Collinwood/nottingham Village Dev Corp

Beautifying our Neighborhoods: Ward 10 Clean & Green Dumpster Days Recap

Ward 10 Councilman Anthony Hairston partnered with the Collinwood Nottingham Development Corporation to organize “Ward 10 Clean & Green Dumpster Days,” a weekend neighborhood cleanup geared toward disposing of trash and beautifying the community. Councilman Hairston made sure residents and community stakeholders had access to a large dumpster for a three-day period to dispose of trash and debris in their homes or businesses.

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Volume 10, Issue 9, Posted 12:19 PM, 09.07.2018

EBC Fery Kids Summer Meal Program

This summer, there will be a free breakfast and lunch program for youth at Five Pointe Community Center 813 E. 152nd Street Cleveland, Oh 44110. The program will be handled by The EBC Fery Senior Program lead by Mary Fayne in partnership with Greater Cleveland Food Bank. The program will begin Monday June 4, 2018 and will end Friday August 10, 2018 for youth ages 3 through 18, it will consist of breakfast, lunch, and fun activities. Youth will be served breakfast from 9:00am-10:00am. Lunch will be served from 12:30pm-1:30pm. The time between breakfast and lunch, youth will be able to participate in a variety of indoor/outdoor activities arts & crafts, games, and occasional field trips with parental consent. If you are interested in registering your child, please contact Terri Shepherd 216-268-2138

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Volume 10, Issue 5, Posted 4:56 PM, 05.10.2018

LAST CHANCE: The 2nd Annual Keys to Housing Resource Fair

Ensure your spot today for the 2nd Annual Keys to Housing Resource Fair! Organized by the Collinwood & Nottingham Villages Development Corporation, the Keys to Housing Resource Fair will feature information for first-time homebuyers, existing homeowners, tenants and landlords. CNVDC staff will be presenting informational workshops regarding, home safety, residential housing code, and how to purchase a home with our organization through our partnership with Cuyahoga County Landbank. Lastly, if you need help with financial literacy, this is the place to be! Shashonna Duckworth, Executive of Operation Hope will be presenting a workshop about financial literacy. Informational workshop slots are filling up quickly.  You don’t want to miss out! Residents who participate will have the chance to win prizes. Food and refreshments will be available. Also there will be a “kids table” available for parents who attend the event.

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Volume 10, Issue 5, Posted 4:56 PM, 05.10.2018

Ward 10 First Annual Bunny Breakfast Recap

Ward 10 Councilman Anthony Hairston and Collinwood & Nottingham Villages Development Corporation hosted Ward 10 First Annual Bunny Breakfast on Saturday March 31, 2018 from 9:30am to 12:30pm. We welcomed residents surrounding Ward 10 to come together to eat breakfast, create Easter crafts and take photos with the Easter Bunny.  The event was a true success. We had over 80 residents participate in the event.

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Volume 10, Issue 5, Posted 4:56 PM, 05.10.2018

Kickin' it with Cops IS BACK: Cleanin' with Cops Recap

Collinwood & Nottingham Villages Development Corp in partnership with Cleveland Police Foundation and Litterbugz hosted “Cleanin’ with Cops” on Saturday April 21, 2018 at Humphrey Park 207 E. 161st Cleveland, Oh 44110 from 12:30pm-4:00pm. Residents, students, and community stakeholders came together to clean the community. Participants met at Humphrey Park to receive T-shirts, cleaning supplies, and “Kickin’ it with Cops in CLE” button. We split into teams to make sure we clean North and South Collinwood. 5th District Commander Sammy Morris along with Lieut. Montanaro and few other 5th District officers cleaned the South Collinwood neighborhood. We cleaned along E. 152nd Street, E. 140th St, Aspinwall Ave, etc.

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Volume 10, Issue 5, Posted 4:56 PM, 05.10.2018

The 2nd Annual Keys to Housing Resource Fair is getting closer.....

Are you renting your home and have concerns about your rights a tenant? Are you a homeowner who’s ever faced a sudden home repair?  Are you looking to purchase a home but feel lost in the understanding the process? Are you looking to learn more about becoming a landlord? Are you renting your home and have concerns about your rights a tenant? Do you just feel that there’s no help for housing issues like these?  If any of these questions apply to you then you cannot miss the 2nd Annual Keys to Housing Resource Fair!

