NEON Collaboration Provides Housing for Veterans and their Families

A crowd of residents, local elected officials and community partners were welcomed last month to the launch of the Northeast Ohio Neighborhood Health Services (NEON) Veterans Housing Project by brightly colored green and blue balloons, garnishing project boards and a waving American flag.Land Bank Staff
NEON and the Cuyahoga Land Bank collaborated to launch the initiative to renovate ten residential units to provide permanent affordable housing for veterans.
The units are part of a row house and a four unit apartment building across the street from NEON’s Collinwood Health Center, off St. Clair Avenue and East 152nd Street.  This location allows for easy access to the health services that NEON will provide to future residents of the housing complex.
“Our veterans and their families deserve to live in a safe, supportive and healthy environment,” said Willie F. Austin, NEON’s President and CEO. “This project provides a holistic approach to housing. More than just a place to live, we will provide our residents with easy access to support and health services to improve their lives.”Land Bank Staff
The Cuyahoga Land Bank helped NEON acquire the properties that were vacant and abandoned for their development entity, Community Integrated Services which will renovate and manage the properties at a cost of more than five hundred thousand dollars.  The Cuyahoga Land Bank also invested fifty thousand dollars and is an equity partner in the project.  All of the homes will include green amenities, such as energy efficient furnaces, energy-saving double-pane windows and insulated doors.
“The men and women who serve our Country have made many sacrifices,” said Cuyahoga Land Bank President and General Counsel, Gus Frangos. “Providing veterans with affordable housing and support through programs like this is just one way of saying thank you.”

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