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***Cleveland Neighborhood News***

A Service of the Center for Neighborhood Development (urban.csuohio.edu/cnd) and NeighborhoodLink (www.nhlink.net)

February 1, 2006

In this edition:

>>>News<<<

…HousingCleveland.org
…Rebuild Ohio
…Gordon Square Homes Development Underway
…Neighborhood Connections Grants
…Center for Neighborhood Development 2006 Neighborhood Directory
…Community Development Corporation Updates

>>>Events<<<

…Green City Blue Lake
…Law for the Laymen Lecture Series
…Newly Elected Officials Certificate Series
…Free Tax Preparation
…Strapped: Why America's 20- and 30-Somethings Can't Get Ahead
…"Home is Where the Heart Is" Lobby Day
…2006 Ohio Business Women's Conference & Expo
…Ohio & Erie Canalway Signage Plan Public Meetings
…Celebrating Women's Health Across the Life Span
…The 2006 Human Services Institute

>>>THE NEWS<<<

HOUSINGCLEVELAND.ORG

The result of a partnership of several non-profit and government organizations in Northeast Ohio, HousingCleveland.org was created to help people list and find affordable housing in Cuyahoga County. The site launched in August of 2005 and has become a reliable source of information for renters and landlords alike. As of early January, the site featured more than 1,900 units, listed by approximately 1,300 landlords. As impressive as these numbers may appear, the site can support much higher numbers and will likely grow as the word spreads that this resource is a mutually beneficial resource for everyone in the Cleveland area who is concerned with affordable housing. Visit www.HousingCleveland.org to learn more.
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REBUILD OHIO

After the Ohio Vacant Properties Forum held in October last year, many attendees enlisted in efforts to continue building an agenda to address vacant and abandoned properties throughout the state. They are pleased to announce that these efforts have coalesced into a new group called "Rebuild Ohio" to stop abandonment, restore properties and revitalize communities.

A consortium of local government, non-profit and civic organizations, Rebuild Ohio's vision is to promote reclamation and redevelopment of vacant and abandoned property for enhanced quality of life in neighborhoods, towns and cities throughout the state. Rebuild Ohio intends to conduct two major studies in 2006. One study will be a needs assessment to survey existing laws and tools that address problem properties in the state and to recommend specific reforms. The other study will attempt to document and quantify the problem and to estimate the many economic costs borne by individuals as well as the State and local governments. In addition, Rebuild Ohio will engage in activities to raise awareness of the issue and to reach out to all interested parties.

There are many opportunities for individuals who would like to become involved in Rebuild Ohio, chiefly by working on one of its many committees. Committee meetings have already begun and if you'd like to get involved or obtain more information, contact Mary Helen Petrus at maryhelen@cndc2.org or Lavea Brachman at LBrachman@greaterohio.org.
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GORDON SQUARE HOMES DEVELOPMENT UNDERWAY

Detroit Shoreway's Gordon Square Revitalization District on Detroit Avenue, from West 58th to West 70th Streets is Cleveland's most intact historic commercial corridor and a budding cultural arts district. Its development continued last week with the launch of the Gordon Square Homes project, a $16 million residential and commercial rehabilitation of several historic neighborhood buildings.

Highlights include the renovation of 64 apartments on the second and third floors of the Gordon Square Arcade, the addition of the Near West Theatre in the building that formerly housed Lou's Furniture, and rehabilitation of several other properties that will provide additional residential and commercial space at both market and affordable rates in the community.

The project involves funding from the Federal Hope VI program, low income tax credits, historic tax credits, and City of Cleveland Housing Trust Fund allocations. Additional project complexities include the relocation of several of the residents of the units being renovated into temporary housing off-site while work is completed on their apartments.
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NEIGHBORHOOD CONNECTIONS GRANTS

Neighborhood Connections, a special program of The Cleveland Foundation, recently awarded 87 projects and over $350,000 to groups in 24 Cleveland neighborhoods. The projects represent a wide variety of exciting neighborhood activities - from computer training to graffiti removal - and each project will make a unique impact on life in Cleveland's neighborhoods.

