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The Heritage Home Program Newsletter
Check Your Inbox for Quarterly Reports

Third Quarter Reports are Out!

Heritage Home Program Quarterly Reports were emailed to city officials at the beginning of last week. Quarterly Reports provide each city with up-to-date statistics on HHP activity this year. These reports provide information on the number of inquiries from homeowners, technical assists and site visits, and loan activity in each community.  End of Year Reports will be delivered to cities in January 2017. 

If you notice that a city staff member or councilperson is not currently receiving Quarterly Reports but would like to, please contact us at hhp@heritagehomeprogram.org and we'll add them to our contact list for future updates and reports. Questions? Email or call us at 216-426-3116. 

Service Spotlight: Spatial Planning for Modern Life

Commonly, homeowners find that the interior layouts of older homes do not mesh well with our current lifestyles.  In the past, homes were often built with small kitchens and with no half bath on the first floor.  Homeowners can use our free site visits as a way to discuss modifications to address these issues.

During site visits, we can advise on:
  • Where to locate new bathrooms in order to utilize existing plumbing and keep costs down;
  • Options for bumping-out exterior walls to expand kitchens;
  • How to open up interior floor plans;
  • Best approaches to finishing attic or basement areas into living space.

Before - wasted space!

After- new full bath!

Spotlight on the Heritage Home Program 
 The Heritage Home Program at National Conferences

The Heritage Home Program has been a part of the national preservation and housing conversation at several conferences this fall.  Beginning in September, HHP staff presented the program at the Legacy Cities conference in Detroit. This conference focuses on challenges in preservation and urban planning specific to Legacy Cities such as Cleveland.  These are cities that have been built upon great wealth and industry, but have suffered from population loss and are recovering from the housing crisis.  Attendees of the HHP session came from cities including Columbus, Detroit, Indianapolis, and Chicago.

Also in September,  two CRS staff members traveled to Baltimore, Maryland to participate in the 2016 Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference hosted by the Center for Community Progress.   Non-profit, private sector and government leaders from across the country divulged best practices for stabilizing, rehabilitating or, in some instances, strategically demolishing vacant and nuisance properties. Sessions explored issues from tax liens and code enforcement to marketing undervalued neighborhoods and supporting existing homeowners in improving their neighborhoods. Kathleen Crowther, President of CRS, presented the Heritage Home Program as a part of a panel titled Bricks and Mortar: Replicable Approaches to Rehab and Preservation for Neighborhood Transformations.

Coming up on October 27th, CRS will be participating in the Ohio Land Bank Conference held here in Cleveland.  This conference is hosted by Thriving Communities Institute and runs from 10/25/16 - 10/27/16 at the Westin Cleveland.  The Heritage Home Program will be a part of a panel held in conjunction with Cleveland Neighborhood Progress, titled  The Economic Value of Housing Rehabilitation.   The session will focus on a recent study that documents the value of rehabilitation of as part of a complete tool set when addressing vacant housing.  You can still register for this conference here: Ohio Land Bank Conference

In November, Heritage Home Program staff will travel to San Antonio, Texas to participate in the Association for Preservation Technology International 2016 conference:  Preserving Heritage with Tomorrow's Technology.  Staff will present on specific challenges in the restoration of vernacular structures found in Northeast Ohio.  You can still register for this conference here: APTI San Antonio

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