Collinwood/nottingham Village Dev Corp

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

Winter safety tips

Take the time now to get your home ready for the winter season by following these tips:

  1. Have your heating system checked by a professional annually. This will ensure that your system is working safely and efficiently which, in turn, will save you money. If you heat by wood, clean your fireplace or stove. Have your chimney flue checked for any buildup of creosote and then cleaned to lessen the risk of fire.
  2. Change your furnace filter monthly during the winter season.
  3. Caulk and weather-strip doors and windowsills to keep cold air out.
  4. Inspect and flush your water heater.
  5. Clean gutters. Leaves and other debris will hamper drainage.
  6. Replace batteries of smoke, heat and carbon monoxide detectors when the time changes (twice a year).
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Volume 2, Issue 11, Posted 2:14 PM, 11.11.2010

Programs to help with Winter heating bills

Winter Crisis Program (Emergency Energy Assistance Program)

The Winter Crisis Program provides assistance once per heating season to eligible low-income households that are disconnected or threatened with disconnection. 

Home Weatherization Assistance Program (HWAP)

Ohio's Home Weatherization Assistance Program (HWAP) is a federally-funded low-income residential energy efficiency program. Services include attic, wall and basement insulation; air sealing; heating system repairs or replacements; and health and safety testing and inspections.

Income Eligibility (for both programs)

The total household income of an applicant must be at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty guidelines.

# of persons in household     Max Income

1                                         $21,600

2                                         $29,140

3                                         $36,620

4                                         $44,100

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

Fall Safety & Homeowner Tips

Helpful Fall Tips

  1. As you know it is getting dark out earlier and earlier. This makes it even more important to have working street lights.  Please notify Cleveland Public Power of nonworking street lights by calling 216-621-lite (621-5483).
  2. Let’s get the chuck holes in South Collinwood taken care of before winter.  Report chuck holes to the City of Cleveland at 216-664-2150.
  3. Be sure to clear leaves from storm drains and manhole covers.  Leaves can clog storm drains causing storm water to flood streets and basements.
  4. “Nosy” neighbors help create good neighborhoods. 
  • Look out for your neighbors.  If you see something that does not “look or feel right”, call the Police at 216-621-1234. 
  • If you notice that a home has been recently vacated, please notify Mike Troha at 216-383-9772.
  • If you see any unusual activity at a vacant home, call the Police then let Mike Troha know (216-383-9772).

Get involved! 

  • The Collinwood Homeowners & Tenants Association meets on the first Wednesday of each month at 7:00 PM at St. Mary’s cafeteria. They welcome all Collinwood residents to attend.
  • For information on joining or creating a block watch 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.
  • Nottingham Civic Club meets the third Tuesday of every month. 7 p.m., Nottingham United Methodist Church, 18316 St. Clair Ave.
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Volume 2, Issue 10, Posted 5:00 AM, 10.01.2010

South Collinwood Business “Meet & Greet”

The Collinwood & Nottingham Villages Development Corporation (CNVDC) is inviting South Collinwood businesses to a meet and greet networking event. 

Why South Collinwood businesses should attend:

  • Networking meetings can raise your profile as you will meet a diverse range of business professionals who are committed to helping each business thrive and flourish.
  • The sharing of experiences stimulates the creative process and helps to generate new ideas and new opportunities which will keep you up to date and informed on the latest viewpoints in the business world.
  • Networking will enable you to build business relationships with people from a wide range of professions thus further enhancing your own pool of resources.

Ginn Academy upperclassmen are also invited so they can see firsthand what types of jobs may be available after graduation, as well as future entrepreneurial opportunities in South Collinwood.

The event will be held at Ginn Academy (655 E 162nd) on Wednesday, November 10 at 5:00 PM.  There is off street parking behind the school.

We encourage all South Collinwood businesses to attend.  Please RSVP by calling Yolanda Anderson at 216-383-9772.

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Volume 2, Issue 10, Posted 5:00 AM, 10.01.2010

Get smoke detectors installed in your home for free!

Do you need to have smoke detectors and/or batteries installed in your home? There is a program available to help. 

Facts & Figures:

  • Almost two-thirds of home fire deaths result from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.
  • Roughly one of every five smoke alarm failures was due to dead batteries.
  • In the U.S., a civilian dies from fire every 156 minutes.

How to make sure your smoke detector works properly:

  1. Test your smoke detector once a month.
  2. Press the test button on your detector and check that the device beeps or rings loudly.
  3. Use a broom handle or pool cue to test hard to reach smoke detectors.
  4. Avoid lighting candles under the detector to see if the alarm goes off. Repeated use of smoke to activate detectors can cause them to fail when a real fire occurs.

