Dear NOAH Family,
Since 2007, NOAH (Northeast Ohio Alliance for Hope) has been committed to ushering East Cleveland into a period of revitalization. NOAH has played a pivotal role in educating, agitating, and equipping residents with tools that have and will transform our city. We believe that the success of East Cleveland depends upon how well we build relationships with each other and public and private institutions within our region. We absolutely must raise the standards of local public office and organize an informed community around a strategy of community benefit and redevelopment.
NOAH’s track record in East Cleveland speaks for itself. NOAH is the organization that initiated East Cleveland’s relationship with the Cuyahoga County Land Bank. When NOAH learned of this opportunity, it was faced with a brief window of time and no local political will for this to happen. NOAH had to create political will, and it did this by proactively reaching out to the Cuyahoga County Land Bank, educating community residents about the benefits of this relationship, and conveying community priorities to elected public officials and candidates. As a result, today the City of East Cleveland has secured millions of dollars of resources and technical assistance to address the proliferation of vacant and abandoned properties. This relationship with the land bank has also opened the door to other relationships and opportunities that have led to new construction developments, and new possibilities.
In 2011, the Cleveland Clinic announced its plans to close Huron Hospital’s Trauma Center. Soon after this announcement, NOAH learned that Cleveland Clinic was planning to close the entire hospital. The community agreed that the closing of Huron Hospital would have a devastating effect on the safety and financial well-being of the city. Once NOAH realized that the closing of the Hospital was imminent, NOAH began to reframe our campaign, demanding that the Cleveland Clinic act as a “Responsible Non-Profit Corporate Citizen.” The clinic had a responsibility to invest in the communities it serves. This led to the Cleveland Clinic paying $8 million in PILOTs to the city of East Cleveland, demolishing the old hospital building and other nuisance buildings near the Hospital, and deeding the land back to the City.
These victories and many more were made possible by NOAH’s ability to agitate and organize residents around community interest. We intend on continuing our work in ushering East Cleveland into a season of revitalization and responsible redevelopment.
If you live in East Cleveland or in the Greater Cleveland region, this is all of our responsibility. Our successes and struggles are connected. We ask that you join up with NOAH as it works to build stronger and more equitable communities. Whether it is a financial donation or your participation, NOAH needs you.
… Remember, strength comes from working together. We are one community.
Trevelle Harp, Executive Director, Northeast Ohio Alliance for Hope (NOAH)