The program continues this year and will provide grants of $500 to $5,000 to projects that benefit Cleveland neighborhoods. All neighborhood groups in the City of Cleveland are eligible, whether or not they are registered as a non-profit. Proposals are due Friday, February 17 at 5:00 p.m.

Groups interested in applying for funding are invited to attend the final orientation session to learn how to obtain a grant:

Monday, February 6 at 6:00 p.m. at the Walz Branch of the CPL, 7910 Detroit Avenue.

For more information, visit www.neighborhoodgrants.org or call 216.861.3810.
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CENTER FOR NEIGHBORHOOD DEVELOPMENT 2006 NEIGHBORHOOD DIRECTORY

The January 2006 edition of the "Neighborhood Directory" is now available through the Center for Neighborhood Development. The Center compiles this valuable resource each year as part of its ongoing effort to provide a bridge between the city's neighborhoods and neighborhood-based organizations. The directory features up-to-date organization and staff listings for hundreds of groups throughout Cleveland.

Print copies are available for pick-up at a cost of $5.00 and by mail for $6.00. Call 216.687.2166 for more information or view the online listings at www.nhlink.net/neighborhooddirectory.
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COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION UPDATES

Cleveland's CDCs continue to crank out fantastic newsletters and web updates with increasing frequency. Of note are new web sites for the St. Clair-Superior (www.stclairsuperior.org) and Tremont West development corporations (www.tremontwestdevelopment.com), the latest Burton, Bell, Carr Development, Inc. "Community Connector" newsletter (www.bbcdevelopment.org/bbc/communityconnector.htm) and an updated site for the Lorain Station Historic District (lorainstation.nhlink.net).
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>>>UPCOMING EVENTS<<<

GREEN CITY BLUE LAKE

Hosted by EcoCity Cleveland, www.GreenCityBlueLake.org has become one of the premiere sites for the most innovative and useful events, workshops, lectures, and news surrounding sustainable living and practice in the Cleveland area.

This month's calendar features the CityWheels Community Champion Luncheon, where community members will find updates on the progress of this unique car-sharing program (February 4th); a LEED for New Construction Technical Review Workshop presented by the U.S. Green Building Council (February 7th); and a meeting of the First Suburbs Development Council (February 8th). Visit the above website for more information on these and other upcoming events.
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LAW FOR THE LAYMEN LECTURE SERIES
Saturday, February 4th and Saturday, February 11th
From 10am - Noon at the Memorial-Nottingham Public Library, 17109 Lake Shore Blvd.

Sponsored by the NAACP, the Cuyahoga County Bar Association, the Norman S. Minor Bar Association, the Cleveland Public Library, the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, and WEWS TV Channel 5, the purpose of the "Law for Laymen" legal series is to promote understanding of legal rights and responsibilities within the general community. This free program will be led by local practicing attorneys from the Cuyahoga County and Norman S. Minor Bar Associations. The program, which began in January, will feature two remaining topic areas (Real Estate Law and Family Law) this Saturday and on February 11th.

Registration is recommended, but not required. For more information, call Jim Smolinski of the Cuyahoga County Bar Association at 216.621.5112, ext.103.
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NEWLY ELECTED OFFICIALS CERTIFICATE PROGRAM
Every Thursday through March 9th from 5pm - 7:30pm
At the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs, 1717 Euclid Avenue

Today's local government official must possess a broad array of skills to lead effectively. A program of the Leadership Academy, these short leadership seminar are hosted by the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University and will provide training and networking opportunities for newly elected officials. While primarily intended for the newly elected official, policy makers, council staff, community leaders, administrators, agency supervisors, campaign officials, and "trusted advisors" to elected officials are also welcome.

Upcoming sessions feature topics such as municipal finance, ethics and media relations. Registration is required and can be done by visiting http://urban.csuohio.edu/academics/leadership/electedofficials.shtml or by calling 216.687.2206.
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FREE TAX PREPARATION
Saturday, February 4 from 9am - 3pm at 4008 St. Clair Avenue

This Saturday, the Cleveland Housing Network (CHN) will host a tax preparation session for low-income residents who are eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit. This free event will provide financial education and assistance, courtesy of CHN, that will help residents get their refunds as quickly and efficiently as possible.

