Partner Feature: Cuyahoga County Council

Cuyahoga County Council maintains an important partnership with the Cuyahoga Land Bank.
Currently, County Council Member Pernel Jones, Jr. (District – 8) serves as the Vice Chair and the County Council RepresentativeCounty Councile on the Board of Directors for the Cuyahoga Land Bank, a position previously held by County Council Member Dan Brady (District – 3).
“As the County Council Member who serves on the Cuyahoga Land Bank Board, I am proud of the work to reduce blight throughout the County, make vacant productive, and increase neighborhood green space,” said Councilman Jones. “The Land Bank is a win-win for everyone.  They have been able to get families into their first homes, increase property values throughout the County and improve the overall quality of life for County residents.”
Dedicated to stabilizing and strengthening the County’s housing market, the Council has provided strong support through championing the Land Bank’s efforts, providing guidance and Board leadership.
Most recently, County Council Members Jones, Sunny Simon (District – 11) and David Greenspan (District – 1) joined the Cuyahoga Land Bank to announce the launch of the HomeFront Veteran’s Program which offers a discount of up to 20% off the purchase price to Veterans interested in purchasing either a move-in ready or a to-be-renovated home from the Cuyahoga Land Bank.  This discount is possible thanks to a $100,000 grant from the Cuyahoga County Council, which the Cuyahoga Land Bank matched with another $200,000.
“Council is proud to have contributed to this program,” said County Council Member Greenspan.
“This collaboration also promotes the Cuyahoga Land Bank’s efforts to bring vacant and abandoned properties in Cuyahoga County back to productive use,” said Cuyahoga Land Bank President Gus Frangos.
“The Cuyahoga Land Bank does more than just help stabilize the housing market within the County, it helps individuals and families reconnect with the American dream of home ownership and helps clean up the vacant and abandoned foreclosed houses that some neighborhoods struggle with on a daily basis,” said County Council Member Simon.
As one of the lead sponsors to provide funding for the HomeFront Veteran’s Program, Simon also added “It’s important that we not only provide veterans with well-deserved homes through the Homefront Program, but to show our appreciation for them in a tangible way…a home!”

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