The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced that it is awarding a $35 million grant to the Cleveland Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA) and the City of Cleveland to rebuild an aging public housing complex in the Cleveland’s Buckeye-Woodhill neighborhood. The complex currently consists of 487 units, which will be replaced by 800 mixed-income rental homes.

This Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grant is part of a larger push by community actors to revitalize the area. CMHA was approved for a federal Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grant in 2018, and has partnered with various local organizations including The Community Builders, Inc., Care Alliance, the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, Cleveland Neighborhood Progress and the Council for Economic Opportunities. Nationally, the $35 million grant is part of $160 million that the Department of Housing and Urban Development is distributing to revitalize public housing in underserved communities.

The completed project, which draws funding from a variety of sources, will include newly-built subsidized housing, additional rentals, an early childhood education center, a health clinic, and new space for retailers to move in. The project will also assist community members access resources including jobs, educational opportunities and healthcare. The first phase of construction is slated to begin this fall – a mixed-income apartment building located at 9527 Buckeye Road.