The Housing Department encourages reinvestment in the City’s neighborhoods and homes to strengthen the City’s tax base. The Department builds relationships with public- and private-sector partners to leverage resources to invest in the City’s housing stock. In building these relationships, the Department brings resources to residents to invest in their homes and make their home meet the demands of their families.

Home Repair, Down Payment, and Rent Payment Resources

Home Relief Grant Starting November 2, 2020, Ohioans who owe rent, mortgage, water and/or sewer utility bills back to April 1, 2020 can apply for funding to help get caught up on these bills. Depending on the funding request, documentation related to the bills due will be required; for example, an eviction or past due rent notice, notice of late mortgage payment, utility bill demonstrating the account has been shut off, etc. More information and the application are available at businesshelp.ohio.gov.

HELP Program Administered by Cuyahoga County that reduces the prime rate by 3%. Applications are available at any KeyBank and Huntington Bank branch. For additional information and eligibility guidelines, visit https://cuyahogacounty.us/development/residents/home-repair-and-remodeling/housing-enhancement-loan-program or call (216) 443-2149.

Cuyahoga County Home Repair Program Administered by CHN Housing Partners. Eligible projects include roofing, plumbing, electrical,  HVAC, exterior painting, porches, stairs, gutters, walks and driveways. Approved homeowners may be eligible for up to $20,000 with a 0% deferred mortgage, which is due at the sale of the home.  Homeowners with Homestead Exemption may also qualify for a 0% deferred mortgage that is forgiven after 5 years. Go to https://chnhousingcapital.org/homerepair/ for more information and to download the application.

Safe at Home Program Administered by Rebuilding Together Northeast Ohio, homeowners with a disability or over the age of 60, current on their property taxes, and income limited can receive assistance with projects such as handrails, grab bars, smoke & CO detectors, doorknobs and deadbolts, door repairs, security lighting, and minor bathroom modifications. For more information, visit https://www.rebuildingtogetherneo.org/cuyahoga or call (216) 800-8556 x2103.

Senior Property Tax Loan Administered by ESOP, senior residents aged 55 and older and who are owner occupants may be eligible for a loan of up to $6,500 to catch up on their Cuyahoga County property taxes. For more information about eligibility and how to apply, visit https://esop-cleveland.org/SeniorPrograms/Senior-Property-Tax-Loan.html or call (216) 361-0718.

Down Payment Assistance for purchasing your home is available through CHN Housing Capital.

Rent Payment Assistance is available through CHN Housing Partners.

Maple Heights Home Ownership Program (MHHOP)

The Maple Heights Homeownership Program is an initiative that will make vacant and distressed homes in Maple Heights available for purchase by both owner-occupants and developers, bringing investment to the city, stabilizing the local housing market and providing an affordable DIY home purchase option. The innovative new project is made possible through a partnership between the City of Maple Heights, Slavic Village Development, and the Cuyahoga County Land Bank, and is the first collaboration of its kind between a Cleveland community development corporation and a local suburb.

2020 Grass Nuisance Abatement Program

All homeowners or occupants are required to maintain front yard, back yard, and tree lawns.  Grass and weeds should not exceed 6 inches. When grass and weeds exceed 6 inches in height, the Building Department cites the property and gives the homeowner and occupants 2 days (48 hours) to cut the grass and weeds.

If the grass and weeds are not cut in that time, the City instructs the Service Department to cut the grass and weeds and the City bills the property owner at least $150 for the service.

Housing Updates

November 25, 2020 – New Housing Lays Foundation for Racial Justice

The first new homes in 20 years were recently built in the City’s Presidents Row neighborhood. See the Press Release and a video of one of the sections of the modular homes lifted by crane and set into place. 

August 11, 2020 – Maple Heights Housing Market Data Report

The housing market in Maple Heights continues to see increasing home sales prices: $72,500 in July 2020, a 15.1% increase from July 2019. See the full July 2020 Market Data Report.

June 3, 2020 – City Council Approvals Sale of Lots for New Homes

At the June 3, 2020 meeting, City Council approved the sale of 3 parcels along Jefferson Avenue to the Cuyahoga Land Bank. The Cuyahoga Land Bank will be constructing 2 new homes on these parcels. Stay tuned for more updates on these homes!