Source:  National Fire Protection Association (http://www.nfpa.org)

How to get free smoke detectors and batteries installed in your home:

The Vanguards of Cleveland (local chapter of the International Association of Black Professional Firefighters) are offering to install smoke detectors and/or batteries free of charge on a first come, first served basis. The program is available to all owner occupants and renters. Seniors and disabled persons are especially encouraged to apply!

To have smoke detectors/batteries installed in your home, call the Ward 11 Safety Coordinator Greg Pollard at 216-383-9772. He will assist you with completing the application and forward it to the Vanguards of Cleveland.

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Volume 2, Issue 10, Posted 5:00 AM, 10.01.2010

Fall: A Time for Beautiful Leaves, Crisp Morning Air, & Cleaning Your Gutters!

Unclogging and cleaning gutters

Gutters reroute the flow of water in and around one’s home, but can easily become clogged by leaves and debris flowing along with the rushing rainwater. To combat this it is essential to regularly unclog one’s gutters before and after a heavy rain so that water can flow freely without obstruction. Bring a rake and a green bin, because it can get messy.

 Cleaning gutters so that they don’t freeze

Cleaning gutters is also essential to protecting the longevity of the gutters as well as preserving their use. In colder areas gutters might crack when backed-up water freezes in the recesses of the gutters, aggravating the problems with one’s gutters.  In addition, when gutters don’t work properly, water can be inadvertently directed to your home’s foundation, causing costly damage to your basement and foundation.

 

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Volume 2, Issue 9, Posted 4:02 PM, 09.03.2010

Help for Seniors: Fall Chores

Cleveland Gutter Assistance Program for Seniors (CGAPS)

This short-term program assists limited-income Seniors with gutter cleaning. Interested parties may submit an application with supporting documents. To get an application, as well as assistance completing the application, call the Collinwood & Nottingham Villages Development Corporation at 216-383-9772.

Leaf  Raking Program

Over 3000 Greater Cleveland Boy Scouts and Leaders rake leaves annually for 1000+ Cleveland seniors through the Yard Charge Program. This collaborative effort is coordinated by the Departments of Aging, Public Service and City Planning.   Completed applications are due to the City of Cleveland on September 8, 2010.  For more information and/or to request an application, call Collinwood & Nottingham Villages Development Corporation at 216-383-9772.

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Volume 2, Issue 9, Posted 4:02 PM, 09.03.2010

CNVDC has free drug cards

 Do you live in South Collinwood and need $$$ help with your prescriptions?  We have 50 FREE drug cards that we can distribute to our residents. 

The drug card will give you an average savings of 55% on generic drugs and 15% on brand name drugs. There are no waiting periods, no pre-existing exclusions, and everyone qualifies for the discount.

Please call Kathy at 216-383-9772 or e-mail kfa@cnvdc.org for more information. CNVDC will distribute the cards on a first come, first serve basis so don’t delay if this card could help you.

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Volume 2, Issue 8, Posted 3:38 PM, 07.20.2010

Help for seniors

Summer Heat Information: If you need tips and help with beating the summer heat, call the Cleveland Dept. of Aging at 216-664-2833.

Summer Crisis Program: A special component of HEAP, the Summer Crisis Program, provides summer cooling assistance for low-income elderly households and for Ohioans with qualifying medical conditions. The program applies to electric utilities only.

What are the benefits? One-time payment assistance of up to $175 to be put towards: • Electric bill payment, • Air conditioning unit, or • Fan.

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Volume 2, Issue 8, Posted 2:41 PM, 07.20.2010

Let's prevent burglaries this summer

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.

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Volume 2, Issue 8, Posted 10:05 AM, 07.20.2010

CNVDC can help connect businesses, people, and properties

Collinwood & Nottingham Villages Development Corporation (CNVDC) launched its new website this spring and we continue to add features to make it more robust and user-friendly.

We now list residential and commercial properties available for rent and will provide one-on-one assistance to business owners who want to start or grow a business in the South Collinwood/Nottingham Villages area.

Check out www.cnvdc.org. Commercial properties are listed under “Business Opportunities” and residential properties are listed under “Housing Opportunities”. 

For personalized business assistance, call Yolanda at 216-383-9772 or e-mail her at yra@cnvdc.org.  For help finding the perfect CNVDC owned rental home call Jayme at 216-383-9772 or e-mail her at jll@cnvdc.org.

We also welcome your suggestions for our website.

