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Impact: 15 Years Dedicated to Improving Cuyahoga County

  Twenty twenty-four marks the 15th year of the Cuyahoga Land Bank’s existence. The Land Bank’s journey began in 2008, when Land Bank President and General Counsel Gus Frangos and then Cuyahoga County Treasurer Jim Rokakis wrote, introduced and helped pass legislation to create Ohio’s very first land bank. The stipulation on the bill’s passing […]

Land Banking in Action: The Reality of How Transforming Vacant Lots Can Bring Dreams to Life for Habitat for Humanity Families

 Habitat for Humanity participant celebrates with family her newly earned home! On a sunny Saturday morning in May, five families were handed their wooden keys in a heartwarming dedication that also marked a significant milestone for both Habitat for Humanity of Greater Cleveland and Cuyahoga Land Bank.  This project on West 128th, lovingly referred to […]

Making a Dream a Reality

  The dream of a home of their own became a reality for a local family, thanks to The Building and Leveraging Opportunities (BLO) Foundation (known by its fraternal name Beta Lambda Omega), a nonprofit organization dedicated to transforming lives and revitalizing communities through impactful programs like its #ProjectFreshStart initiative. The Cuyahoga Land Bank and […]

The Power of Giving Back

  The holidays are a time for giving, and what better way to give than by donating to a great cause? In a world facing a growing housing crisis, organizations dedicated to providing housing opportunities to vulnerable populations and communities play a crucial role in ensuring that everyone has access to safe, stable, and affordable […]

Exploring Cleveland’s Mount Pleasant and Union-Miles neighborhoods, and a housing project aimed spurring development

  CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Mount Pleasant and Union-Miles neighborhoods have seen better days, but some believe better days are coming. Cuyahoga County Land Bank Charities this summer announced its plan to build or rehab hundreds of houses in Mount Pleasant, a much-needed boost for the area. Over the next three years, this project, which […]

#ProjectFreshStart is Changing Lives

 The Smith family (center) along with key Project Fresh Start partners. The Smith family has lived at Laura’s Home, a crisis center for women on Cleveland’s west side, for more than a year. Now, the family is getting ready to settle into their own home thanks to a group of caring individuals looking to create […]

Habitat Partnership Brings Affordable Housing to Greater Cleveland

  Cuyahoga Land Bank Charities is excited to partner with Habitat for Humanity of Cleveland and the Saint Luke’s Foundation to develop affordable housing for homeownership in the Buckeye and Mt. Pleasant neighborhoods of Cleveland. The project, backed by a total budget of $33 million, will focus on four key areas: new construction, rehabilitation of […]

A Meaningful Mission

  In celebration of its 200th year on Cleveland’s Public Square, the historic Old Stone Church has embarked upon a critical mission to address housing insecurity in our community. Old Stone Church is co-sponsoring the Cuyahoga Land Bank Charities’ Matching Grant Program with a commitment of $250,000 to provide 200 homes (representing its 200 years of service […]

Northeast Ohio charities team up to gift rehabbed homes to single moms, veterans, and others in need

  Land Bank Charities provides house, grant money for renovation Yvette Applewhite and her 12-year-old daughter were just handed the title to their very own home — after months of struggling with keeping a roof over their heads.. and food on the table. “Sometimes I still pinch myself like when I get off from work. […]

The Challenging Work of Nonprofit Housing

  Some of the most gratifying work of the Cuyahoga Land Bank is when we can execute our “brick and mortar” mission in a way that supports human and social service needs. Over the years, the Cuyahoga Land Bank has provided more than 155 homes and buildings to social service, faith-based and nonprofit organizations that […]

Inspired to Affect Change

  Danielle Acosta was shocked by the glaring, overwhelming need for affordable, safe housing while working as an educator of low-income and homeless students. As a real estate investor and property manager, she consistently heard stories about the many challenges so many in our community face attempting to locate and secure a home for their […]

Habitat Dedicates Former Land Bank House

Greater Cleveland Habitat for Humanity dedicated their 13th house of 2020 in mid-November. The house, located on Wilmore Avenue in Euclid, is now home to Lakeesha, a 42-year-old Regional Transit Authority (RTA) worker. “I appreciate all the good, hard, quality work everyone put into the house,” says Lakeesha. “This house is made with love, and […]

Thank You for Making an IMPACT!

