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Cleveland City Council targets nearly $1.3 million in budget to help elderly maintain their homes
CLEVELAND, Ohio - City Council voted Monday to target nearly $1.3 million this year on projects to help elderly Clevelanders -- many of whom are impoverished -- keep their homes in good repair and maintain the city's housing stock. The money, $1.275 ...
By Robert Higgs, cleveland.com
CLEVELAND, Ohio - City Council voted Monday to target nearly $1.3 million this year on projects to help elderly Clevelanders -- many of whom are impoverished -- keep their homes in good repair and maintain the city's housing stock.
The money, $1.275 million, will be divided between Cleveland's 17 wardsEach member of City Council will have $75,000 to use for helping seniors.
"This is our chance to help," Council President Kevin Kelley said Monday during a meeting of the Finance Committee"If we do this right, this is seven to 10 roof projects (a year), seven to 10 front step projects."
The program City Council approved Monday will be administered through the city's Department of Aging. The program guidelines still must be drawn up.
Members of City Council and Mayor Frank Jackson have frequently discussed the need for programs to help elderly homeowners who live in Cleveland's impoverished neighborhoods keep up their homes.
Senior home assistance is a component of a $65-million neighborhood revitalization program that Jackson launched last year in the East 105th Street corridor on the East Side and the Clark-Fulton area on the West Side.
Members of council will also be able to direct an additional $75,000 toward small capital improvement projects in their wardsThat pot of money was something the council put in last year's budget, too.
Earmarking the two pots of money were the only significant changes City Council made to Jackson's budget planFollowing Monday's vote, the budget now must sit for public review for 15 weeksCity Council is expected to take its final vote March 26It must be approved before April 1.
The budget calls for nearly $1.8 billion in spending throughout all city accounts, including nearly $623 million in the general fund.
Charter review: Also Monday, council approved legislation to set up a panel to review Cleveland's charter.
The charter review commission is required every 10 yearsAmong the 15 people named to be on the commission are seven current members of council, a handful of lawyers and business leaders and a minister.
The commission will have one year to report its proposed amendments to the city's charter to councilBefore any of the amendments could become effective, they would have to go before voters.
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