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Volume 10, Issue 4, Posted 3:24 PM, 04.04.2018

Kickin' it with Cops IS BACK: Cleanin' with Cops

“Time for some spring cleaning.” Collinwood & Nottingham Villages Development Corp in partnership with Cleveland Police Foundation and Litterbugz will host “Cleanin’ with Cops” on Saturday April 21, 2018 at Humphrey Park 207 E. 161st Cleveland, Oh 44110 from 12:30pm-4:00pm. There will be live entertainment as we prepare to clean the neighborhood.

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Volume 10, Issue 4, Posted 3:24 PM, 04.04.2018

2nd Annual Keys to Housing Resource Fair

Mark your calendars today. You don’t want to miss out on the largest housing event on the eastside of Cleveland! Organized by the Collinwood & Nottingham Villages Development Corporation, the 2nd Annual Keys to Housing Resource Fair will feature information for first-time homebuyers, existing homeowners, tenants and landlords. For more information contact, Kristian Hunter 216-268-2138.

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Volume 10, Issue 3, Posted 11:04 AM, 03.10.2018

Bunny Breakfast in Collinwood

Ward 10 Councilman Anthony Hairston and Collinwood & Nottingham Villages Development Corporation welcome residents to attend The 1st Annual Bunny Breakfast. The event will be held on Saturday March 31, 2018 from 9:30am to 12:30pm. Breakfast will be served promptly at 9:30am. Each family participating will receive a free picture with the Easter Bunny. There will be small crafts available for children two years and older, such as egg decorating, make your own bunny ears and much more. There will also be chances to win prizes through the Easter Coloring Contest and the Golden Egg Hunt. This is a family fun event that you don't want to miss.  Each family member must be pre-registered. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

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Volume 10, Issue 3, Posted 11:04 AM, 03.10.2018

Kicking it with Cops: Crafting with Cops

Tis the season to be Kicking it with Cops. Collinwood & Nottingham Villages Development Corp in partnership with St. Clair Superior Development Corp will be hosting Crafting with Cops on Wednesday December 13, 2017 at Five Pointe Community Center from 5:00pm-7:00pm. This event will be the end of our fall/winter series of Kicking it with Cops, so if you haven’t made it to any of the events make sure you mark your calendars.

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Volume 9, Issue 12, Posted 10:07 AM, 12.08.2017

What’s Cooking in Collinwood: Cooking with Cops Recap

            When it comes to improving community and police relations “Cooking with Cops” was a recipe for success. Collinwood & Nottingham Villages Development Corp in partnership with St. Clair Superior Development Corp hosted Cooking with Cops on Thursday November 16, 2017 at Five Pointe Community Center. Participants included local residents, students from Job Corp, volunteers from Cleveland Clinic and officers from Cleveland Police 5th District. We had a diverse group of participants of all ages; everyone was a part of making our full course meal.  

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Volume 9, Issue 12, Posted 10:07 AM, 12.08.2017

We Made a Difference: Cleaning with Cops Recap

“The leaves are falling and the trash was calling.” Collinwood & Nottingham Villages Development Corp in partnership with St. Clair Superior Development Corp hosted “Cleaning with Cops” on Saturday October 28, 2017 at Five Pointe Community Center. Local residents, students, volunteers, and 5th District Lieut. Montanaro, Sergeant McCaulley and Officer Hampton worked together in teams to clean along E. 152nd Street. We even had volunteers come out from Cleveland Clinic to help us clean our neighborhood.

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Volume 9, Issue 12, Posted 10:07 AM, 12.08.2017

Kicking it with Cops: Cooking with Cops

Collinwood & Nottingham Villages Development Corp in partnership with St. Clair Superior Development Corp is still in the season of “Kicking it with Cops”. This month is time to cook some delicious food and fill our bellies. We will be Cooking with Cops on Thursday November 16, 2017 at Five Pointe Community Center 813 E. 152nd Street Cleveland, Ohio 44110 from 5:00pm-7:00pm.

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Volume 9, Issue 11, Posted 1:22 PM, 11.03.2017

The Kickoff: Kickball with Cops Recap

“There is nothing like an old-school game of neighborhood kickball.” Collinwood & Nottingham Villages Development Corp in partnership with St. Clair Superior Development Corp kicked off the “Kicking it with Cops” program with Kickball with Cops on Saturday September 30, 2017 at Humphrey Park. This year, we teamed up with Memorial School (410 E. 152 Street Cleveland, Oh 44110) to participate in Kickball with Cops. The kickball game included Memorial School students’ grades 5-8 playing against Cleveland Police 5th District.