On behalf of the entire Cuyahoga Land Bank team, I would like to thank everyone for making our 10th anniversary IMPACT! event such a success. On Thursday, October 17, we gathered with nearly 400 of our friends and partners in the non-profit and community development field, government, and private sector at The Madison in Cleveland […]

Bessie’s Angels Dedicate Second Home

Friends, neighbors and volunteers gathered in September to celebrate the official opening of Bessie’s Place II, a permanent low-income housing opportunity for young ladies age 18-24 who have aged out of foster care.  Bessie’s Place II is a collaboration between Bessie’s Angels, a non-profit organization dedicated to educating, empowering and nurturing young women as they transition […]

Case Study: Place Making: Elizabeth Baptist Church

Elizabeth Baptist Church, a pillar of the Hyacinth neighborhood on Cleveland’s east side, has ministered to the spiritual and physical needs of its congregation for nearly a century. Under the steadfast leadership of Pastor Richard Gibson, the church provides amazing outreach and restorative work in the community it serves. The Church offers a wide range […]

Fisher Houses Near Completion

We are excited to see the final touches being put on the Greater Cleveland Fisher House apartments. The final phase of the $3 million project has wrapped in preparation of a formal dedication and ribbon cutting in June. The Fisher House Foundation built two Fisher House complexes with 16 suites each that will accommodate up […]

Greater Cleveland Habitat Welcomes New Homeowners

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Cleveland completed construction on two homes in January and held dedications at which the families received keys to their new homes. Volunteers, staff, donors and community partners were recognized for their support of the families’ journey to homeownership at the dedication. The Cuyahoga Land Bank provided the homes for both projects […]

Snapshot: First District Police Renovate Home

Members of the Cleveland Police First District Community Relations team and Councilman Brian Kazy welcomed a mother and her children to their new home on Cleveland’s west side in January. First District volunteers will help to renovate the home over the next several months through the City Mission’s New Horizons Program.  We are excited to be […]

Welcome Home Chanelle

Family, friends, volunteers and staff of several partner organizations came together in December to welcome Chanelle and her two daughters into their new home in Garfield Heights. The renovation of the 2-bedroom home was made possible through the New Horizons Housing Collaborative, AXA Financial Advisors, the Cuyahoga Land Bank, and other community partners. The New Horizons Collaborative is […]

Bringing Hope to Women

Women of Hope, a local non-profit group, continues its labor of love in creating transitional housing opportunities for women and children and veteran families in our community who are at-risk of homelessness. The group recently welcomed a mother and her three children to a newly renovated home in Garfield Heights. The family came to Women […]

Community Park Dedicated in Buckeye Neighborhood

Neighbors and friends of the Church of the Living God on Buckeye Road gathered on a beautiful Saturday afternoon in August for the dedication of William’s Place community park in Cleveland’s Buckeye neighborhood.  William’s Place Park was named in honor of Bishop William Carr, founder of the Church in 1965, and William E. Fowler, pastor […]

Partner Spotlight: Building Hope in the City

While some of our urban neighborhoods continue to struggle to maintain affordable housing, unique collaborations among social service, faith-based and non-profit organizations are making a real difference in creating housing solutions for populations in need. Building Hope in the City (BHITC) is one such organization, working to restore the “city to God” by developing and […]

Fresh Produce Distribution Coming to Clark-Fulton Neighborhood

A vacant lot on Sackett Avenue in Cleveland’s Clark-Fulton neighborhood will soon be a haven for fresh produce for local residents. The new distribution center is a program of Baba Neem Karoli Satsang (BNKS), a non-profit church corporation doing business as Baba’s Yard, that brings awareness to the issue of hunger in America and manages […]

Partner Spotlight: Envision Cleveland

Paul Huneycutt and his wife, Lorie, came to Cleveland in 2014 as Site Coordinators for Envision Cleveland, a ministry of the Christian and Missionary Alliance, to establish and strengthen communities of faith. Through its work, Envision Cleveland actively collaborates with individuals, communities, ministries and local government to reach marginalized populations in Cleveland and those struggling […]

The Nehemiah Collaborative: Bringing Stability to Neighborhoods

Volunteers from the Nehemiah Collaborative clean out a home in the Clark-Fulton neighborhood to begin renovations. A blighted and abandoned house on Trowbridge Avenue in Cleveland will soon be home to America’s finest.  Eight veterans will have a new home address as a result of the Nehemiah Collaborative, a nonprofit organization focused on providing affordable, stable […]