Public commenters had housing on their minds. They asked City Council to support more affordable and accessible housing for seniors, disabled, and low-income Clevelanders.
The Public Comment CLE website has all of the week’s comments and transcripts, edited by Cleveland Documenter Gennifer Harding-Gosnell.
Register to make a public comment or learn more about the process in our guide to public comment at Cleveland City Council.
Aging in place
Diana Cyganovich and Marge Misak, both members of the Cleveland West Side Village, a non-profit volunteer group of “seniors helping seniors,” said there is very little housing in the city that is both accessible and affordable for older residents wishing to stay in the communities they call home.
Cyganovich asked council to make Cleveland a truly age-friendly city making accessibility and visibility a standard in the city’s housing code for all new construction.
Misak asked Council to consider Cyganovich’s idea, and to make sure affordable housing continues to stay affordable by using a Community Land Trust to develop housing.
Watch Cyganovich’s full comment
Evan O’Reilly and Diane Howard of the Northern Ohioans for Budget Legislation Equality were at the microphone to advocate for the city using American Rescue Plan Act (APRA) money to create a city own rental assistance fund.
Watch O’Reilly’s full comment.
Cleveland resident Craig Guy shared that he was approved and then rejected for a loan by Key Bank for a home that was quickly sold to an out-of-state investor who offered just $1,000 more dollars for the home than Guy’s bid.