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Volume 9, Issue 11, Posted 1:22 PM, 11.03.2017

Kicking it with Cops in Collinwood

As you may know, the tension between citizens and police officers has been an ongoing issue in neighborhoods across the country and in our own local communities. In consideration of our communities concerns for safety and bridging the gap between citizens and officers, Collinwood & Nottingham Villages Development Corporation was awarded a Neighborhood Solutions grant from Cleveland Neighborhood Progress Inc. for the Kicking it with Cops program.

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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 3:28 PM, 10.08.2017

The Emergence of ILF Transportation: Inspiring and Serving

(Cleveland, Ohio)  ----- NaJeebah Shareef’s world changed, for the better, through a chance encounter with a homeless veteran in the mid-winter of 2012. Ms. Shareef came to Cleveland while pursuing her Master’s degree in 2010 searching of opportunities, in a city that was already showing signs of being revitalized in several industries. On her way to a job interview a homeless veteran approached her and asked for spare change. Shareef was glad to help, and she did; however helping to her meant gaining insight into how he ended up on the streets? She asked the man, Sir, I will give you some spare change if you tell me how you ended up in this situation?” He responded, “Lady you really don’t have the time or patience to hear my story” Ms. Shareef replied, “Sir, I will make the time to hear your story”; this especially after he shared with her he was a veteran having completed four tours in the Middle East.

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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 3:28 PM, 10.08.2017

CNVDC connects Collinwood: Keys to Housing Resource Fair Recap

Collinwood & Nottingham Villages Development Corp in partnership with St. Clair Superior Development Corp organized the First Annual Keys to Housing Resource Fair on Saturday May 6, 2017 held in the gymnasium of St. Mary’s Church on Holmes Ave. The fair focused on providing local residents and community stakeholders with information for first-time homebuyers, existing homeowners, tenants, and landlords, and covered topics including homeownership, home repair, weatherization, financial literacy, foreclosure prevention and much more. 

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Volume 9, Issue 6, Posted 6:04 PM, 06.13.2017

Does Your House Meet Code Standards?

Spring is in full effect and that means it's time for many to consider improvement to their homes. As past of your home maintenance plans this year, Collinwood & Nottingham Villages Development Corporation encourages you to review your home and make sure it's not only beautiful but is also up to code.  The city routinely has inspectors in our area, so proactive maintenance is always best, and CNVDC is here to help.  Our code enforcement staff works closely with many City of Cleveland departments including: Building & Housing, Health, and the Housing Court. Together we focus on improving both the appearance and the longevity of the commercial, industrial, residential properties in the neighborhood.  Through street by street property surveying, code enforcer’s goals are to maintain neighborhood cleanliness and decrease blight and abandonment.  We can also help you understand building codes and what they mean for you and your home, and can connect you to resources that you may qualify for.  Review the adjacent image and ask yourself: Does my house meet code standards? If you want to know more or have any questions or concerns, please contact Mike Troha (216)383-9772 ext: 205 or Dave Dawson (216)383-9772 ext: 207.

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Volume 9, Issue 6, Posted 6:04 PM, 06.13.2017

Young Leaders Clothes,Toy & shoe drive

We would like to thank all the participants in our April 30,2017 Clothing drive, because of you we were able to help the community as well as raise money for our organization . We would like to acknowledge everyone who helped us pull this fundraiser/clothing drive off . This includes Seivers Security ,Larrys Auto Clinic , New Bridge Academy, Legacy J Investments ,Private Entertainment House & ,Always Beautiful Hair Salon . We would also like to give a special thanks to individual donors Connie White, Melvin White,Melvin Drayton ,Sharee Willis , Toni Mcmath, linda Mcmath ,Jervaughn Ferguson, Ranee Fergunson ,Wykeily Philpotts , Donald Boyd Candidate for Ward 8 , Tallis ,Sarifina,Anthony Howard,Samantha Walton ,Council Woman Taneika Hill ,Ms Denise , Arthur Kemp, Adrianna Miller, Rolanda, Ms Shae and other residents of Collinwood & Euclid !!  It was nice to see our communities come together to accomplish a task . For more information on the Young Leaders Program go to www.Youngleadersprograms.org and or for volunteer or internship oppurtunities call Vice President Breauna Sweeney 216-622-5849

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Volume 9, Issue 5, Posted 4:02 PM, 05.07.2017

Housing Resources comes to Collinwood!

