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New Home Dedication

The Cuyahoga Land Bank took part in a dedication and prayer service welcoming a mother and her two sons to their New Horizons home in Cleveland Heights in late December. The New Horizons Housing Collaborative, a program of The City Read more ›

Cuyahoga Land Bank Receives Auditor of State Award

For the 9th year in a row, the Cuyahoga Land Bank has received a perfect audit from the Ohio State Auditor’s Office. The five-week annual audit is required of all county land banks. It examines all of the operations of the Cuyahoga Land Bank, its financial systems, its accounting procedures and outcomes as well as all of its personnel and financial obligations. Read more ›

Tax Foreclosure 101

By Terri Kevany

The impact of tax foreclosures and forfeitures in Cuyahoga County is far reaching. Tax foreclosures impact homeowners and the overall economic health of our region. The Cuyahoga Land Bank recently participated in an informational workshop convened by Cuyahoga County officials for all County administrative offices, Community Development Corporations (CDCs), and municipalities to better understand the tax foreclosure and forfeiture processes, and how strategic land dispositions can be encouraged through interrelationships between the entities involved. Read more ›

Senator Rob Portman Visits Women in Recovery

By Alyssa Platek
At the Cuyahoga Land Bank, we are particularly proud of our partnerships that help make a real difference in the communities we serve. One such collaboration is our work with The Woodrow Project, an organization dedicated to providing a safe, stable and supportive environment for women in recovery. Through the Woodrow Project, women in recovery are able to return to healthy and productive lifestyles, and access needed referrals for outpatient treatment, employment and mental health services. Read more ›

Smart Thinking Workshop

In April, the Cuyahoga Land Bank hosted its Smart Thinking workshop at Cleveland State University. The workshop highlighted the BRAIN Program and educated students on the benefits of home ownership. Neighborhood Housing Services participated in the workshop and provided students with information on Read more ›

Greater Cleveland Caucus

The Cleveland Foundation hosted the Greater Cleveland Caucus in March to discuss key issues impacting our region, brainstorm community priorities, and connect with organizations working to address community challenges. The Cuyahoga Land Bank joined the conference and participated to help Read more ›

Welcome to Westown

It’s not hard to attract new residents to Cleveland’s Westown neighborhood. Westown Community Development Corporation (WCDC) Executive Director, Rose Zitiello, confirms that “a tour usually convinces potential residents that the Westown neighborhood is a vibrant, historic and culturally diverse neighborhood Read more ›

LakewoodAlive Vacant lot Reuse

Lakewood Alive purchased this vacant lot from the Cuyahoga Land Bank and is happy to announce that the lot will be the future site of a house! Lakewood Alive is a non-profit community development organization that promotes economic development and Read more ›

Six Thousand Acquisitions

In January 2016, the Cuyahoga Land Bank reached another mile stone by transacting its six thousandth property. Currently in its sixth year of business, they continue to make strides to improve communities throughout the County by addressing and improving vacant Read more ›

A Lofty Idea

Kevin Malone Sr. worked as a construction contractor all of his life.  Working with his hands, he raised his family and sent them to college.  Kevin’s two sons, Kevin and Colin both graduated from college and entered the work force; Read more ›

Production Numbers 2015

Production Type  2015 Count Total Total Property Acquisitions 1170 5942 Total Properties Sold 221 1120 Total Disposed Properties 702 4176 Total Demolitions 839 3926 Total Facilitated Renovations 216 1214

2015 Funding Highlights

In 2015, the Cuyahoga Land Bank conituned to build on its success in administering the Neighborhood Improvement Program (NIP) in Cuyahoga County.  The Ohio Housing Financing Agency (OHFA) established the NIP program in 2014, following the advocacy of the Thriving Communities Institute. Read more ›

2015 Year in Reflection

For the Cuyahoga Land Bank, 2015 could be described as a year of sowing and reaping.  The organization has deepened its roots in many ways and with many organizations including its Community Development Corporations, faith-based institutions and social service agencies.  Read more ›