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Celebrating the Homefront Program | County Council Partner Feature - Cuyahoga Land Bank News - 2014.6.1

Celebrating the HomeFront Program

 Home is where the heart is! For the American soldiers who risk their lives every day to protect our freedoms, home is a cherished memory and something they dream about coming back to.  The Cuyahoga Land Bank has made this dream a reality with the HomeFront Veteran’s Home Ownership ProgramVeteran.  On Friday, May 23, 2014, the Cuyahoga Land Bank held a Memorial Day event commemorating U.S. Army Specialist Holden Gibbons for purchasing and renovating a home through the HomeFront program.
Gibbons served in Afghanistan from 2012-2013, earning two Afghan Campaign Stars, an Army Achievement Medal, a NATO Medal and a Good Conduct Medal.   He chose the Cuyahoga Land Bank’s program because he decided he wanted to own his own home instead of paying rent.  HomeFront offered affordable payments and discounts for the first-time homebuyer.  Gibbons chose the City of Euclid for his home because of the proximity to downtown Cleveland and University Circle. 
“This is a fantastic program that makes it so much more possible to own a home without getting into a huge loan,” said Gibbons. “Working with the Land Bank was such an enjoyable experience because of the people.  You feel like you’re dealing with family at every stage of the process." 
At the celebration, Gibbons stood with his father, local veterans in uniform along with Cuyahoga Land Bank President Gus Frangos and Euclid Mayor Bill Cervenik.  Cervenik welcomed and honored Gibbons for his service. 
“The City of Euclid welcomes US Army SPC Gibbons to our community,” said Cervenik.  “We see the immediate results of working with the Cuyahoga Land Bank to attract interest in the purchase and renovation of formerly vacant, abandoned properties in our community when we gain new residents like Mr. Gibbons.” 
The event was held not only to commemorate Mr. Gibbons and Memorial Day, but also to raise awareness among veteran’s organizations of the options they have when it comes to home-buying.
More information on the program can be found at
www.cuyahogalandbank.org/homefront.
“I would recommend this program for all vets,” said Gibbons.  “Even for those who aren’t vets, I would recommend the Cuyahoga Land Bank because they are extremely flexible and want to help the community.” 
The Land Bank is very proud of this program and its ability to help those who help us.  To Holden Gibbons: Welcome home, Soldier.


Watch Highlights of the Homefront Press Conference Event on YouTube:

Partner Feature: Cuyahoga County Council

Cuyahoga County Council maintains an important partnership with the Cuyahoga Land Bank.
Currently, County Council Member Pernel Jones, Jr. (District-8) serves as the Vice Chair and the County Council RepresentativeCounty Councile on the Board of Directors for the Cuyahoga Land Bank, a position previously held by County Council Member Dan Brady (District-3).
“As the County Council Member who serves on the Cuyahoga Land Bank Board, I am proud of the work to reduce blight throughout the County, make vacant productive, and increase neighborhood green space,” said Councilman Jones. “The Land Bank is a win-win for everyone.  They have been able to get families into their first homes, increase property values throughout the County and improve the overall quality of life for County residents.”
Dedicated to stabilizing and strengthening the County’s housing market, the Council has provided strong support through championing the Land Bank’s efforts, providing guidance and Board leadership.
Most recently, County Council Members Jones, Sunny Simon (District-11) and David Greenspan (District-1) joined the Cuyahoga Land Bank to announce the launch of the HomeFront Veteran’s Program which offers a discount of up to 20% off the purchase price to Veterans interested in purchasing either a move-in ready or a to-be-renovated home from the Cuyahoga Land Bank.  This discount is possible thanks to a $100,000 grant from the Cuyahoga County Council, which the Cuyahoga Land Bank matched with another $200,000.
“Council is proud to have contributed to this program,” said County Council Member Greenspan.
“This collaboration also promotes the Cuyahoga Land Bank's efforts to bring vacant and abandoned properties in Cuyahoga County back to productive use,” said Cuyahoga Land Bank President Gus Frangos.
“The Cuyahoga Land Bank does more than just help stabilize the housing market within the County, it helps individuals and families reconnect with the American dream of home ownership and helps clean up the vacant and abandoned foreclosed houses that some neighborhoods struggle with on a daily basis,” said County Council Member Simon.
As one of the lead sponsors to provide funding for the HomeFront Veteran’s Program, Simon also added “It’s important that we not only provide veterans with well-deserved homes through the Homefront Program, but to show our appreciation for them in a tangible way...a home!”
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Fun Fact!


Landbankers Michael Schramm, Anurag Saxena, Stephen Love and Cuyahoga Land Bank President, Gus Frangos (before the race) hit the ground running in the 38th Annual Cleveland Rite Aid Marathon last month participating in the 10K and full marathon.  Next year we will be challenging all Land Bank staff to be up and running on race day for the 10K, half marathon and for the brazen few, the full marathon!

Bid on this Home
Before May 30th!

This home at 1411 East 221st Street in Euclid requires minimal renovation and is now available under the Advantage Plus Loan Program. Minimum bid starts at
$4,500!

Home for Sale in Cleveland

This home at 4383 East 131st Street in Cleveland requires renovation and is now available through our Deed-in-Escrow Program.

Renovated Home For Sale in Cleveland Heights

This colonial style home at 908 Selwyn Road in Cleveland Heights was renovated in-house by the Cuyahoga Land Bank and is listed for sale. For details on this property, please call 216-698-8853 and for a list of other homes currently under renovation, visit our website

The mission of the Cuyahoga Land Bank is to strategically acquire properties, return them to productive use, reduce blight, increase property values, support community goals and improve the quality of life for county residents.

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