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Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs
Cleveland State University

The Center for Neighborhood Development (CND) was founded in 1979 to assist community groups preserve and restore the city's neighborhoods. Since its founding, CND has provided technical assistance to neighborhood-based development organizations, evaluated low-income weatherization and energy conservation programs, provided workshops and seminars on issues in neighborhood development and engaged in policy analysis of housing and community development. As CND's first director, Norman Krumholz, summarized the program: "CND's role is to create interest and hope in the revitalization of Cleveland's neighborhoods by providing residents with encouragement as well as research and technical assistance."

CND has been involved in both technical assistance and program development in the areas of mediation, leadership development and community planning.

CND has coordinated the development of NeighborhoodLink, a computer community information system that provides access to local information. Content of NeighborhoodLink includes information about employment, transportation, housing, environment, family services and health.

CND in partnership with Neighborhood Centers Association supported by the Kellogg Foundation has developed a neighborhood leadership program, Neighborhood Leadership Cleveland. The training builds on the assets of neighborhood leaders and has developed a network of leaders throughout the city. Seventeen classes have been completed with 512 graduates.

CND provides a link for undergraduate students to become involved in neighborhood development through internships with a community development corporation (CDC). Each year at least six students receive a paid internship for 20 hours a week for three quarters (30 weeks). The students work in the office of the neighborhood-based organizations on specific projects. Of the 42 interns over the past five years, almost half are presently working with a CDC or governmental unit involved with neighborhood revitalization.

CND fulfills the outreach mission of Cleveland State University to our urban community and our commitment to address urban problems by providing a bridge to the neighborhoods of Cleveland.

Neighborhood Centers Association

Cleveland City Council

Neighborhood Progress Inc.

The George Gund Foundation

The Cleveland Foundation

Cuyahoga County Department of Children and Family Services

Sisters of Charity Foundation
Contact: 216-241-9300

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development