Fairport Harbor leaders hope a little holiday spirit will help lead them to future business opportunities.
CLEVELAND - The Greater Cleveland Habitat for Humanity launched an aggressive plan that hopes to place 12 needy families in renovated homes by the end of the year.
With the help of the Cuyahoga Land Bank, habitat has been in the process of acquiring vacant houses on both Colfax Road in the lower Kinsman neighborhood, and Clement Avenue in Slavic Village, on the city's south side.
Habitat hopes to renovate six houses on each street, working to economically rehab the homes into safe, quality and affordable housing for lower-income families.
Cleveland City Council members Tony Brancatelli and Phyllis Cleveland, along with Mayor Frank G. Jackson, are collaborating with the Greater Cleveland Habitat for Humanity.
Cleveland City Council committed $50,000 to help fund the massive project.
"We are proud to have the support of the mayor, city council, and Slavic Village, and Burton Bell Carr Development Corporations," said habitat executive director John Habat. "Rather than just building homes, we are now focused on building sustainable communities."
Work to rehabilitate vacant houses on Colfax Road will begin on April 12, and NewsChannel5 volunteers will help with the effort through the Building Better Neighborhoods initiative.
NewsChannel5 will provide day-long coverage of the event with live broadcasts on Good Morning Cleveland, noon, 5, 6, and 11 p.m. newscasts.
Jackson applauded Habitat for Humanity for its effort in resurrecting vacant homes, and getting them occupied by anchor families once again.
"This project provides for home ownership for a population that may not have had the opportunity to get conventional financing," Jackson said.
NewsChannel5 is also trying to fight back against a growing number of vacant homes and building through our Building Better Neighborhoods initiative.
Residents can also report vacant homes by sending us pictures and information on condemned properties in our neighborhood, and we'll forward the information to your city building department in an effort to move the properties to progress.
More information on how residents can volunteer in their neighborhoods and make them better cab be found by contacting Hands on Northeast Ohio.
Two families have a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving.
Greater Cleveland Habitat for Humanity gave thanks to its volunteers at its annual volunteer recognition meeting.
Business executives Chris Zito and Ed Crawford were given Our Lady of the Wayside's highest honor for their service to children and adults with developmental disabilities.
Cleveland Skylift announced phase one of its cable car plan, linking the newly proposed Hilton Cleveland Convention Center hotel with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Great Lakes Science Center.
Volunteer experts with HandsOn Northeast Ohio report graffiti issues are on the rise. NewsChannel5 volunteers help with the clean-up.
NewsChannel5 is committed to Building Better Neighborhoods and we've teamed up with HandsOn Northeast Ohio to help clean up graffiti in Cleveland's Slavic Village neighborhood.
Greater Cleveland Habitat for Humanity launched its Slavic Village neighborhood revitalization initiative Thursday on Clement Avenue where two homes will now be renovated for first-time homeowners.
Cleveland residents will be issued a 65-gallon blue cart for recyclables and are now required to recycle glass, plastic, metal cans, cardboard and mixed paper items.