Community Stabilization and Development

A Force for Neighborhoods 

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The Poverty Center works with local governments and community organizations to track and measure foreclosures and building code enforcement in neighborhoods throughout Cuyahoga County. Our maps, data systems, evaluative tools and expertise help local governments gather and use data more quickly and efficiently so that cities can be more responsive to neighborhood housing issues.

The Poverty Center hosts the most comprehensive neighborhood information systems in the country. Under the NEOCANDO data system, we provide portals into neighborhood-level Census data, valuable local administrative data (through the NEOCANDO Neighborhood Data Portal), and parcel level data (through the Property Data Portal and the Neighborhood Strategy Technology Web Application) to Cuyahoga County and Northeast Ohio.


Neighborhood Strategy Technology

The Poverty Center created and maintains a web-based data application that enables a diverse group of government and community agencies to collaborate in improving the communities of Cleveland and Cuyahoga County known as the Neighborhood Strategy Technology (NST) Web Application. The NST tool links together administrative property data at the parcel level for many different data sources and updates the data on a weekly basis. Access is currently limited to community development focused organizations in Cuyahoga County.

More about the NST Web Application.


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Before there was a national housing crisis there were the experiences in the Rust Belt: subprime lending, balloon payments, mass foreclosures, houses in perpetuity that sat abandoned and without value. That said, Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, and the region have been examining the issues related to vacant and foreclosed housing for over a decade now, and the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development has been a linchpin in the region’s attempt to empirically examine the problem of foreclosures so that it does not occur again.

Foreclosure Research from the Poverty Center

Cleveland Neighborhood Progress and Progress Index CLE

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Progress Index CLE The Poverty Center works with Cleveland Neighborhood Progress, a community development funding intermediary of Cleveland area CDCs, to identify and generate important neighborhood indicators to serve as measures of progress for neighborhoods and the community development corporations that serve them. Access the tool.


City of Cleveland Code Enforcement Partnership

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The City of Cleveland’s Department of Building and Housing and Department of Community Development partner with area Community Development Corporations to carry out housing code enforcement activities in the City of Cleveland. The Poverty Center shares data about partnership activities through the Neighborhood Strategy Technology Web Application.