The Stockyard, Clark-Fulton & Brooklyn Centre Community Development Office (SCFBC) opened in July 2010. The organization provides comprehensive community development services, focusing on five core areas as identified by a community residents and stakeholders during the 2010 strategic planning process.
- Community Organizing and Outreach
- Housing Development
- Including: support for home repair and improvement and code enforcement
- Land Reutilization, Greenspace and Garden Support Safety and quality of life services
- Economic Development
SCFBC Service Area Existing Housing and Building Conditions
- Number of Housing Units: 12,347 housing units.
- Housing Type: 83% are one- and two-family houses.
- Foreclosures: The Stockyard, Clark-Fulton and Brooklyn Centre neighborhoods have been hard hit by the foreclosure crisis with 24% of all one- and two-family homes going through foreclosure since 2005.
- Demolition: 2% of all houses have been demolished – lower than what is needed due to City failure to fairly allocate demolition funding
- Vacant Housing: 20% of houses are currently vacant.
- Home Ownership: The home ownership rate is fairly high – 41%.
- Age of Housing Stock: 73% of all houses were built before 1940.
- Median Home value: The median home value of $45,950 has increased significantly since 1990 but has declined recently due to the foreclosure crisis.
Goals Strategies & Tactics
Goal: Increase Community Involvement in SCFBC
- Involve Stakeholders in Improving Neighborhood Safety
- Tactics (see full report below for all tactics lists for each strategy)
- Increase Participation and Cultivate Leadership
- Develop Partnerships Within the SCFBC Service Area
- Develop programs for vacant land reutilization and urban agriculture
- Utilize Code Enforcement to Improve Building & Housing Conditions
- Eliminate blight through graffiti abatement & vacant lot maintenance
- Strengthen foreclosure prevention programming and outreach
- Rehabilitate Single Family Homes
- Create comprehensive Concentrated Inspection Area (CIA) program
Goal: Support Commercial Development
- Provide technical assistance to businesses
Goal: Connect residents with programs to assist with utility bills through
- Connect residents with programs to assist with utility bills through to HEAP, PIPP, Water Affordability, Weatherization, and PRC programs
Goal: Strengthen SCFBC Organizational Foundation
- Develop organizational planning for SCFBC
- Develop organizational marketing initiatives for SCFBC
- Brooklyn Centre Community Association
- Bush Ave Block Watch
- Fenwick Neighbors Block Club
- Fulton West Block Club
- International Village
- Jones Home Historic District Community Association (formerly Daisy Area)
- Library, and Poe Ave. Meeting location: Jones Home Building Basement, Applewood Center Mapledale Ave Residents
- Stockyard Connection
- Village People
- Unity Block Club
- W. 33rd Street Block Club
- W. 33rd and Bradwell Ave Residents
- W. 73rd & Neighborhood Coalition
Community Interest Groups
- Brooklyn Centre Naturalists
- Cleveland TimeBank
- Community Forum
- Community Gardens
- Community Leaders Committee
- Economic Development Committee
- Greenspace & Land Reutilization Committee
- Housing Committee
- Mix & Mingles Open House
- Near West Community Council
- Safety Committee
- Stockyard Steppers
Ext. 201: Nanci McCormack, Administrative Assistant
Ext. 202: Dave Reuse, Greenspace and Graffiti Abatement Specialist
Dean Bates, SEC Volunteer
Ext. 204: Dharma Valentin, Community Organizer
Ext. 205: Adam Gifford, Director of Community Involvement
Ext. 206: Christina Keegan, VISTA – Time Bank Coordinator
Brian Gozelanczyk, Law School Fellow
Ext. 207: Greg Baron, Housing Director
Ext. 208: Joe Narkin, Housing Specialist
Ext. 209: Adam Stalder, Economic Development Director
Ext. 210: Megan Meister, Program Director
Ext. 225: Loida Feliciano, Bi-lingual HEAP Intake Specialist
Ext. 226: Maribel Cirino, Bi-lingual HEAP Intake Specialist
Ext. 227: Litressa Hunter, HEAP Intake Specialist
Ext. 228: Sasha Ottoson-Deal, Development Specialist
Ext. 229: Juliana Cole, Community Network Weaver
[See full report for program accomplishments]
- Community Outreach and Involvement
- Block Clubs- Staff members provide assistance to area block clubs and community associations. If you are interested in getting involved in your area club or association, please call Adam Gifford, x205 or Dharma Valentin, x204.
- Technical assistance for community-based grants (Adam Gifford, x205).
- Community Network Weaving
- Staff create partnerships between community organizations, schools, businesses, and institutions. For more information, please call Juliana Cole, x229.
- Housing Code Enforcement and Support
- Staff work alongside the City of Cleveland’s Department of Building and Housing to enforce building and housing codes throughout the service area. For more information, call Joe Narkin, x208.
- Home Repair information. If you are interesting in learning about the available home repair resource opportunities in the neighborhood (Joe Narkin, x208).
- Community Gardens and Vacant Land Reuse
- Staff provide assistance to residents and stakeholders that are interested converting vacant land into gardens and greenspace (Sasha Ottoson-Deal, x228).
- Vacant lot Side Yard Expansions (Sasha Ottoson-Deal, x228).
- Graffiti Abatement and Clean Up Complaints
- To report graffiti tags, please call Sasha Ottoson-Deal, x228.
- To report illegal dumping or locations with garbage and debris (Sasha Ottoson-Deal, x228).
- Commercial Support and Development
- Support and technical assistance for neighborhood businesses and commercial properties. For more information, please call Adam Stalder, x209
- Facilitate referrals and technical assistance for the City of Cleveland’s Storefront Renovation Program (Adam Stalder, x209).
Complete SCFBC Strategic Plan Report