At Greater Cleveland Habitat for Humanity, we strengthen communities, restore homes, revitalize local neighborhoods and invest in our neighbors quest to become a homeowner. With the support of over 170 sponsor teams, 70,000 volunteers, and other supporters in the past 29 years, we have been able to help make homeownership a possibility for more than 225 Habitat homeowners and over 800 children in Greater Cleveland. Habitat homeowners reside in affordable homes in 20 different neighborhoods.
Building new homes from the ground up is expensive and the homes are scattered throughout the city, which is the reason we changed our model in 2013. We now fully rehab vacant homes concentrated on the same street or in the same Cleveland neighborhood. Our new model, with sponsorship and volunteer support, is much more affordable allowing us to impact more families. The average rehab is $65,000, compared to the $180,000 – $200,000 to build a new structure from the ground up. The resulting positive benefit to the city of Cleveland tax rolls is reducing some of the more than 7,000 vacant homes.
Recently, Greater Cleveland Habitat launched a three-year initiative to fully rehab 100 homes in Cleveland with a ten-house initiative in Cleveland’s Buckeye neighborhood. The first three of the ten houses are on the same Hulda Avenue block where work is taking place simultaneously.