Ensure your spot today for the Keys to Housing Resource Fair! Informational workshop slots are filling up quickly. You don’t want to miss out! Organized by the Collinwood & Nottingham Villages Development Corporation in partnership with St Clair Superior Development Corporation, the Keys to Housing Resource Fair will feature information for first-time homebuyers, existing homeowners, tenants and landlords.

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Volume 9, Issue 4, Posted 5:26 PM, 04.11.2017

Keys to Housing Resource Fair Brings Various Housing Resources Together in Collinwood!

Are you a homeowner who’s ever faced a sudden home repair?  Are you looking to purchase a home but feel lost in the world of mortgages, interest rates, credit reports, appraised values / market values, and more? Are you renting your home and have concerns about your rights a tenant?  Do you just feel that there’s no help for housing issues like these?  If any of these questions apply to you then you cannot miss the 1st Annual Keys to Housing Resource Fair!

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Volume 9, Issue 3, Posted 3:59 PM, 03.09.2017

Investigating Holmes Avenue

While North Shore Collinwood is getting the media attention these days, the Collinwood-Nottingham Village neighborhood is also a community trying to reinvent itself.   According to Mary Louise Daley, this was the second most important industrial area in the city,  “Any company in Cleveland you can think of got started in Collinwood,”   Not only that, the Five Points area, the intersection of St. Clair and East 152nd St., was a major commercial area.  Like for many Cleveland neighborhoods, the past five decades have been a challenge but things are now looking up; as I discovered while recently driving down Holmes Avenue.

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Volume 8, Issue 4, Posted 6:27 PM, 04.06.2016

Suggestions for the Northeast Shores Development Corporation's "Ballot Box Project."

The Northeast Shores Development Corporation won a grant from ArtPlace America, in July 2015, to organize a “Ballot Box Project,” where Collinwood residents can decide how to spend $100,000 in funding to use art to make a better community.  Some areas to consider include: youth programs, neighborhood safety, health education, and senior programs.  Public meetings are being held the third Wednesday of the month October through February from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Collinwood Recreation Center, at 16300 Lakeshore Blvd. Voters will decide which projects to choose.

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Volume 7, Issue 11, Posted 11:41 AM, 11.25.2015

Spruce up time:2013 Paint Voucher Program

Collinwood & Nottingham Villages Development Corporation (CNVDC) is taking applications for the 2013 Cleveland Paint Voucher Program in the South Collinwood area only through August 2, 2013. Eligible applicants may receive vouchers for up to $400.00 in free paint and supplies. 

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Volume 5, Issue 4, Posted 2:38 PM, 05.08.2013

Fifth District Police Sunshine Fund

Usually at this time of year, concentration is placed on children, toys and food pantries, all of which are important at holiday time or any time of year for that matter.

This year, as in 2011, our cause is somewhat different. We will again be donating to the Fifth District Police Sunshine Fund. The Sunshine Fund is used by Police District 5 to sponsor community events such as ice cream socials, the annual Halloween party, family movie nights and many other community events. The fund is also used for purchasing flowers for the families of officers who have lost loved ones (parents). We have again requested that the donation be earmarked specifically for events in the Collinwood area. CNVDC will accept any and all donations for this cause between now and the end of the year, and as usual, we will match whatever the amount is donated to us.

We look forward to matching a huge amount, so we can contribute to this outstanding cause that the Fifth District Police have been utilizing for over 15 years now. Last year we were able to give the Fifth District Sunshine Fund over $1,400 and we are hoping to top that amount this year. It is just another way for the Police to reach out to the community and let them know that Police officers are real people and not to be feared when a criminal issue is not at stake.

Please forward any and all donations for the Sunshine Fund to CNVDC, 15614 St. Clair, Cleveland Ohio, 44110. We will let you know in the next newsletter the amount that was presented to the Sunshine Fund. HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL.

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Volume 4, Issue 11, Posted 9:40 AM, 12.18.2012

Paint vouchers are running out

2012 Paint Voucher Program

To Qualify:

  • Must be a low or moderate-income family (call for income guidelines).
  • The applicant may be the owner or tenant, however, he/she must reside in the South Collinwood house being painted. If the applicant is a tenant, he/she must get signed permission from the owner to participate in the program.
  • Must receive Lead Safe Work Practice instructions at the time of application.

