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Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority Archives — Cleveland Central Promise Neighborhood

AT&T, CMHA launch tech scholarships for residents

AT&T, CMHA launch tech scholarships for residents

The Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority and AT&T have partnered to announce AT&T will be offering 100 Udacity Nanodegree tech scholarships to select CMHA residents. The AT&T Aspire to Tech Scholarship program will provide residents tech-focused coursework for free to U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Connect Home communities across the nation, including, CMHA. The Nanodegree program offers the chance to build cutting-edge skills that are in demand in today’s economy. The application deadline is May 23rd, with classes will begin on June 12th and run through February 2018. Please visit the link below to apply for this opportunity or for more information.

CMHA and AT&T announced the tech scholarships during an event at Outhwaite Community Center.
CMHA and AT&T announced the tech scholarships during an event at Outhwaite Community Center.

Nanodegree programs offered through this scholarship are self-paced, online coursework that provide students highly in-demand skills needed to help obtain tech-related jobs. The courses help students and job-seekers develop skills in areas such as web development, mobile development and data analytics. As part of the program, Udacity leverages partnerships with Google, AT&T, Facebook and other industry leaders to create real-world projects that employees of these companies are constantly challenged with solving, giving the tech scholarship students a hands-on experience.

AT&T Aspire to Tech students can take Nanodegree courses focusing on:

  • Intro to programming: Start a career in tech
  • Front-end web developer: Build beautiful websites
  • Android basics: Develop mobile apps

Scholarships are available to:

  • Students who participate in at least one activity of an AT&T Aspire supported organization including: All Star Code, Black Girls Code, Girls Who Code, Genesys Works, Hack the Hood, One Goal and Year Up
  • Residents of ConnectHome pilot communities such as CMHA.

Participants should expect to dedicate a minimum of ten hours a week over the eight months Nanodegree course period. Tech scholarship winners will be notified by email on June 6, 2017. Nanodegree classes begin on June 12, 2017 and run through February 2018 for this spring tech scholarship class. Through this partnership with AT&T, CMHA continues to bridge the digital divide through the ConnectHome initiative, offering low-cost internet to CMHA residents in an era where such access is necessary for upward mobility.

To apply for this opportunity or for more information click here. Note: Interested applicants have to create a Udacity account or sign-in with a service like Facebook in order to reach the Aspire to Tech application page.

Central-Cedar transformation takes shape with opening of Sankofa Village

Central-Cedar transformation takes shape with opening of Sankofa Village

Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA) hosted a grand opening ceremony to celebrate the new Cedar-Central Development called Sankofa Village on Friday, March 10, 2017. Sankofa Village is a 15.2-acre residential phase of the Cedar Transformation Plan, the redevelopment plan that has resulted from the Cedar Choice Neighborhood Planning grant award.

“Sankofa Village is an investment in the Cedar-Central neighborhood that provides quality housing to its residents,” said Mayor Frank G. Jackson. “It is another example of how we’re working together to make Cleveland a better place to live, work, play, and do business.”

Sankofa Village
Sankofa Village

Sankofa Village Phase I is a 61-unit four-story elevator building with units that consist of one-bedroom, full-bathroom, kitchen with energy-star range, range hood and refrigerator, living space, and closets. Sankofa Village Phase II is a 50-unit development of townhomes housed in five separate buildings. The site is 2.74 acres and has two parking lots, two playgrounds and will meet Enterprise Green Community Standards as well as LEED Neighborhood Development guidelines.

“Sankofa Village embraces the rich history of the area and serves as a catalyst to help transform the neighborhood by connecting people and creating new opportunities for residents within this community,” said Jeffery K. Patterson, CMHA Chief Executive Officer. “CMHA is pleased to have the opportunity to enhance the neighborhood based upon the input of various community stakeholders and residents.”

Ralph A. Falbo, Inc. and Pennrose Properties will develop and manage the properties and CMHA is the sponsor, property owner, partner, lender, and provider of Section 8 operating subsidies through HUD’s Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program.

“Sankofa Village is an excellent example of what cooperation across the board can produce from CMHA to the developer, contractor, architect and the city. Congratulations to all for a job well done,” said Ralph Falbo, Owner of Ralph A. Falbo Inc.

“My son and I like Sankofa Village because it is a dynamic location and so close to downtown Cleveland with great access to the freeways. The materials used to build the townhomes are wonderful. The inside of the units are great, with an airy, open floor plan. I like the vaulted ceilings and large windows that bring in excellent, natural light,” said Monica Brentson, resident of Sankofa Village.

The goal of this Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grant is to employ a comprehensive approach to neighborhood transformation. The program will transform neighborhoods by revitalizing severely distressed public and/or assisted housing and leverage investments in well-functioning services, high quality public schools and education programs, high quality early learning programs and services, public assets, public transportation, and improve access to jobs. In addition, Choice Neighborhoods will ensure that current residents will be able to benefit from this transformation by preserving affordable housing or providing residents with the choice to move to affordable and accessible housing in another existing neighborhood of opportunity.

More information on how to apply for residency at Sankofa Village is available here.

Police officers spread holiday cheer at Outhwaite Homes Community Center

Police officers spread holiday cheer at Outhwaite Homes Community Center

Santa Claus arrived early this December for CMHA residents at Outhwaite Homes Community Center, courtesy of the Fraternal Order of Police of Ohio, Inc. and Representative Stephanie Howse, District 11. Central residents had the opportunity to hang out and eat lunch with Cleveland police officers. Each family also went home with a bundle of toys!

img_4857The event brought together youth, families and law enforcement in a fun, friendly atmosphere.

“The Fraternal Order of Police has a long history of giving back and this toy giveaway is just one more example,” said Gary Wolske, Vice President, Fraternal Order of Police of Ohio. “We believe it’s important to remind the community that we’re friends and neighbors with them, especially at a time when too many people are trying to drive a wedge between police and the communities we serve.”

In addition to toys, coloring books, flash cards and more, the Fraternal Order of Police of Ohio raffled off six bicycles.  Residents enjoyed pizza and quality time with their neighbors.

Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority Aiming to Transform Central Neighborhood

Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority wants to transform Cleveland’s Central Neighborhood and is applying for a $250,000 planning grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to plan the project.

The Choice Neighborhood project, a complementary program to Promise Neighborhood, 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.