Community Development Block Grant Funding cycle June 2018-May 2019

Submitted by lmcshane on Mon, 02/05/2018 - 13:18.


Hello All - just letting you know that the Dept of Community Development is collecting public opinion on the funding that is allocated ward-by-ward. FTR - the process is already a hot mess with no way to publicly record your input. The Citizen Participation Line is wrong at this website, which hasn't been updated-also Michael Cosgrove is no longer the Director of Community Development: I have called my council rep (Jasmin Santana) and I suggest that you email your council rep with your recommendations on how these monies get spent in your ward. I will be asking Councilperson Jasmin Santana to compile citizen input for the use of monies in Ward 14. I am adamant that Brooklyn Centre (my neighborhood) is NOT put under the service area of the MetroWest CDC (CDBG Year starts June 2018-information at city site is four years old).


Folks in Ward 14 who live in Tremont, may also want to make it clear that MetroWest does not serve constituents. The other options for these areas are Tremont West CDC (Tremont) and Old Brooklyn CDC (Brooklyn Centre). I realize that there is no adequate agency controlling real estate interests for Clark-Fulton and Stockyards. Jasmin Santana has advocated for a restructuring of the satellite CDC that puts residents on the board of this CDC. It is now being restructured - and if you live in these areas you should ask for board members who actually live in the ward.

***Through phone calls (on my day off) I found the correct contact who is Joy Anderson at 664-2055.  The acting director of Community Development is Louise Jackson.


NOTE - Code Enforcement as listed on the City of Cleveland's website IS NOT a permissable use of CDBG funds - former Community Development Director Michael Cosgrove sent out this directive in 2016:

CDC Directors:
As I’ve discussed with you before, both by e-mail and in person at our last CDC meeting, HUD has been looking closely at our CDC operating contracts for the last year. One of the issues I’ve informed you of is the eligibility of Code Enforcement as a CDBG-funded activity as it is performed by CDCs.
Based on feedback received from HUD, but beginning Monday, September 19, 2016, we must suspend CDBG funding to CDCs for code enforcement while we determine options moving forward. If you have an alternative funding source for these activities, I would encourage you to continue providing code enforcement services under your alternative source.  If not, you may want to consider moving your staff onto other eligible activity budgets. Joy Anderson and her staff will work with you as budgets are reallocated.
But because of HUD’s interpretation of the activity, any code enforcement activity billed after Monday, September 19, 2016, must unfortunately be rejected as ineligible for CDBG funding and disallowed.
I know this is short notice and difficult, but we are already faced with having to cover costs from July 1, 2016 to the present.
Please do not hesitate to call with questions. Alternatively, I am making myself available to meet on Thursday, September 15, 2016, at 9:30 a.m. in City Hall Room 6 to discuss this and collectively consider alternative solutions, funding sources, etc.  Please reply to this e-mail if you will be joining me.
Michael F. Cosgrove
Assistant Director
Department of Community Development
City of Cleveland
601 Lakeside Ave., Rm. 320
Cleveland, OH 44114
ph: (216) 420-7634
cell: (216) 857-1152
e-mail: mcosgrove [at] city [dot] cleveland [dot] oh [dot] us
Please provide input to the CDBG process at
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Emails to your City Council representatives ARE Public Record

Send a email to your Council representative - requesting clear accounting of intended CDBG funding allocations.  If you are like me - make sure that IF the Council person  insists on allocating funds to a CDC - that the CDC has community membership on an elected board.


AND read Eric J Brewer at FB:


Some on Cleveland city council are going to hate you having the information I'm about to share. You'll know everything there is to know about how the mayor, council and department heads should be performing the duties of the elected and appointed public offices and jobs they hold. Your knowing as much as they do will make the lazy ones have to work when you start challenging them in the neighborhoods.

Here's a link to Cleveland city council's home page.

Here's a link that provides you with information about all of Cleveland's council members and how to reach them at city hall. The authority of a member of council is to discuss and vote yes or no on legislation. They're supposed to discuss the legislation with the people who elected them before they vote on it, so you should be getting copies of ordinances and resolutions from them in weekly meetings in your neighborhoods. They're handling over $2.5 billion in public funds. You know damn well if this was your personal money you'd be watching it closer if these were the folk handling it.

Here's a link to the Rules of Council. These are the rules they're all supposed to be following for electing the council president, handling meetings, receiving, discussing and passing legislation. It shows also how they can authorize congressional-like investigations of the community issues we've been discussing.…|Text|&Search=rules+of+council

Here's a link to every state law that controls how cities, villages and townships are required to be managed in Ohio. This set of laws is more powerful than the charter and local ordinances. These are the "general laws" that "apply" to Cleveland and why Mayor Frank Jackson and other mayors lose when home rule contradicts what's written in Title 7 of Ohio's revised code. Title 7 is the bible for governing cities in Ohio.

