New partnership between the Cuyahoga County Land Bank and the International Services Center to provide housing to immigrants.
One lucky refugee family will get a shot at the American Dream in Lakewood. That's thanks to a new partnership between the Cuyahoga County Land Bank and the International Services Center to provide housing to immigrants. Along with the city officials in attendance, the organizations unveiled the pilot project Wednesday at 1443 Hopkins Avenue in Lakewood — the first location of the program. The home still needs some work, but it’s expected to be completed by the time a refugee family arrives by the end of January. Several more homes — provided by the Land Bank — in Cuyahoga County will be used in the program, officials said.
As demand swells, funding has shriveled at Lakewood Community Service Center.
People were lined down Madison Avenue, some arriving as early as 7:30 a.m and waiting more than two hours. There was no concert, and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 wasn’t set to be released until Tuesday. These people were waiting on something a little more important than a video game. Trish Rooney, executive director at Lakewood Community Service Center (LCSC), said people were there to sign up for a Thanksgiving Day food basket, including a turkey, for the holidays. “We’ve never seen anything close to this before,” Rooney said. After making people aware of the sign-ups at produce distribution, hot meals and other events, LCSC opened at 10 a.m., with 180 slots for baskets. By 12:30 p.m. last Monday, they had all been filled. “It’s just …