Representing the vibrant and diverse neighborhoods of Shaker Square, Larchmere, CHALK, Ludlow, and Drexmore/Chadbourne.

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Larchmere Co-op Helps Entrepreneurs, Promotes Sustainability

​“I think this space makes room for dreams,” muses Philena Seldon, founder

of Cooperative Cleveland, as she shows a visitor around the storefront at

12602 Larchmere Boulevard.

The space, Co-op CLE, is more than a store. It’s an incubator that nurtures the

aspirations of minority entrepreneurs wanting to transition from home-based

business to brick-and-mortar retail. Seldon is committed to helping artisans overcome market-entry barriers, from getting business loans to paying rent and insurance. Co-op members pay a nominal rent for space to create and showcase their creations, and they benefit from fellow members’ experience and support. For more of the story, see page 5 of The SHAD Connection.

Downpayment Assistance Available
Greater Circle Living offers a $10,000 forgivable loan for down payment

and/or closing costs for the purchase of an owner-occupied home by

full-time employees and part time employees with 2 years of service

at an eligible nonprofit institution in Greater University Circle. Other programs

are available depending on your employer.

Greater Circle Living includes:

  • Financial assistance
  • Training for home buyers 
  • Help with the application process
  • Education on Housing Options
  • Assistance with budgeting/managing finances

Click here for more information on Greater Circle Living.

​Emergency Home Repairs for the Elderly on Tap in Latest Budget

When Cleveland City Councilman Blaine Griffin examines the neighborhoods in his

Ward 6 district, he has two major areas of concern.

     “First and foremost, I’m always concerned for the health, safety and well-being of my constituents,” said Griffin.
     Seems fair enough. And the second major concern?
     “A close second to that is the state of homes for senior citizens who are living in isolation,” he explained. “So many of these houses need repairs, and we have to make sure that these are people who are able to age peacefully in their homes.”
     Now, thanks to the City Council approving $1.3 million earlier this year for projects to help senior citizens make critical and emergency repairs to their homes, Griffin says the city is taking huge steps to ensure that elderly citizens won’t have to live in sub-par conditions. For more of the story, see page 3 of The SHAD Connection.

2018 Yankee Doodle Dash Brought Out the Fun in Everyone


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