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Schedule released for Fair Housing Report Review and Presentations

May 17, 2013 in Housing, News

2013 Northeast Ohio Fair Housing Draft Report Review and Presentations

The Northeast Ohio Sustainable Communities Consortium (NEOSCC ) is currently undertaking a study to evaluate fair housing throughout the 12 Counties of Northeast Ohio.  It is known as a Regional Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice.

The public comment period for the report draft will include on-line, in-print and presentation options for your review.  Provide your knowledge, opinions, and feelings about fair housing choice.

The purpose of the comment period is to allow the public an opportunity to review and comment on the draft findings and suggested recommendations.  COMMENTS WILL BE ACCEPTED UNTIL JULY 9, 2013.  Please note that these are proposed findings and recommendations and are subject to change.  All interested citizens are encouraged to attend any of the public meetings and/ or forward written comments to:  NEOSCC, 146 S. High Street, Suite 800, Akron, OH 44308 or akobak@neoscc.org.

State and Federal fair housing laws prohibit discrimination in housing based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, familial status, ancestry or military status.

Schedule

On-Line or In Print Review

June 10 – July 9

Three-volume draft study available for public comment online at www.vibrantneo.org or may be reviewed at the following location (fees may apply for copies):

  • NEOSCC, 146 S. High Street, Suite 800, Akron, OH

Presentations

June 18

  • 9:00am – Mahoning County, Covelli Centre (Community Room), 229 E. Front St., Youngstown
  • 11:30am – Trumbull County, The Wean Foundation (Western Reserve Room), 147 W. Market St., Warren
  • 2:30pm – Lake & Geauga Counties, Mentor Municipal Center, City Council Chambers, 3rd Floor, 8500 Civic Center Blvd., Mentor
  • 7:00pm – Ashtabula County, Ashtabula County Old Courthouse, Commissioners Meeting Room, 2nd Floor, 25 W. Jefferson St., Jefferson

June 19

  • 9:00am – Portage County, Portage County Regional Planning Commission,  124 N. Prospect St., Ravenna
  • 11:30am – Summit County, Akron Urban League (President’s Hall), 440 Vernon Odom Blvd., Akron
  • 2:30pm – Medina County, City of Medina, City Hall (Multi-purpose Room),  132 North Elmwood Ave., Medina
  • 7:00pm – Stark & Wayne Counties, The Lillian Beane Center, 1711 16th Street SE, Massillon

June 20

  • 9:00am – Lorain County, Lorain County Transportation & Community Center, 40 East Ave., Elyria12:00pm – Cuyahoga County, Castell Conference Center at Lutheran Hospital, The Castele Learning & Conference Center, 1730 West 25th St., Cleveland
  • 2:30pm – Cuyahoga County, Cleveland Heights Community Center, All-Purpose Room, 1 Monticello Blvd., Cleveland Heights

Share Your Thoughts on Fair Housing: NEOSCC 2013 Northeast Ohio Fair Housing Forums in March

February 8, 2013 in Engagement, Housing, News

You are invited to attend!  The NEOSCC is currently undertaking a study to evaluate fair housing throughout the 12 Counties of Northeast Ohio.  It is known as a Regional Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice. Through a series of Fair Housing Forums, we are reaching out to each of the 12 Counties to listen to your thoughts on this important issue.

Listen to preliminary findings of the study.  Provide your knowledge, opinions, and feelings about fair housing choice.  Please offer your suggestions on how to eliminate impediments to fair housing choice – ways we can work together to further fair housing in Northeast Ohio.

State and Federal fair housing laws prohibit discrimination in housing based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, familial status, ancestry or military status.

Meeting Schedule

March 11
9:00am – Summit County, Akron Urban League (President’s Hall), 440 Vernon Odom Blvd., Akron
1:30pm – Cuyahoga County, Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority (Corporate Offices, Board Room)
8120 Kinsman Rd., Cleveland
6:00pm – Cuyahoga County, Hall of La Sagrada Familia, 7719 Detroit Ave., Cleveland

March 12
9:30am – Wayne County, Wayne Metropolitan Housing Authority (Training & Conference Center),
1273 W. Old Lincoln Way, Wooster
2:00pm – Medina County, City of Medina, City Hall (Multi-purpose Room), 132 North Elmwood Ave., Medina
6:30pm – Lorain County, Lorain County Transportation & Community Center, 40 East Ave., Elyria

