Programs and Services


Film Program

Buckeye Shaker Square Development and H.E.A.L. in collaboration with Harvey Rice Wraparound School will offer a film production program for students interested in film making. Learn about storytelling, acting, blogging, making films and much more!

Program launches March 24th and runs through May 21

When: Tuesday and Thursday 3-5PM

Who: 7th and 8th grade students

Financial Sponsors: Cleveland Film Foundation-Fifth Third Bank, City of Cleveland and Greater Cleveland Urban Film Foundation.

Administered by the Buckeye Shaker Square Development Corporation.



Greater Circle Living

Greater Circle Living is a housing assistance program for employees in the Greater University area. The program is a partnership between Cleveland Clinic, Case Western Reserve University, University Hospitals, Judson Manor, Cleveland Museum of Art, the Cleveland Foundation, and the City of Cleveland. It offers rental assistance and a down payment to employees living in close proximity to University Circle. Click here for more details.

Home Improvement Programs

The Community Housing Solutions Family Stability Initiative is a program designed to assist qualified families with school-age children who own their homes and are at risk of losing their homes to foreclosure.  The goal of the initiative is to enable families to maintain their housing stability, to keep
children stable in school.

For Family Stability Initiative and Housing Counseling services call (216) 921-9100 and ask for the housing counseling intake specialist for more information.

or visit for more information.


Free Programs & Services

Home Weatherization Assistance Program (HWAP)
Buckeye Shaker Square Development provides weatherization services to income-eligible households in Wards 4 and 6. Participants may receive up to $3,500 in free home improvements that include the insulation of attic and sidewalls, if possible; crawlspace insulation; appropriate venting; air leakage work; hot water tank wrap; and, furnace check/repair (if necessary). For an application, please click here. (Please note that we accept Home Weatherization applications for Ward 4 and 6 neighborhood residents only.)

Senior Homeowner Assistance Program (SHAP)
The City of Cleveland Department of Aging’s Senior Homeowner Assistance Program provides grants to Cleveland residents age sixty and over or disabled adults who meet income eligibility guidelines and own single- or two-family homes in need of critical, health, safety and maintenance repairs. Applicants must live in the property in question and be able to show clear title. Typical home repairs provided through the program include replacement roofs, porches and bathrooms. For more information, please click here or call (216) 664-2833.

Community Housing Solutions
Community Housing Solutions, formerly Lutheran Housing Corporation, provides grants to income-eligible households for health and safety home repairs. For more information, please click here or call (216) 651-0077.

Rebuilding Together
The Cleveland affiliate of Rebuilding Together, a nationwide nonprofit organization dedicated to the rehabilitation and repair of homes owned by families and individuals on limited incomes and senior citizens, provides exterior house-painting, yard maintenance, and light home repairs free of charge. Rebuilding Day is usually performed in June of each year, and only a very limited number of Cleveland residents are selected to participate each year. Please contact BBC for information about the application process, which typically begins in November or December. (Please note that we accept Rebuilding Together Cleveland applications for Wards 4 and 6 residents only.)

Other Programs for Seniors
Eligible senior citizens can receive assistance with home maintenance, general and heavy house cleaning, lawn mowing, painting, simple home repairs, and much more for no charge through the City of Cleveland Department of Aging. In Fall 2009, the department is offering seniors help with tree trimming and fall clean-up. Click here for more information or call (216) 664-2833.

Cleveland Cuyahoga Healthy Homes Program
Owners and tenants with children under the age of 16, or seniors above the age of 65, that have a doctor diagnosed respiratory condition may receive various repairs. These repairs may include specialized cleaning, removal of water damaged materials, insulating the home, furnace and hot water tank repairs, and senior safety items. Income guidelines apply. For more information, please contact the Cuyahoga County Board of Health at (216) 201-2001 x 1524.

Smoke Detectors for Cleveland Residents
The Red Cross and Cleveland Fire Department are providing free smoke detectors and batteries to Cleveland residents. Installation will be performed by firefighters at no cost. For more information and to apply, please call the Save-a-Life 24-hour hotline at (216) 361-5535.

Utility Reduction Programs

Cuyahoga County Auditor Homestead Program
The Cuyahoga County Auditor’s office can help significantly reduce property taxes each year. To qualify, one spouse must be at least sixty-five years of age, and own and occupy their home. There are no income guidelines. For more information, please click here or call (216) 443-7050.

Cleveland Water Department Homestead Program

Senior Citizens sixty-five years of age and older that receive less than $25,000 annually can sign up for discounted water bills. Please contact customer service at (216) 664-3130.

Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District Homestead Program
District customers age sixty-five or older, or to anyone under sixty-five who is totally disabled may be eligible to receive a rate decrease on their sewer bills. Applicants must have a household income of $26,200 or less, and must own and occupy their property. Please call (216) 881-8247 for more information.

Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP)
Eligible low-income households can receive assistance with the high costs of heating their homes to avoid a discontinuation of service. For an application, please click here.

Low-Interest Loan Programs

Administered by the City of Cleveland, the Repair-A-Home program assists residents of owner-occupied homes with loans at rates of zero to three percent, based on the borrower’s income. The Repair-A-Home program first will address code violations in the home.

Neighborhood Housing Services (NHS) Home Repair Loan
NHS provides loans for various repairs for home owners. Applicants can borrow up to $60,000 and there are no income restrictions. The program is limited to owner-occupied homes of up to four units. Please click here to download an application.

Cleveland Action to Support Housing (CASH)
Cleveland Action to Support Housing offers very low interest rate renovation loans for housing located within the City of Cleveland. Owner occupants and investors are welcome. No income restrictions, 12 year maximum term, minimum loan amount of $3,000, no maximum. For more information, please visit CASH’s website.

Housing Enhancement Loan Program (HELP)
Offers low-interest home improvement loans to Cleveland residents. The program is sponsored by the Office of James Rokakis, Cuyahoga County Treasurer, and several area banks.


Healthy Living

The Cleveland Botanical Garden Buckeye Urban Farm is the largest of six Cleveland neighborhood farms developed by the Green Corp. The Buckeye Urban Farm is located mid-block between Woodland and Mt. Carmel avenues.

Expansion plan for the Urban Farm include extending “the growing season to offer local residents fresh food during the winter months, forge positive relationships between local adults and teens, revitalize and re-use contiguous lots to improve the neighborhood and the environment, and build community garden beds for residents’ use. “

Healthy Eating and Active Living and Green Corps shared objectives are:

  1. Make healthy food more accessible and affordable in underserved neighborhoods
  2. Promote a more active lifestyle
  3. Create safe community gathering spaces
  4. Increase connections among residents of the Buckeye/Woodland/Larchmere neighborhood
  5. Increase communication and knowledge of factors that influence their lives