To Apply:

  1. Get an application by calling CNVDC at 216-383-9772.
  2. Complete the application and submit ALL required documentation by August 1, 2012. Painting must be done within 30 days of application approval.
  3. Required documentation: proof of ownership, proof of income, etc. Call 216-383-9772 for details.
  4. $60 refundable cash deposit due upon admission to the program. The $60 will be refunded to you upon passing the final inspection of the paint job and clean-up.
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Volume 4, Issue 6, Posted 1:38 PM, 07.14.2012

Cleveland Energy $Saver Program

Cleveland homes are incredibly charming and, let’s face it, old and drafty. Qualified City of Cleveland homeowners can save up to $3,750* on home energy efficiency improvements through the Cleveland Energy Saver program brought to you by the City of Cleveland, Cleveland Housing Network, and CASH Cleveland.

Here’s how it works:

•For a limited time only, as a homeowner living in the City of Cleveland, you will not be charged the $50 for an energy assessment of your home.

•Within 5-7 business days following the assessment, you will receive an energy assessment report with efficiency recommendations and cost estimates. Suggested improvements might include attic insulation, furnace replacements, programmable thermostats, new windows and doors, and water-saving devices.

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Volume 4, Issue 6, Posted 1:50 PM, 07.14.2012

The Festival of St. Anthony

It is that time of year again to renew old acquaintances and make new ones also.

Holy Redeemer Church, 15712 Kipling Ave, Cleveland 44110, is having their yearly family festival in honor of St. Anthony, who is the Saint of lost causes and items.

The Tredicina (a novena to honor a Saint) starts on June 1, 2012 with a nightly mass at 7pm. Visiting Priests will be at various masses in order to pray to and honor St. Anthony. On Saturday, June 9, beginning after 4pm Mass, the festivities start on the Church grounds until 10 pm.

Sunday, June 10, there will be a 10:30 am Mass with Bishop Edward Pevec as the Celebrant and a procession of the Eucharist through the streets of the Collinwood area, followed by the Festival from 1-8pm.

There will be live entertainment both Saturday night as well as Sunday, along with homemade Italian foods, pizza and sausage, fried dough, tripe and other enticing foods. In addition to all of this, there are games of chance, gift baskets to be won and a $5,000 cash raffle to be won on Sunday night.

Come out and join with the neighborhood in this family event to celebrate the Feast of St.Anthony and have a fun-filled time right in your own back yard. If you need further information on the festival and/or you are interested in donating a basket to be raffled off or any other kind of donation, please contact the Church at 216.531.3313

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Volume 4, Issue 5, Posted 9:14 PM, 06.08.2012

Collect rain, Grow veggies, & save the planet! Summer Rain Barrel Program

Free Rain Barrel Program You know rainy weather is inevitable, so let’s put the rain to good use!  Cleveland’s Summer Rain Barrel Program provides a number of rain barrels to Cleveland residents FREE. Rain barrels collect rainwater for watering your flowers, veggies, and general landscaping. And the price of rain won’t increase by 82% over the next 5 years….

Who is eligible? All homeowners in the City of Cleveland. Rain barrels are distributed on a first come, first served basis.

What is required to participate in the program? Be a homeowner in the City of Cleveland. Complete required paperwork. Have a 2” X 3” rectangular downspout on your home or garage that is not visible from the street. Install the downspout diverter by the time the rain barrel is delivered. (You will be provided the downspout diverter)

 How do I sign up for a free rain barrel? We are waiting on details from the city, but call to be put on a waiting list:Contact Kathy Adams at 216-383-9772 or by e-mail at kfadamscnvdc@yahoo.com.

Kathy Adams is the project manager at Collinwood & Nottingham Villages Development Corp.

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Volume 4, Issue 4, Posted 5:31 PM, 05.03.2012

Looking for an opportunity?

South Collinwood may have one for you.

South Collinwood is a unique blend of industry,  as well as new and older homes that all sprung up from the Railroad yards back in the early 1900's. South Collinwood is proud to have one of the few "STEM" schools within CMSD located here at Hannah Gibbons Nottingham School (K-8). This is in addition to the 3 schools of Interior Fashion and  Design, Robotics, and Advanced Placement currently at Collinwood High School, as well as the acclaimed Ginn Academy (boys, K-12).

South Collinwood offers affordable housing in pleasant neighborhoods. Our historic concentration of manufacturing industries employing over 2000, sits in walking distance of RJ Taylor Park and the New Collinwood Community and Recreation Center.

We have several storefronts that we are getting ready to rent out. The sizes range from 1000 sq ft to 6500 sq feet.

We have several houses almost ready to rent out. Singles as well as some doubles.

