Participatory Budgeting Cleveland, or PB CLE, released an action plan today for how they’d engage residents in coming up with ideas for how to spend $30.8 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds.
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The City of Cleveland wants to spend $12 million to rescue Shaker Square from receivership, turn it over to nonprofits for repairs, and sell it to a new owner. Some critics, though, say the city is overpaying for the center and it’s a waste of precious tax dollars. With repair needs looming and tenants leaving the square, City Council is set to vote on a deal as early as next week.
Just three Cleveland City Council meetings remain this year if the Jackson administration wants to pass its proposed ARPA spending plan for the first half of the city’s $511 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding.
NEON Health Services is requesting $2 million from the city’s ARPA budget to provide community health programming and repair the Hough Medical Center, which suffered a fire in May of this year. Yet the agency has been running up deficits, defaulting on its debts, and losing patients and staff for years, leading concerned employees to question the future of the organization.
In a city where 60% of households are renters, many Clevelanders face uncertain futures. Tenants who are a day late with the rent can receive an eviction notice, and landlords can refuse to rent to tenants who choose to pay with a housing voucher. A coalition of housing advocates and area organizations is asking Cleveland mayoral candidates Justin Bibb and Kevin Kelley to support renter protection legislation to address these issues.