 

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Volume 2, Issue 8, Posted 12:43 PM, 07.15.2010

PNC Bank teams with CNVDC to make an abandoned building viable again

National City Bank (NCB) has always prided itself on being "your neighborhood bank". They have been a pillar of South Collinwood for longer than I care to remember, located at 979 East 152nd. They have stood as a neighborhood institution at the Five Points Intersection serving residents of Collinwood and offering banking services to more people than we can count over the years. When we heard the rumors about another bank coming in to purchase NCB, the neighborhood thought we were going to lose yet another staunch supporter. This has not proven to be the case. Now that they are a part of PNC, the previous NCB commitment will only grow stronger with increased support for valuable programs, from neighborhood causes to schools and business associations.
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Volume 2, Issue 6, Posted 10:47 AM, 06.03.2010

Apply for the 2010 Paint Voucher Program!

Collinwood & Nottingham Villages Development Corporation (CNVDC) is currently taking applications for the 2010 Cleveland Paint Voucher Program.  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 (see income guidelines below). 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 attend a Lead Safe Work Practice Class.

2010 Income Guidelines: Family Size of 1:36,300 2: $41,500 3: $46,650 4: $51,850 5: $56,000 6: $60,150 7:$64,300 8: $68,450.           

To Apply: 1. Get an application by calling CNVDC at 216-383-9772 or online at www.cnvdc.org. 2. Complete the application and submit ALL required documentation by August 1, 2010. 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 by a City of Cleveland Lead Assessor. Please note that assistance covers paint and supplies only. You will be responsible for painting 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 2, Issue 6, Posted 3:35 PM, 05.25.2010

Collinwood has a new Community Organizer & Safety Coordinator

As a former Police Officer of 34 years, Greg Pollard is utilizing his prior experience to track crime, as well as work with the community to prevent future crime in Collinwood. Greg has been a friend of the Ward 11 community for a long time.  He graduated from Collinwood High School and lives in the Collinwood community with his family. During his tenure with the Cleveland Police Department, Greg worked in the Ward 11 Police Mini Station and has worked with City Council Members on a wide variety of safety related issues. Greg looks forward to serving Ward 11 in this new capacity. 

How this new program can help you:You can get free safety audits of your home or business!·You can get help/advice on starting or reviving a block watch club.· Your block club can schedule presentations on a variety of topics related to neighborhood safety/quality of life/public participation.

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Volume 2, Issue 6, Posted 1:22 PM, 06.03.2010

Check out www.cnvdc.org for South Collinwood News!

Check out www.cnvdc.org for info and news about South Collinwood! The Collinwood & Nottingham Villages Development Corporation (CNVDC) has a new website!  The site, www.cnvdc.org, was launched last month and features newly rehabbed homes for sale, assistance for home repair projects, and more. We hope you will check out www.cnvdc.org and let us know what you think.  As with everything, the website is a work in progress and your thoughts/input would be very much appreciated.

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Volume 2, Issue 5, Posted 10:58 AM, 05.06.2010

Emergency housing help for seniors

Emergency Housing Help for Seniors:The Collinwood & Nottingham Villages Development Corporation (CNVDC) wanted to let everyone know about two new programs available to help seniors who live in Cleveland. Cuyahoga County Senior Guest House Ohio’s first Senior Guest House is one of a dozen sites of its kind in the United States.  It is designed as a temporary safe residence for older persons 60+ who must leave their home or apartment due to circumstances such as fire, structural damage, and eviction or strained family relationships. The Senior Guest House can accommodate up to eight residents at one time. Guests must live in Cuyahoga County and must be able to manage the activities of daily living without assistance. For admission criteria and referrals to the Senior Guest House contact Fairhill Partners at 216-421-1350 or 216-496-5604. The Senior Guest House is a demonstration and collaborative effort between Fairhill Partners, Cuyahoga County Department of Senior & Adult Services and the City of Cleveland Department of Aging. You can also call CNVDC at 216-383-9772 for more information.

Homeless Prevention Program for Cleveland Seniors: This federally-funded program, administered through the City of Cleveland, Department of Aging, is to provide homelessness prevention assistance to households who would otherwise become homeless without it. The City of Cleveland has a commitment to assisting Cleveland Seniors who are at risk of becoming homeless.  The Homelessness Prevention Program consists of :

  • Assessing your current situation to determine your level of need
  • Providing case management to help coordinate needed services
  • Working with Seniors to achieve a sustainable living arrangement
  • Request limited financial assistance if program requirements are met
For an assessment and/or more information, contact Susan at the City of Cleveland, Department of Aging at 216-420-7673.  This program is funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) and administered through HUD's Homelessness Prevention and Rapid ReHousing Program (HPRP).  You can also call CNVDC at 216-383-9772 for more information.

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Volume 2, Issue 5, Posted 10:58 AM, 05.06.2010

Neighborhood Connections: It's all about the relationships

Take a class and green up your winter!

OSU Extension-Cuyahoga County is now enrolling residents interested in learning the skills to grow food, build communities, and engage in the local food movement with two training programs in winter 2010.

 

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Volume 1, Issue 6, Posted 10:02 AM, 12.10.2009