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Historic Preservation E-News
April 2016
Apply Now for Home Accessibility Improvement Grants

The City of Shaker Heights is now offering eligible homeowners the opportunity to receive up to $7,500 in grant funds to address home accessibility and emergency repair projects.

Interested applicants must meet the following basic requirements:
  • Owner-occupant of single-family home 
  • Household income cannot exceed 80% of Area Median Income 
  • Must have special needs or be 60 years of age or older 
  • Other conditions may apply
Accessibility repairs must address modifications to make life easier and prevent institutionalization such as handrails and bars, taller toilets, walk-in showers, lowered kitchen cabinets, and installation of wider doors. Emergency repairs must address items that allow the homeowner to continue to live in the home such as roof repair, electrical/plumbing/HVAC repairs and structural repairs to floors or walls.  

Due to high demand and limited availability, interested applicants must complete an application assessment no later than April 15. For additional information, please contact Sharra Thomas, Housing Programs Specialist, at 216-491-1434.

LAST CALL for 2016 Photo Contest and Preservation Award Nominations!

Entries for the Shaker Heights Landmark Commission’s 4th Annual Preservation Month Photo Contest will be accepted online through March 31. View the 2016 Call for Entries

The Landmark Commission Preservation Awards program was established in 1998 to recognize and highlight property owners who have preserved and improved their properties. Exterior projects completed within the last two years are eligible. Nominations can be submitted for any building in Shaker Heights, including homes and apartment buildings, commercial buildings, and other structures  Nominations are due March 31.  Learn more and download a nomination form ...  

[Above] Raider Nation, Billy Seguin, 2014 Photo Contest Winner
Classes and Workshops - How to Handle April Showers
Rain Garden Workshop: How to Earn Stormwater Credits
Saturday, April 2, 10AM-noon
Nature Center at Shaker Lakes
2600 South Park Boulevard  

Did you know that the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District will begin billing for stormwater this summer? Tori Mills from the Doan Brook Watershed Partnership will explain how impervious areas are measured, how fees are calculated, and give examples of stormwater credit opportunities. Garrett Ormiston from the Cleveland Museum of Natural History will explain where, why and how to construct a rain garden and what native plants work best. $8 members/$10 non-members; registration required. Register online.  

Landscape your Way to a Dry Basement
Thursday, April 7, 7-8:30PM
Shaker Heights City Hall
3400 Lee Road 

“A basement is a hole in the ground that you throw junk into and pump water out of.” If this describes your experience with basements, let the Home Repair Resource Center help (with the water, anyway; you’re on your own with the junk!). Join Jeff Jowett from the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District for a presentation about how to put your yard to work for you in the fight to keep water out of your basement–and save money doing it. Free; registration required. Register online.

Healthy Roofs, Gutters & Downspouts
Tuesday, April 12, 6:30-8:30PM
Shaker Heights City Hall
3400 Lee Road

Your roof is the first line of defense against water. In this workshop, you will learn how to spot water-related maintenance issues with your roof; address moisture-related problems; utilize seasonal ventilation strategies; improve site drainage; and understand traditional methods of moving water away from your house. Workshop fee: $30 for Shaker residents*; registration required. Register online.

Restore the Flow: How to Snake Your Drains
Monday, April 18, 7-9PM
Home Repair Resource Center 
2520 Noble Road, Cleveland Heights

Drains are the kind of thing you don’t want to hear from! They work best when you don’t know they’re there–but what happens when they back up? Learn how drains are designed to work and how to “move along” problems when they arise.
Workshop fee: $30 for Shaker residents*; registration required. Register online.

Advanced Workshop: Build a Rain Barrel
Tuesday, April 26, 7-9PM
Home Repair Resource Center
2520 Noble Road, Cleveland Heights

Rain barrels can do a lot. They capture water that would be lost to storm drains; divert storm water back to the landscape; conserve tap water and energy use; and lower water and sewer bills. Plus they’re easy to build! Come see for yourselfbuild a rain barrel and take home everything you need to connect it. Workshop fee: $45 for Shaker residents* (includes barrel, diverter, downspout adapter and spigot); enrollment limited to the first 15 paid registrations. Register online.

*Shaker Heights residents are eligible for a 25% discount (reflected in fees listed above) for Home Repair Resource Center programs. To apply for the “Partner City Resident” discount, complete the application here.


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