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Our mission is to develop affordable housing for low- and moderate-income Clevelanders with a special emphasis on generating pathways out of poverty and providing homeownership opportunities.
What We Do
CHN is widely known for our Lease Purchase Program which is now being replicated across the nation. This program allows low-income families the ability to lease a home at an affordable rate, with the option to gain significant equity upon purchase after 15 years of responsible residency.
Since we began in 1981, CHN’s evolution has resulted in the addition of programs and services designed to meet the needs of the low- and moderate income-families of our city, focusing on four core services:
- Housing Development and Property Management:
CHN develops and manages single- and multi-family homes in Cleveland that compliment neighborhood strategies. Affordability, sustainable homeownership opportunities, energy efficiency, indoor air quality and long term sustainability are core principles of our strategies. Each year, CHN develops between 100-300 single- and multi-family homes.
- Energy Conservation and Weatherization:
CHN is Northeast Ohio’s largest energy conservation provider. Each year CHN completes over 7,000 home audits and inspections for low-income families, helping them to conserve energy and lower utility bills.
- Safety Net and Support Services:
CHN offers services to help families overcome emergencies and support them in their needs through utility assistance, foreclosure prevention and intervention, and EITC tax preparation assistance. Each year CHN completes more than 15,000 safety net and support services.
- Training and Education
CHN operates one of the region’s highest-capacity Community Training Centers (CTC), helping residents to manage and grow personal finances, enhance employment skills and preparing families to purchase, manage and build equity in their homes. Each year CHN provides training and education to more than 2,000 individuals.
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