds.

Brian Davis

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Councilman to Attend Next CAHA meeting

Councilman Tony Brancatelli, the Chair of the Community and Economic Development Committee, will attend the next Cuyahoga Affordable Housing Alliance meeting to present to the group.  CAHA is at the lower level of the HUD offices at 1350 Euclid Ave. in the US Bank building on July 8 at 1:30 p.m.   He will talk about the City of Cleveland's efforts to clean up after the foreclosure crisis.  He will talk about the City Budget for community development in light of federal austerity and budget cuts from Sequestration.  Finally, he is expected to answer questions regarding the development of affordable housing in Cleveland.  The public are invited to attend the CAHA meeting to hear more about housing locally. 

The Veterans Affairs staff will also give an update on the housing vouchers reserved for veterans locally.  CAHA is a monthly meeting to discuss affordable housing locally since 1999, and we work to preserve and expand affordable housing locally. 

Brian Davis

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