Preparing for 30 New Homes in Buckeye Neighborhood of Cleveland

Sep 29, 2023 2:20 PM ET
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At left, one of the new Larchmere homes. At top right are Ayonna Blue Donald, Ohio market leader for Enterprise Community Partners; Kevin Nowak, president and CEO of CHN Housing Partners; Joy Johnson, executive director at Burten, Bell, Carr CDC; Dana Capers, community impact manager, Fifth Third Bank; and Keith Burgess, group head of community development at Fifth Third Bank, at the ribbon cutting. On the lower right, are Ayonna Blue Donald of Enterprise Community Partners, Deborah Gray, councilwoman, Ward 4, Cleveland; Kevin Nowak of CHN Housing Partners; and Laura Boustani, vice president of external affairs at CHN Housing Partners.

On Sept. 20, a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held for Larchmere Homes, the new construction of 30 affordable lease-to-purchase homes in the Buckeye neighborhood of Cleveland, Ohio. Buckeye is one of Fifth Third’s Empowering Black Futures nine neighborhoods. The Empowering Black Futures neighborhood program is a $180 million initiative in which Fifth Third and Enterprise Community Partners work with lead community organizations in nine historically Black neighborhoods that have experienced decades of disinvestment to boost economic mobility of its residents. The Buckeye program in partnership with Cleveland Neighborhood Progress, Burten, Bell, Carr Development Inc., and CHN Housing Partners includes a focus on home repairs in the area South of Buckeye Road.

The Larchmere project is a collaboration of multiple partners, including Enterprise Community Partners and CHN Housing Partners (CHN). The Fifth Third CDC made a $6.2 million low-income housing tax credit investment via the Enterprise Equitable Upward Mobility Fund, a multi-investor fund.

The development is for scattered site new home construction in the neighborhood. When complete, 30 single-family homes will be built for families at or below 60% of the area median income. Of the homes, 28 will be three-bedroom, two-story homes and two will be three-bedroom, single story homes.

Through CHN, the homes will be rented on a lease-purchase basis; the goal is for residents to be able to buy the homes from the nonprofit developer at the conclusion of a 15-year period. CHN’s service delivery program will provide tailored wraparound services to each resident family to help them improve their education, career and financial health.

The program will help extend Fifth Third’s EBF goal of improving the upward mobility of Black residents by increasing access to affordable housing in the Buckeye neighborhood.

“This type of development is a game-changer for Cleveland’s neighborhoods,” said Councilwoman Deborah Gray, Ward 4.

For more information on Fifth Third’s Empowering Black Futures program, click here

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