CLEVELAND - Mayor Frank Jackson, Councilman Tony Brancatelli and officials from the Cleveland Housing Network (CHN) helped Ena Hill cut the ribbon on the Sebert Avenue home that she someday hopes to buy. The Slavic Village home is one of 40 being built or rehabbed by the housing network through the Cleveland Green Homes III project.
This home joins those being built and rehabbed in the Buckeye, Fairfax, Glenville, Detroit Shoreway and Tremont neighborhoods. These neighborhoods have been targeted for rebuilding by CHN as those most effected the the housing mortgage crisis.
"Our mission is really to improve the neighborhoods and to help families achieve homeownership and financial stability," said Lydia Balson, Resource Development Manager at the Cleveland Housing Network.
CHN's Lease Purchase program structures affordable payments through low-income housing tax credits for those seeking home ownership. After 15 years, CHN helps individuals and families purchase their home by providing financing.
CHN has built or rehabilitated more than 2,000 houses in the Cleveland area since they began in 1987 to link housing tax credits to homeownership opportunities.
What makes these homes "green"? All are well insulated, have low energy lighting, high efficiency windows, water saving fixtures, and power saving appliances leading to low energy costs to the homeowners.
Ward 12 Cleveland Councilman Tony Brancatelli has seen affordable housing bring more to his ward than just new homeowners.
"We're seeing a significant amount of private investment, not only in houses, but in businesses, both commercial and manufacturing."
For Hill, CHN's involvement was the big reason she was there to cut the ceremonial ribbon.
"It may not have been possible for me to ever enjoy something like this....a beautiful home."
Now, it's time to measure the windows and buy some shades.