For more information, call 216.881.8443 (ext. 1) or visit www.chnnet.com.
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STRAPPED: WHY AMERICA'S 20- AND 30-SOMETHINGS CAN'T GET AHEAD
Thursday, February 9 from 4 - 5:30 pm 1717 Euclid Avenue

Could it be possible that today's college grads are making less than the college grads of thirty years ago? Is it really getting harder for young people to get ahead? The Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University will host Tamara Draut, author of "Strapped: Why America's 20- and 30-Somethings Can't Get Ahead," who will speak on her book and explore how she thinks we might bring about solutions to this problem in America.

This forum, a joint program of the Levin College Forum, Policy Matters Ohio, and Demos, is free and open to the public, but registration is requested. To register, visit http://urban.csuohio.edu/forum/strapped or call 216.523.7330.
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"HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS" LOBBY DAY
Tuesday, February 14 at 11am at the Riffe Center, 77 S. High Street, Columbus, Ohio

Sponsored by the Coalition for Responsible Lending, this lobby day event is an effort to raise awareness in Columbus and statewide about the impact of predatory lending on our communities. From the four-part Columbus Dispatch series, "Brokered Dreams," to the crafting of bills by Senators Roberts (SB162), Padgett (SB 185), and Dann (SB 199), it is clear that predatory lending in Ohio has become a high-priority issue for community advocates, legislators and policy-makers throughout Ohio. The listed bills represent an attempt to expand of current laws in ways that could significantly tame the practice of predatory lending.

To learn more about this event in Columbus and how to get involved with this issue, visit the Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio's web site at www.cohhio.org or contact Cathy Johnston by calling 614.280.1984 or emailing cathyjohnston@cohhio.org.
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2006 OHIO BUSINESS WOMEN'S CONFERENCE & EXPO
February 16 & 17 at the Cleveland Renaissance Hotel & Conference Center

Presented by the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce for Ohio, the 2006 Ohio Business Women's Conference & Expo will attract over 800 women business owners for a two-day conference promoting women's business enterprises at all stages of development. Business owners are invited as exhibitors or attendees and will find an intriguing forum with information and tools that will help them to expand their business and markets.

For more information on registration, sponsorship and participation, visit www.hbahcco.org.
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OHIO & ERIE CANALWAY SIGNAGE PLAN PUBLIC MEETINGS
Various Dates

The Ohio & Erie Canalway, a federally recognized National Heritage area, traverses over 100 miles of Northeast Ohio from New Philadelphia to Cleveland. The greenway's trails and resources are constantly expanding throughout the region and communities in and around Cleveland will begin to see more of their impacts and benefits in years to come. The planning process is still very much underway and public input is needed as the process continues. The following meetings are the final opportunities to voice your opinion of the Canalway's Signage Plan.

Thursday, February 23 at the Zoar Schoolhouse (Folttz & Fifth Streets) in Zoar
Tuesday, February 28 at the Marina @ Sippo Lake (5300 Tyner Street NW) in Canton
Wednesday, March 1 at the Independence Tech. Ctr (6801 Brecksville Rd.) in Independence
Tuesday, March 7 at the Coventry Oaks Pavilion (40 Axline Ave.) in Akron

All meetings begin at 6:00 PM. For more information or to RSVP, call Jennifer at 216.520.1825 or email jbrosseau@ohiocanal.org.
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CELEBRATING WOMEN'S HEALTH ACROSS THE LIFE SPAN
Thursday, February 23 from 11:00am - 4:00pm in CWRU's Thwing Hall, 11111 Euclid Avenue

Sponsored by the Center for Minority Public Health of Case Western Reserve University, the V-Fest will be a day of information, education and networking to empower women and those who support women's health issues in our community. Children's activities will also be provided throughout the event.

For more information, contact Jenice Contreras at the Center for Minority Public Health by calling 216.651.6191 or emailing jenice.Contreras@case.edu.
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THE 2006 HUMAN SERVICES INSTITUTE
Friday, March 24 at the Cleveland Convention Center, 500 Lakeside Avenue

The Human Services Institute attracts hundreds of professionals and volunteers from Northeast Ohio and is used by cities across the country as a model for community education on health and social issues. The 64th annual Institute will be held Friday, March 24, 2006. Session and registration details can be found at http://communitysolutions.com/hsevent.
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