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Heritage Home Loan Program

On a Thursday afternoon in mid-January, Cuyahoga Land Bank President Gus Frangos braved the bitter cold in a show of support to participate in a press conference announcing the launch of the Heritage Home Program in South Euclid. “The Land Read more ›

South Euclid Idea House

On an unseasonably warm early December evening, neighbors, project partners, potential home buyers and the just plain curious gathered together at 1033 Argonne Road in South Euclid for the launch of South Euclid’s latest Idea House. A part of the Read more ›

Rising from the Rubble…A New Home!

We’ve seen neighborhoods transformed by demolitions in the past four years, with hundreds of properties “born again” as community gardens, green space, expanded yards, daycare centers, youth program centers and even a practice site for the local bomb squad. And Read more ›

Renovating Habitat for Humanity

It’s an idea whose time has come: renovating foreclosed and abandoned homes instead of building new ones from the ground up. That’s the new vibe at Habitat for Humanity—and it makes sense in a city like Cleveland, where housing stock Read more ›

It’s Happening in Berea

The City of Berea, the Berea Community Development Corporation (BCDC), Cuyahoga County Department of Development and the Cuyahoga Land Bank have teamed up to redevelop the City of Berea’s north end. These organizations have worked collaboratively to encourage reinvestment in Read more ›

Purple Heart Homes Kick-Off

The Cuyahoga Land Bank partnered with the City of South Euclid, Purple Heart Homes and One South Euclid to provide a home for a combat wounded Iraq War veteran. Demond Taylor, who served our country from September 2001 to July Read more ›

Partner Feature: Koinonia

Koinonia Homes Inc. (Koinonia), a private, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization, provides Residential, Adult Day Support, Vocational and Career Services in Cuyahoga County to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and is the largest private provider of services throughout Cuyahoga County Read more ›

Partner Feature: City of South Euclid

The Cuyahoga Land Bank continues to be a strategic partner in South Euclid’s award winning (Crain’s Cleveland Business Emerald Award) Green Neighborhoods Initiative. This NSP grant-funded neighborhood revitalization program has performed five green retrofits of bungalows in South Euclid in Read more ›

Sylvia Gets a Makeover

“Affordable housing” is no mere buzzword at Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization (DSCDO)-it’s a vital part of the group’s mission and the neighborhood’s personality. That is one important reason why DSCDO went after funding to restore the Sylvia building. “Affordable Read more ›

St. Coleman’s Garden of Eden

Going to church should be an uplifting experience. Worshiping next door to a condemned property, however, tends to dampen the spirit. That was what the congregation faced when they attended services at St. Colman’s in the Detroit Shoreway neighborhood. The Read more ›

It’s a Win-Win-Win Situation!

We know that not every offender spends time behind bars. In many instances-either as a condition of the sentence, or because the person cannot afford to pay a hefty fine-many convicted offenders are sentenced to “community service.” But what, exactly, Read more ›

In Euclid, Blight Becomes Might

Land banks exist to prevent blight and save neighborhoods, and one of their most effective tactics is buying multiple properties, thereby boosting a community’s stability. That was the situation in Euclid last spring, when the Cuyahoga Land Bank acquired four Read more ›

How Cleveland’s Gardens Grow

Community gardeners in the Stockyard, Clark-Fulton and Brooklyn Centre neighborhoods now have a new source for their plants and gardening materials. With help from the Cuyahoga County Land Bank, a new garden-recycling program allows volunteers to salvage flower beds, landscaping Read more ›