We have several houses that we are going to be selling that do not need MAJOR renovations and might even be eligble for low interest rates.

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Volume 4, Issue 4, Posted 5:25 PM, 05.03.2012

Spruce up your house

2012 Paint Voucher Program

CNVDC is taking applications for the 2012 Paint Voucher Program through August 1. Eligible South Collinwood applicants could receive vouchers for up to $400. in free paint and supplies. You will be responsible for the labor to paint your home, once approved.

To Qualify: Must be a low or moderate-income family (call for income guidelines). May be owner or tenant, he/she must reside in the house being painted. If applicant is a tenant, he/she must get signed permission from the owner to participate in the program. Must receive Lead Safe Work Practice instructions at the time of application.

 To Apply: Get an application by calling CNVDC at 216-383-9772.

  1. Complete the application and submit ALL required documentation by August 1, 2012. Painting must be done within 30 days of application approval.
  2. Required documentation: proof of ownership, proof of income, etc. Call 216-383-9772 for details.
  3. $60 refundable cash deposit due upon admission to the program. The $60 will be refunded to you upon passing the final inspection of the paint job and clean-up.

Your house must be in good repair to qualify for the paint program. If you have other housing repair needs, call CNVDC or go online at www.cnvdc.org for information on other housing assistance programs available to Cleveland homeowners.

Vouchers and funds are limited. Please call as soon as possible to verify all restrictions for the program and to be put on the waiting list.

 Yolanda Anderson is the Executive Director, Collinwood & Nottingham Villages Development Corporation.

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Volume 4, Issue 4, Posted 12:49 PM, 04.03.2012

Code enforcement partnership

Last year, because of the rising number of Building and Housing Code violations in the City of Cleveland, the City Council voted on a co-operation of the Building and Housing (B&H) department and all Community Development Corporations (CDCs) within the city. The CDC's are to go out and inspect the outside of homes within a specified area. The owner will be contacted regarding violations observed by the code enforcement officer for the ward and given 30 days to correct them. If they are not corrected within the 30 days, and the CDC is not informed as to progress/intent by the owner, the house is turned into B&H for a formal inspection, ticketing, and a potential housing court appearance.

Letters have gone out to homeowners that have been inspected, telling them what violations need to be corrected. We've been getting a lot of response from homeowners looking for assistance and acknowledging problems existing on their properties.

Getting things done before there is a legal battle is why City Council voted for this partnership. It will take a while to see dramatic changes, but this is a good start. Ward 11 has always had a solid residential base, this partnership is only going to make it better.

For more info and to find out when your street is slated for inspection, contact CNVDC 383.9772 or Northeast Shores 481.7660

Mike Troha is the Code Enforcement Officer for Ward 11.

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Volume 4, Issue 3, Posted 1:38 PM, 04.03.2012

Renovations Gone Wild

RENOVATIONS GONE WILD

The Collinwood and Nottingham Villages Development Corporation (CNVDC) has for a long time been known for the quality renovations that we have done to a large amount of homes in the South Collinwood area. The summer heat is not slowing us down. At present  we are working on 6 houses that will either be rented out or sold. This is in addition to 6 apartments and 2 storefronts that will also be available shortly.

If you would like more information on the houses that are being renovated and sold and/or rented out, please call us for more information and property addresses. 216.383.9772

CODE ENFORCEMENT PARTNERSHIP MOVING AS EXPECTED

In last month's Observer, there was a recap of the City of Cleveland's Code Enforcement partnership that is taking place Citywide. Because of the rising number of Building and Housing Code violations within the City of Cleveland,  Cleveland City Council last year voted on a co-operation of the Building and Housing (B&H) department and all the Community Development Corporations (CDC) within the City. The CDC's are to go out and visually inspect the outside of homes within a specified area (concentrated inspection area/CIA), one at a time. The owner is then to be contacted regarding any and all violations observed by the code enforcement officer for the ward. The owner is to be given 30 days to correct whatever violations or potential violations were observed. If the violations are not corrected within the 30 day time period, and the CDC is not informed as to progress/intent by the property owner,  the house is then turned into B&H for a formal inspection, ticketing and potential housing court appearance.

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Volume 3, Issue 6, Posted 4:07 PM, 08.08.2011

Summer Paint Program

2011 Paint Voucher Program

Collinwood & Nottingham Villages Development Corporation (CNVDC) is taking applications for the 2011 Cleveland Paint Voucher Program through  August 21, 2011.  Eligible applicants may receive vouchers for up to $400.00 in free paint and supplies. 

