Saturday, February 9, 2013

City of Cleveland Housing Strategies & CDBG Budget Hearings Agenda & Schedule

Approaches for Improving Our Neighborhood Housing 

The following information are summarized excerpts from a PowerPoint presentation given by the City's Department of Community Development to the Community and Economic Development Committee of Cleveland City Council on January 29th, 2013.

The full presentation (provided below), was given to our Committee in anticipation of the Community Development Block grant hearings that begin this coming week (see below for the agenda and schedule).  This information is helpful in understanding the context of our work in reviewing the impacts of the foreclosure crisis and the City's response.

Here are highlighted information and slides extracted from the study:

Principal Functions of the Department of Community Development
Implement programs designed to:
  • conserve and expand the housing stock; 
  • revitalize commercial areas; 
  • acquire, maintain; and, 
  • market vacant land.

HUD National Objectives for Community Development Block Grant funding
  • Provide assistance to low and moderate income families;
  • Prevent and alleviate slum & blight; and,
  • Address an urgent need.

Market Conditions
  • High Foreclosure Rate; 
  • Declining property values
  • Lower demand in a slow growth area; and,
  • High low-moderate income population

Slow Growth - Population decline: 
  • 1950 – 948,000 
  • 2000 – 478,000
  • 2010 – 393,804

Median Income & Poverty level (%)
  • National Median Income  $49,445 (15.1%)
  • Ohio Median Income  $45,090 (15.8%)
  • County Median Income  $41,347 (17.9%)
  • Cleveland Median Income $25,977 (34.0%)

Reinvest in Neighborhoods
  • Rehabilitation of vacant and abandoned homes
  • Development of anchor projects that can be a catalyst to reposition communities
  • Develop Community Plans with local organizations; identify overlooked assets; and re-brand neighborhood.

Program Priorities
  • Focus on code enforcement
  • Increase the number of demolitions & Incorporate demolition into the strategic approaches
  • Increase the volume of rehab and renovation
  • Provide affordable housing
  • Pursue innovative land reutilization

NOTE:  Cleveland City Council's Committee on Community and Economic Development will hold televised hearings to review the Community Development Block Grant proposed budget on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, February 12 - 14, 2013.

Hearings are televised live and can be viewed via internet on our City's
Cleveland Channel 20 TV.

  • 9:00 am  Consolidated plan budget review
  • 9:15 am  
    • Neighborhood development activities
    • General administration
    • Code enforcement & demolition
  • 12:00 noon, Break for Lunch
  • 1:30 pm  
    • Land reutilization
    • Lot clean up
    • Community gardens
    • Fair housing and Consumer affairs

  • 9:00 am  
    • CDBG AIDS prevention and Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS 
    • Community Development Corporations (CDC)
    • CDC operating support
    • Citywide development support agencies
  • 12:00 noon, Break for Lunch
  • 1:30 pm
    • Housing programs
    • Housing repair assistance programs

  • 9:00 am
    • Commercial revitalization
    • Storefront renovation
    • Emergency solutions grant program and CDBG homeless services 
    • Public service programs
    • Third party social services
    • Reconciliation (budget modifications based on hearing discussions)

Community and Economic Development Committee:
[All members of Council are encouraged to attend]
  • Anthony Brancatelli, Chair
  • TJ Dow, Vice Chair
  • Joe Cimperman
  • Brian J. Cummins                           
  • Jeffrey D. Johnson
  • Eugene R. Miller    
  • Terrell H. Pruitt          
  • Jay Westbrook                           
  • Matthew Zone

Here is a complete copy of the presentation:

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