Central Neighborhood Grant

To combat joblessness and poverty in low-income communities, Mayor Frank G. Jackson and Councilwoman Phyllis Cleveland (Ward 5) joined Secretary of HUD Lourdes Castro Ramirez and State of Ohio Senator Nina Turner to announce the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) award.

The Jobs-Plus Community Revitalization Initiative, which is a three-million dollar grant to the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA) to implement a Jobs-Plus Pilot program, will pilot its initial program in the Central neighborhood for residents living in the Carver Park and Outhwaite developments. Jobs-Plus seeks to boost employment among all working-age residents through employment and training services, financial work incentives (especially by limiting rent increases for employed residents), neighbor-to-neighbor outreach, and other efforts to promote and support work.

CMHA is one of nine public housing authorities selected by HUD to participate in the four-year program that invests a total of $24 million across the State and specifically $3 million in Cleveland as a part of a comprehensive initiative designed to bring better paying jobs to residents of public housing. 

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