To Qualify:

  • Must be a low or moderate-income family (call for income guidelines).
  • The applicant may be the owner or tenant, however, he/she must reside in the South Collinwood house being painted.  If the applicant is a tenant, he/she must get signed permission from the owner to participate in the program.
  • Must receive Lead Safe Work Practice instructions at the time of application.

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Volume 3, Issue 6, Posted 4:07 PM, 08.08.2011

Summer Rain Barrels

 Collect Rain, Grow Veggies, & Save the Planet!

Free Rain Barrels Available!

Tired of all the rain?  Let’s put it to good use!  Cleveland’s Summer Rain Barrel Program provides a limited number of rain barrels to Cleveland residents FREE of charge. 

Rain barrels collect rain water that can be used to water your flowers, veggies, and general landscaping.  And, the price of rain won’t increase by 82% over the next 5 years….

 

Who is eligible?

All homeowners in the City of Cleveland!  However, there are a limited number of rain barrels that are distributed on a first come, first served basis.

 

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Volume 3, Issue 6, Posted 4:07 PM, 08.08.2011

Development Manager

Collinwood and Nottingham Villages Development Corporation (CNVDC) serves the South Collinwood area within Ward 11. CNVDC is looking for a personable self motivated individual to manage its real estate development activities. Individual must be able to assess available properties for their ability to be redeveloped according to agency’s standards and also their impact on the surrounding neighborhood. Position requires the ability to evaluate whether or not a property should be acquired and what approximate redevelopment costs should be. Candidate must also be able to work out details with contractors when/if issues arise. Position also requires a knowledge of the building and housing department as well as municipal housing court for potential and/or existing violations on properties. The usual computer skills are a must , as well as the ability to multi task and work without constant supervision. Position also includes screening potential tenants for commercial and residential properties as well as managing leases for houses and/or apartments and oversee general maintenance as necessary. Other duties to be assigned as needed. Position is part time position to start. No calls please. Salary requirements and resumes only to: CNVDC 15614 St.Clair Ave., Cleve 44110 cnvdc@yahoo.com

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Volume 3, Issue 6, Posted 4:07 PM, 08.08.2011

Summer Safety Tips

Summer should be about fun and the sun. Unfortunately, summer can also mean an increase in crime. Below are a few steps you can take to help prevent burglaries and keep your neighborhood safe:

  • Close and lock all first floor windows before you leave your home and/or go to bed. (Close ALL windows before you leave.)
  • Don’t leave your housekeys under the doormat, in an unlocked garage, etc. Doing so can invite unwanted guests.
  • Don’t leave garbage cans and ladders under windows (this helps burglars climb into windows!) Also, always store your ladder/s in a secured location such as a locked garage.
  • If you purchase a big ticket item like a big screen TV or computer, tear the box into pieces and put it in a garbage bag for garbage day. Putting an intact box on your tree lawn can let ne’er-do-wells know you have something worth stealing…
  • Don’t put that new big screen TV right in front of your picture window (or put up curtains). Again, you don’t want to advertise that you have nice things that a crook might want!
  • Turn on exterior lights at night. Lighting can deter burglars.
  • Look out for your neighbors. If you see something that does not “look or feel right”, call the Police at 216-621-1234. 

For information on joining or creating a blockwatch or to schedule a free home safety audit, call Greg Pollard at 216-383-9772 or e-mail him at gp@cnvdc.org. Greg is the Safety Coordinator for Ward 11.

Jayme Lucas is the Development Manager at Collinwood & Nottingham Villages Development Corporation.

 

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Volume 3, Issue 5, Posted 4:54 PM, 07.09.2011

Cleveland's New Code Enforcement Partnership

What is the New Plan?

The City of Cleveland is launching a new partnership between community groups and City Building & Housing inspectors in an effort to improve Housing Code Enforcement throughout the City.  For Ward 11, the community groups are Collinwood & Nottingham Villages Development Corporation and Northeast Shores Development Corporation.

The Ward 11 code enforcement officer work with community groups to identify minor problems and get them fixed. If owners don't comply, cases will be referred to the City Department of Building and Housing for City inspector follow-up.  Cases could end up in Housing Court if the property is not brought to compliance.

What does the City hope to accomplish?   City Officials hope the new plan brings more accountability from homeowners, the City Department of Building and Housing, and community organizations.  The City and community groups also hope that the new partnership will result in better housing conditions and more stable neighborhoods.

