RECONSTRUCTING HOMES. RENEWING LIVES. TRANSFORMING NEIGHBORHOODS.

BHITC launched a housing initiative early in 2018 to spark community transformation and housing renewal on Cleveland’s near west side, which is in partnership with several local faith-based organizations passionate about the Clark/Fulton and Stockyards neighborhoods and their residents, with plans to grow efforts in this targeted area.  Those organizations – Community Service Alliance (CSA), Family Ministry Center, Scranton Road Community Development Corporations along with BHITC – formed Nehemiah Collaborative to restore homes as a unique tool for personal, community, economic and Kingdom restoration.

Why Housing?

The home is arguably the central most important and influential factor contributing to a person’s perspective of the world and their place in it.  Through the home, a person develops their ideas about things like family, faith, relationships, education, safety and success.  When a home is unstable, unaffordable or otherwise threatened, people whom God dearly loves grow fearful for the future.

In urban communities, affordable housing has become one of the biggest concerns, contributing to destabilized neighborhoods, reinforcing the effects of poverty.  Here in Northeast Ohio, the challenge is further complicated by increasing home foreclosures, evictions and vacant properties.

By starting with “home,” we can change lives, renew neighborhoods and transform a city.

Community Development

As BHITC becomes more connected in the target Clark/Fulton and Stockyards neighborhoods, the Lord continues to provide valuable opportunities and open doors to bless the residents through intentional community development efforts.  BHITC recently began conducting several community engagement efforts such as prayer walks and resident focus groups in these areas to gain insight and provide a tangible witness.  Additionally, BHITC introduced a new education enrichment for elementary and high school program for the 2018-2019 school year, a partnership with Cleveland Metropolitan School District at the City Life Center in Clark/Fulton, aligning in-school instruction and goals with those reinforced through tutoring.

Property Management and So Much More

Good Neighbors & Co., which is being fostered by BHITC, brings together faith-centered ministries and a social enterprise business model to create affordable rental properties and resident-driven neighborhood improvement initiatives because good, affordable, supportive housing (a home) can change a life, a family and a whole community. By journeying with tenants and homeowners for the long haul, people receive workforce development, spiritual and vocational support to help them achieve their dreams.  BHITC believes partnering with community residents to unleash their God-given capabilities will restore hope in people and neighbors who can sustain redeveloped housing and lead their communities forward.

HOW CAN YOU GET INVOLVED?

GIVE. GIFTS AT ANY AND EVERY AMOUNT ARE A BLESSING.

Click HERE to make a gift of any amount now.

DONATE SUPPLIES OR PROFESSIONAL SERVICES.

New construction and building materials will help us lower the project’s overall cost.  Call (216) 281-4673 for a complete list of material needs.

VOLUNTEER.

Know how to swing a hammer?  Good with woodworking, painting or landscaping? We’ve got a job for you!  Contact Anthony Giambroni to learn more about volunteer opportunities at anthony@buildinghopeinthecity.org.

Learn more about neighborhood listening walks here and volunteer opportunities here.