More than 100 people came to see the new Promise Learning Lab at Cedar Estates. Central residents, foundation partners, students and others came to see the new 26-station lab and sign up for computer training. The lab is one of many resources brought to the Cleveland Central Promise Neighborhood. This is the type of commitment and collaboration from community partners that helped the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority secure a $300,000 Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grant for this community which is aimed at transforming distressed neighborhoods – in this case the Cedar/Central area – by linking housing improvements, with family programs and services, schools and jobs.
The learning lab is a partnership between the foundation, CMHA, OneCommunity’s “Connect Your Way” project which provides training, equipment and support for low-income households and the Cleveland Housing Network. Adult computer classes are scheduled to begin soon at the lab.
The Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority has been awarded a $300,000 Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grant from the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The planning grant will focus on the Central neighborhood adjacent to Cleveland’s downtown.
Once completed, the plan will become the guiding document for the revitalization of the public housing units in the Cedar/Central Community, while simultaneously directing the transformation of the surrounding neighborhood and positive outcomes for families. The goal of this Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grant is to employ a comprehensive approach to neighborhood transformation. CMHA’s Choice Neighborhood is a complementary program to Promise Neighborhood, which aims to physically transform a portion of Central, specifically Cedar Estates public housing. But the Choice program is wide-ranging focusing beyond housing to neighborhood redevelopment.
CMHA must also plan social service and education opportunity improvements in the neighborhood, and is working closely with the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland and its partners which is doing similar planning under the Promise Neighborhood project.
The portion of Central CMHA is focusing on corresponds to the same area and three schools the Promise project is targeting to work with residents and community leaders to ensure children are ready for school and succeed academically in excellent schools.