Community Stabilization & Development
A Force for Neighborhoods: The Poverty Center works with local governments and community organizations to track and measure foreclosures and building code enforcement in neighborhoods throughout Cuyahoga County. Our maps, data systems, evaluative tools and expertise help local governments gather and use data more quickly and efficiently so that cities can be more responsive to neighborhood housing issues.
The Poverty Center hosts the most comprehensive neighborhood information systems in the country. Under the NEO CANDO data system, we provide portals into neighborhood-level Census data (NEO CANDO 2010+), valuable local administrative data (Historic Social and Economic, soon to be integrated into 2010+), and parcel level data (through Property Data and the Neighborhood Stabilization Team Web Application) to Cuyahoga County and Northeast Ohio.
Neighborhood Stabilization Team Web Application – Is a web-based data application that enables a diverse group of government and community agencies to collaborate in improving the communities of Cleveland and Cuyahoga County by linking together administrative property data at the parcel level. Access is currently limited to community development focused organizations in Cuyahoga County.
Before there was a national housing crisis there were the experiences in the Rust Belt: subprime lending, balloon payments, mass foreclosures, houses in perpetuity that sat abandoned and without value. That said, Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, and the region have been examining the issues related to vacant and foreclosed housing for over a decade now, and the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development has been a linchpin in the region’s attempt to empirically examine the problem of foreclosures so that it does not occur again.
Cleveland Neighborhood Progress- Neighborhood Stabilization Team– Cleveland Neighborhood Progress, a community development funding intermediary of Cleveland area CDCs, provides technical and tactical assistance to community development professionals in the areas hardest hit by this economic crisis. The Neighborhood Stabilization Team utilizes a web-based data application hosted by Case Western Reserve University’s NEO CANDO data system as a “one-stop shop” for county-wide property data. Our expert, legally-trained staff helps community development staff navigate through the pitfalls of toxic-titled, abandoned property that threaten community assets and investments to return them to beneficial use
Cleveland Neighborhood Progress Drivers– The Poverty Center works with Cleveland Neighborhood Progress, a community development funding intermediary of Cleveland area CDCs, to identify and generate important neighborhood indicators to serve as measures of progress for neighborhoods and the community development corporations that serve them.
The City of Cleveland’s Department of Building and Housing and Department of Community Development partner with area Community Development Corporations to carry out housing code enforcement activities in the City of Cleveland. The Poverty Center shares data about partnership activities through the Neighborhood Stabilization Team Web Applications.
Since 2009, Dr. Mark Chupp has worked to bring together the expertise and assets of institutions and organizations throughout Cleveland to support the revitalization of East Cleveland through a partnership with the city, local residents and the nonprofit, business, and faith communities. Community assessments have been completed in several neighborhoods, utilizing service learning courses with masters students from the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences. Recent projects include supporting the development of the MyCom youth development strategy for East Cleveland and a target area plan for the area of East Cleveland most affected by the housing foreclosure crisis.