Welcome to the Heritage Home Program SM Monthly Newsletter!  
The Heritage Home Program Newsletter
The Heritage Home Program SM is entering construction season.  We have begun to see an increase in calls and site visits are filling up fast.  We have been working hard to streamline our intake process and hope to continue being able to respond to home owners within a few business days.  Please encourage your residents to contact us early in the season if they want to complete their projects before fall!

Upcoming Events: Lecture Series and Workshops

In addition to our Heritage Home Program Information Sessions, our staff is available to lecture on a wide variety of preservation topics. We can partner with your local library, city staff, historic society, or community development organization to lecture, conduct a workshop, or participate at an old house related event.  Topics include wood window restoration, maintenance and repair for old houses, historic paint colors, mid century modern, and preservation 101. Feel free to browse the list of available lectures, or contact us to create something that is geared toward your residents!

 Upcoming lectures include:

Landscaping By Style: A History of American Gardens
4/19/16  7:30pm
Westlake Porter Library
27333 Center Ridge Rd, Westlake, OH 44145

Porches: History, Design and Construction
5/12/16  7:00pm
Cleveland Heights Main Library
2345 Lee Rd, Cleveland Heights, OH 44118

Please be sure to check the calendar of events as dates and locations are subject to change.
Service Spotlight

Historic color consultations are a unique service provided by the Heritage Home Program.  We will conduct a site visit to discuss color, history and design. While onsite, we will also help evaluate the project and advise on best practices for a longer lasting paint job.  We then put together palettes of historic colors that also take into consideration the homeowner's color preferences and the colors of neighboring houses.  The consults give the homeowner color choices, and also placement ideas for an historically accurate paint scheme.
Marketing the Heritage Home Program to Residents

Each community that partners with the Heritage Home ProgramSM approaches marketing in a different way.  By sharing ideas and what area municipalities have done to promote the program to residents, we hope to provide you with some new ideas that might be a good fit for your community.

The impact of sending a Mayor's Letter.

While the Heritage Home Program does a direct mailing postcard to each and every eligible home, that postcard often gets ignored, or dismissed.  We have found that the biggest direct mailing success has been a letter from the Mayor.  Heritage Home Program staff is happy to supply such a letter that can be altered to fit each municipality.  We will also send the mailing list we use for your community so that all you have to do is arrange for the mailing.  These letters are especially useful when paired with an Information Session.  The letter can advertise to residents the date of a session in the community where they can learn more about the program. 

Recently, one community  who had been participating since 2014, but with little activity (an average of 13 Technical Assists per year), chose to send such a letter.  The letter generated a lot of interest and over 50 residents attended the Information Session.  In the month since the letter has gone out, HHP staff has received  22 additional inquiries, conducted 7 site visits and received 2 loan applications. Talk about impact!
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