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Volume 3, Issue 5, Posted 4:54 PM, 07.09.2011

Don't get scammed this spring!

Greg Pollard, Ward 11 Safety Liaison, has been receiving complaints about scams recently. Below are a few that we wanted to bring to your attention:

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Volume 3, Issue 2, Posted 11:10 AM, 04.04.2011

Senior Transportation Services for Ward 11

The Senior Transportation Connection will provide one round trip or two one-way trips per week to Ward 11 seniors starting March 1, 2011. Riders must be 60 years of age or older, and have limited options for transportation services.

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Volume 3, Issue 2, Posted 11:10 AM, 04.04.2011

Fannie Mae foreclosure help: Stay in your home, Sell your home, Beware of Foreclosure scams

Fannie Mae foreclosure help:  www.KnowYourOptions.com

Fannie Mae recently launched a website with comprehensive information about options available to homeowners who are at risk of (or in) foreclosure. 

Options for those who want to stay in their homes: Some options for those who want to stay in their homes include forbearance agreements, repayment plans, loan modifications, and Fannie Mae’s “deed for lease” program.

Options for those ready to leave their homes: Options for those who want to leave their homes include short sale, a deed in lieu of foreclosure, etc. 

Personalized Assistance: If you are behind on your mortgage and need assistance, you can call the Homeowner’s Hope Hotline at 1-888-995-HOPE or United Way’s 2-1-1 to contact a certified housing counselor. They can help you figure out which options are available and best suit your needs.

www.knowyouroptions.com also has a wealth of information.

Beware Of Foreclosure Scams — Help Is Free! Scam artists are stealing millions of dollars from distressed homeowners by promising immediate relief from foreclosure, or demanding cash for counseling services when HUD-approved counseling agencies provide the same services for FREE.

If you receive an offer, information or advice that sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Don't let them take advantage of you, your situation, your house or your money.

You can report the possible scam by calling 1-888-995-HOPE.

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Volume 3, Issue 1, Posted 12:52 PM, 03.08.2011

2011 Paint Program

2011 Paint Voucher Program kicking off in April

To Qualify:

  • Must be a low or moderate-income family (call for income guidelines).
  • The applicant may be the owner or tenant, however, he/she must reside in the South Collinwood house being painted. If the applicant is a tenant, he/she must get signed permission from the owner to participate in the program.
  • Must receive Lead Safe Work Practice instructions at the time of application.

To Apply:

  1.  Get an application by calling CNVDC at 216-383-9772.
  2. Complete the application and submit ALL required documentation by August 1, 2011. Painting must be done within 30 days of application approval.
  3. Required documentation: proof of ownership, proof of income, etc. Call 216-383-9772 for details.
  4. $60 refundable deposit due upon admission to the program. The $60 will be refunded to you upon passing the final inspection of the paint job and clean-up by a City of Cleveland Lead Assessor.

Please note that assistance covers paint and supplies only. You will be responsible for the labor involved to paint your home, once approved.

Your house must be in good repair to qualify for the paint program. If you have other housing repair needs, call CNVDC or go online at www.cnvdc.org for information on other housing assistance programs available to Cleveland homeowners.

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Volume 3, Issue 1, Posted 12:55 PM, 03.08.2011

Lend a hand (or a can) for the holidays!

With the holiday season almost upon us, now more than ever there is a need for food assistance for those in our own neighborhood.

Why give? Hunger is increasing in Ohio! Here are few facts to consider:

  • In 2008, 49.1 million (16.4%) Americans lived in food insecure households compared to 36.2 million (12.2%) in 2007.
  • 1 in 6 Americans does not have access to enough food.
  • 74% of food pantries in Ohio reported an increase since 2006 in the number of clients who request emergency food assistance.

Source: feedingamerica.org

Cash donations are needed more than anything. The food pantries in the area purchase what they distribute from the Cleveland Food Bank. The Cleveland Food Bank purchases in bulk quantities, allowing dollars that you donate to go further. For example, food pantries can purchase a case of tuna for the same price we could buy 10 or so cans from the grocery store. Typically, $1 will feed a family of four one meal and a donation of $8 can provide a family a complete holiday dinner or enough food for a week!

The “Super Six” most distributed food items are:
• Beef Stew
• Canned Soup
• Canned Vegetables
• Cereal
• Peanut Butter
• Tuna Fish

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Volume 2, Issue 11, Posted 2:14 PM, 11.11.2010