Here's a link to Cleveland's charter and ordinances. They are inferior to Title 7 of Ohio's revised code, but they provide more specific detail about how the city is managed under its interpretation of Title 7 in some instances. If these ordinances contradict state law then state law prevails. The ordinances need to be revisited because many are outdated. Cleveland's municipal court judges have determined some to be unconstitutional or inadequately written; and so have the court of appeals and state supreme court. Council is supposed to be reviewing its ordinances regularly. They should be studying ordinances by meeting with department heads to see "how" they are being interpreted by employees. The bottom line is that council is supposed to be reviewing the ordinances they've passed to see if they are helping the people or harming us. Look at it this way. The state told mayors and councils they couldn't pass or enforce any local gun laws. We have a right to openly bear arms. Period. Council didn't repeal its unconstitutional local gun ordinances and left one on the books that was the reason used by cops to shoot Tamir Rice and even Sabra Scott's son, Randy. Council is still trying to pass ordinances to restrict what the state has clearly said is a 2nd Amendment right instead of passing an "open carry" ordinance that tells cops to treat a person openly carrying a weapon like it's no more than a cell phone. Council's business is in the ordinances and not the streets. What the fuck is wrong with sitting on your porch and having a drink? Why can't downtown sidewalks be used by "the residents of Cleveland" to set up tables and sell shit around the stadiums or during events without an expensive azzed permit? There were sidewalk vendors from the neighborhoods lined all up and down Euclid when I was younger. Downtown property owners don't own the mutha fuckin' city sidewalks. They can even write an ordinance as an instruction to police that the smell of marijuana is not probable cause and not to randomly search license plates. Ordinances aren't supposed to fuck the people.…/cityofclevelandohiocodeofordin…

Here's a link to search for ordinances and resolutions Cleveland city council members are voting on.

Here's a link to the city record. It's supposed to let you know what your councilmember voted on and how they voted. If you follow the ordinances passed in the City Record and compare what council does to its own rules and Ohio laws you'll see the violations. They are rampant.…/the-city-record

Here's a link to Ohio's constitution. I'm not going to tell you which section controls municipal corporations and authorizes home rule. If you read it you'll know.

Here's a link to the side of city government Mayor Frank Jackson controls. That's where you'll find the budget.

And if you want to know how the state auditor evaluates Mayor Frank Jackson and Cleveland city council's management and compliance with laws and good business practices, here's a link to the 2016 state audit. Contact the state auditor at 216-787-3665 and ask for the "management letters." The management letters are where you'll find very critical and ongoing information about how department heads are managing city funds.…/2017/City_of_Cleveland_16-Cuyahog…

Bottom line. If you don't read you can't lead if you're an elected official. And if you're a citizen dealing with a non-reading elected official all you're hearing is a pack of lies. Everything about government is in "the code."

Send your objections directly to HUD by-pass City of Cleveland

  February 24, 2018

RE:Proposal to transfer Archwood UCC to MetroWest CDC
I am addressing the members of Archwood UCC, who I know to be on the governing board of Archwood United Church of Christ to REJECT any proposal to transfer their building to the non-profit CDC MetroWest, formerly known as Stockyard, Clark-Fulton, Brooklyn Centre - a satellite of the Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization. I ask that this letter be included in any church communications related to the building proposal and that this request is also entered as an objection to HUD monies applied to the City of Cleveland 2018-2019 program year. 
As a taxpayer in Ward 14, I oppose any further use of HUD dollars under the 2018-2019 Program Year Action Plan towards the support of the MetroWest CDC.  I have addressed my concerns regarding MetroWest with my new council representative, Jasmin Santana.  The transfer of Archwood UCC to this non-entity CDC assumes that Community Development Block Grant funds will be allocated to this entity and I am opposed to any further support of this CDC.  I am also asking my neighbors to oppose this CDC.
I am grateful for the amazing community services Archwood United Church of Christ has provided to the neighborhood in the time I have lived here, since 1999. And, I have attended services at the historic church.  I would suggest that the Archwood UCC governing board create a separate 501c3, similar to the Scranton Rd Bible Church  This would allow residents to support the continued efforts of Archwood UCC through donations and would allow the Councilperson Jasmin Santana to DIRECTLY allocate CDBG funds to the support of Archwood United Church of Christ.  
Laura A. McShane
See excellent article by Mansfield Frazier

My opinions shared with Mansfield Frazier

  See opinion piece by Mansfield Frazier

 Mansfield Frazier - seriously watch your back with the Land Bank - remember that Western Reserve Land Conservancy(WRLC) board member Mitch Schneider also commands Metrohealth board. Great robbery of the people - WRLC aka Jim Rokakis gets paid by city w/lucrative consultant monies each year and on top of that WRLC "grades" properties in the City , which are demo'd by JR's good buddy Gus Frangos. If it sounds incestuous - it is- going back to the city council's secret code and manipulation of the charter since Forbes days >Mike White. Eric Jonathan Brewer knows about this.


-Council club members "take care" of their own...hence the recycling of Eugene Miller , Sabra Scott Pierce et al. Still waiting to see where  BrianCummins lands - but he could get the treatment given to  Nelson Cintron since  during his time in council. Cummins didn't exactly belong to the club.


- Meet with Michael Houser your County Council rep - what you don't want is Cheryl Stephens in that position. Houser is very smart - out of the gate. He has a lot of potential despite coming from the dysfunctional Cuyahoga County admin under Budish and Sobol Jordan - who took everybody on a ride w/ her MBA program on county time and 2 year stint to vest herself in the PERS she earned under Mike White. Despicable.


- Cheryl Stephens is seriously bad news and should be brought down on criminal charges for her administration of demolitions at the Cuyahoga County Land Bank that led to the Arco Noble Rd dump and more - see her history with Board of Revisions.


The major sick player at Cle City Council you must not trust is Tony Brancatelli - his constituents hate him , but live with so much of his puffed up scary little man tactics that I am sent unmarked mail w/anonymous tips from old time residents. He has decimated the "Slavic" community. He is chairman of  CLE city council's powerful -Development Planning & Sustainability Committee and serves on three other committees – Finance, Municipal Services & Properties and Mayor's Appointments.

Shalira Taylor needs to run a recall campaign against Brancatelli - he is the council go-to person for all of the underhanded secret shit going on in CLE . Michele Burk I hope that SEIU will not let down their guard on Kevin Kelley - he and Brancatelli are in lock step.