An important aspect of the Cuyahoga Land Bank’s mission is to support community goals and improve the quality of life for county residents. In 2015, the Cuyahoga Land Bank has actively worked to advance this mission. Two major initiatives involved our continued efforts to inform the community of our home ownership programs: BRAIN Program for college students or recent graduates, HomeFront Veterans Program and numerous non-profit housing initiatives. In 2015, we saw the grand opening of a second New Horizon’s home spearheaded by area churches and the City Mission and the first Veteran Affordable Housing Property in partnership with Lutheran Metropolitan Ministries. The Cuyahoga Land Bank worked hand in hand with Women of Hope to renovate Arya’s House, for homeless female veterans, through a collaboration with the Woodrow Project. The Cuyahoga Land Bank recently partnered on a contract with ADAMHS Board to renovate and establish a Level One Recovery House for women in recovery from alcohol and drug addiction. Another success included the acquisition and renovation of ten affordable housing units for veterans that launched in the Collinwood Neighborhood in partnership with NEON Health Services. Moving into 2016, the Cuyahoga Land Bank’s team looks forward to the completion of several collaborative projects currently underway and to work with existing and new partners to improve the lives of county residents and return vacant properties to productive use. If your organization would like to engage the Cuyahoga Land Bank regarding a potential collaboration, please contact us.