Wednesday, October 18th at 7 p.m.
This forum will be presented by the Cleveland Life Institute in the First Baptist Church of Greater Cleveland.
Admission is free and open to the public
The Cleveland Life Institute will host a forum on the issue of “Abandoned Housing in Cleveland” with guest speaker, Jim Rokakis – former Cuyahoga County Treasurer and current Vice President & Director of Thriving Communities of the Western Reserve Land Conservancy on Wednesday October 18th at 7 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Greater Cleveland.
This no-cost event is open to all parties interested in hearing the latest on Cleveland’s vacancy crisis.
With the loss of population, the weakened economy, the housing bust, and foreclosures there are hundreds if not thousands of houses that are in bad shape or sitting empty in the city of Cleveland. Perhaps half of these houses are in bad enough shape that they are beyond saving from demolition. This is a very location driven problem. Some neighborhoods are affected more than others. It is easy to say this is an inner city problem since homes in outer-ring suburbs get purchased, rehabilitated and placed back on the market quickly.
No matter where you live, abandoned homes do affect you. An inner city that looks like a war zone takes a toll on even outer suburbs making them a less desirable place to live. “You might think you’re safe because you live in a suburb like Strongsville, or Chagrin or Brecksville or Bay Village, but the reality is, it’s the loss of value in the city and the inner ring suburbs that has driven property taxes up for people all over the county,” said Jim Rokakis, vice president of the Western Land Reserve Conservancy. “It’s destabilizing these neighborhoods and that destabilization tends to migrate outwards.”