On Friday, June 30th, the Cuyahoga Land Bank officially transferred land to the Northeast Ohio VA Healthcare System for the construction of the Greater Cleveland Fisher House, bringing care and support for veterans and their families one step closer to becoming a reality.
City of Cleveland and Cuyahoga County elected officials, including Mayor Frank Jackson, City Councilman Anthony Brancatelli and 28-year Veteran and County Councilman Jack Schron, who not only is a long time Fisher House supporter but also the early driving force for the Cleveland Fisher House project in the County Council, all joined the Cuyahoga Land Bank, VA Hospital, Famicos Foundation and Fisher House leadership for a moving ceremony on the grounds of the future Cleveland Fisher Home site – once a series of vacant and abandoned properties. The Cuyahoga Land Bank worked to acquire the necessary parcels of land adjacent to the grounds of the Louis Stokes VA Medical Center in University Circle to make the project a reality.
Raising more than $3 million over the past four years will enable the Fisher House Foundation to build not one, but two houses, to host over 30 families while their loved ones receive care at the VA hospital. Groundbreaking is expected to take place in fall of 2017.