Next CAHA Meeting Foreclosure and the Clean Up

The next meeting is October 7 at 1:30 and will feature Bill Whitney of the Cuyahoga Land Bank and Lou Tisler of Neighborhood Housing Services.  Bill will give his regular update on the clean up of the foreclosure crisis in Cleveland.  The land bank is taking down shells of housing so that the land can be re-developed into parks, farm, or housing.  They are also working with a few community groups on creative solutions to the protect Cleveland neighborhoods going forward.  Recently, they were granted permission to use some of the foreclosure assistance money to take down more abandoned properties when the Treasury Department decided to allow the hardest hit fund to go to demolish housing.  This had been used to save people's homes and now it will be to wipe away abandoned housing.   Someday at CAHA after the foreclosure crisis is over we will have to discuss if the American dream of homeownership is now dead for millions of lower income families now that the housing bubble has burst and we taken down thousands of units of housing.   We will hear about all the latest news on the first land bank program in Ohio.

In addition, we will have Lou Tisler from Neighborhood Housing Services who is still working with current home owners to prevent foreclosures.  His group is trying to help people restructure their mortgages and working to save homes. They help with mortgage homebuyer education classes and they are the home of the Cuyahoga Land Trust.  NHS is working with more and more people from the suburbs, and working to keep people from giving up on their quest for the American dream and preventing the nightmare of a family moving to a homeless shelter.

Monday October 7 at 1:30 p.m. at the US Bank building (yes, we understand the irony of holding a meeting about foreclosures and the devastation caused in our community in a building owned by one of the mortgage cartel traffickers) at 1350 Euclid Ave. in the lower level.

Brian Davis

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