March 13
9:30am – Ashtabula County, Ashtabula County Head Start (Lake Erie Room), 4510 Main Ave., Ashtabula
2:00pm – Lake County, Lake County Administration Bldg., 105 Main St., Painesville
6:30pm – Geauga County, Geauga Metropolitan Housing Authority (Community Room)
385 Center St., Chardon

March 14
9:30am – Portage County, Portage County Regional Planning Commission, 124 N. Prospect St., Ravenna
2:00pm – Trumbull County, The Wean Foundation – Western Reserve Room, 147 W. Market St., Warren
6:30pm – Mahoning County, Covelli Center (Community Room), 229 E. Front St., Youngstown

March 15
9:30am – Stark County, The Metropolitan Centre, 601 Cleveland Ave. N.W., Canton

For anyone in need of special accommodations, please provide advance notice at least five days prior to the event by contacting Anthony Kobak (NEOSCC) at 330-375-2949.

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Peer Grantee Spotlight: From Brownfield to Mixed-Use

January 28, 2013 in News, Quality Connected Places, Sustainability

Canal Crossing — From Brownfields to Mixed-Use Community

Several sites within the Canal Crossing Redevelopment Area require environmental remediation. Image courtesy of Hudconja.

In the mid-19th century, industry flourished around the Morris Canal in Jersey City, New Jersey. As transportation technology improved, the canal was filled in and used as a corridor for freight rail and heavy trucks, which led to the establishment of more intensive industries and neighborhoods for workers in the area. By the mid-20th century, however, many industries had abandoned the city, leaving the areas near the canal with obsolete buildings, contaminated soil, and deteriorated neighborhoods. To address the neighborhood decline, Jersey City created the Canal Crossing Redevelopment Area and, in 2009, approved the Canal Crossing Redevelopment Plan. The plan calls for the 111-acre area to be redeveloped as a mixed-use, mixed-income, transit-oriented community designed in accordance with smart growth, new urbanism, and green building principles. The Jersey City Redevelopment Agency (JCRA) took a major step toward achieving the plan’s goals when it was awarded almost $2.3 million in a joint HUD Community Challenge Grant and U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Tiger II Planning Grant in October 2010.

 To read the entire grantee spotlight article at HUDUser, click here.

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Helping Communities Realize a More Prosperous Future

December 6, 2012 in Communications, News, Sustainability

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Office of Sustainable Housing and Communities (OSHC) recently released its 2012 Accomplishments Report, Helping Communities Realize a More Prosperous Future, (pdf download) which highlights how grantees of the 2010 and 2011 HUD Sustainability Grants are working to support locally led collaborative efforts that are building stronger regional economies.

Among the most significant findings of the report is the almost 100 percent leveraging of federal funds.  In 2010 and 2011 OSHC awarded 152 grants in 48 states, totaling $240 million. This in turn has generated almost $253 million in private investments and commitments from local partners.  The report further highlights that HUD’s Sustainable Communities grantees have brought significant local, state and private resources to the table.  HUD’s investment of $95.8 million in 2011 generated $115 million in matching and in-kind contributions – which is more than 120% of the Federal investment – from the 56 selected grantees.

HUD estimates that its two years of grant funding will have a positive impact on 133 million Americans by helping their communities and regions become more efficient and competitive while improving their quality of life.

The report also provides numerous examples of grantees in small and large communities who are utilizing sustainability principles to create jobs. In Memphis, TN, for example, The Aerotropolis Initiative, an integrated housing, transportation and economic development strategy is stimulating investment in the vicinity of the Memphis International Airport.  In coordination with other regional logistics and infrastructure strategies, the Initiative, developed in concert with FedEx, Elvis Presley’s Graceland, Medtronic and Smith Nephew biodevice companies, and numerous other major U. S. employers will lead to the creation of more than 3,000 local jobs and produce tens of millions in private capital investment.

OSHC is part of the Partnership for Sustainable Communities, which is a partnership between HUD, the U.S. Department of Transportation, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. It’s goal is to support local and regional economic development, energy conservation, and increased transportation and housing options.

Helping Communities Realize a More Prosperous Future, (pdf download)

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