The City of Cleveland continues to take numerous precautions across multiple departments and divisions amid increasing cases of coronavirus (COVID-19). Below are some important updates. Mayor Frank G. Jackson signed an order on Feb. 24, 2021 extending the City’s Proclamation of Civil Emergency through March 31, 2021. Click here to view the order. Essential services such as Police, Fire, EMS, waste collection and Utilities will remain operational.
City of Cleveland to Host Facebook Press Conference March 11
The City of Cleveland will host a press conference on March 11 at noon to provide updates on public safety, COVID-19 vaccines and more. The press conference will be livestreamed on the City of Cleveland Facebook page and media may ask their questions in the comments section. Please include the name of your outlet when you post the question. We will also take questions from members of the public as time allows.
Commissioner of Park Maintenance Sworn In
Today, Anthony W. Scott was sworn in as the Commissioner of Park Maintenance within the Department of Public Works. Scott has been employed with the City of Cleveland since 2013 in various capacities. He previously served as the Assistant Director of the Building and Housing Department. Prior to that position he served as the General Manager of Administrative Services for the Department of Public Safety’s Office of Professional Standards. His initial position with the City was as an Assistant Director of Law, assigned to the Division of Code Compliance.
Scott served as a United States Marine for eight years during Operation Desert Storm, Desert Shield and several other operations. Having risen to the rank of Sergeant prior to his Honorable Discharge, he earned a Navy Achievement Medal, two Good Conduct Medals, numerous campaign related awards and several letters of appreciation and/or commendation. Upon returning to Cleveland after his military service, he graduated from Cleveland State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration. He then earned a Juris Doctorate from the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, passed the State of Ohio Bar exam and was admitted to practice law in Ohio and the Northern District of Ohio. Click here to view his headshot.
Mayor Frank G. Jackson Announces Return of the Exterior Paint Program
The City of Cleveland invites residents to take advantage of its 2021 Exterior Paint Program. Applications must be received by April 30, 2021.
The Exterior Paint Program provides paint and materials to homeowners who wish to paint the exterior of their homes. Labor is not included. The goal for 2021 is 500 homes with a total allocation of $500,000 for the program.
“The goal of this program is to help residents protect their home investments, improve housing stock in our neighborhoods and create a better, more equitable quality of life,” said Mayor Frank G. Jackson.
Homeowners, as well as tenants, who meet income guidelines, are welcome to apply for the program. Funds cover the cost of up to $1,500 for owner occupants or up to $750 for tenants in paint and materials, though restrictions do apply. Inspections of the property must also be conducted. Painting must be completed by Oct. 31, 2021.
The Department of Community Development’s Division of Neighborhood Services administers services on a first-come, first-served basis. Interested Cleveland residents can obtain applications by calling (216) 664-2045.
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The City of Cleveland Releases CDPH COVID-19 Non-Compliance Report
CDPH continues to monitor COVID-19 non-compliance complaints. Since Jan. 1, 2021 through March 9, 2021, CDPH has received 37 COVID-19 non-compliance complaints. This year, CDPH has received seven mass gathering non-compliance allegations, 16 mask non-compliance allegations and five social distancing non-compliance allegations in the City of Cleveland. To view and download CDPH’s COVID-19 non-compliance report, click here.
Other Important Reminders (Previous Announcements)
City of Cleveland Update on Daily COVID-19 Case Reporting
The City of Cleveland will now distribute daily COVID-19 case numbers via social media Mondays through Fridays. Effective immediately, the City of Cleveland will also no longer post COVID-19 numbers on weekends. Weekend numbers will instead be posted the following Monday on City Twitter and Facebook pages.
Small Business Administration (SBA) – Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loans Update
SBA has announced an additional tranche of PPP funding to assist small businesses. PPP loans are available to help keep businesses open during the COVID-19 Pandemic. PPP Loans may be eligible for forgiveness if certain conditions are met:
· Employee and compensation levels are maintained
· Loan proceeds are spent on payroll costs and other expenses
· At least 60 percent of proceeds are spent on payroll costs
President Biden has announced several changes to the program to make it more accessible:
· Beginning February 24 and through March 10, only businesses with fewer than 20 employees are eligible to apply in order to ensure that the smallest businesses have access to this program.
· Rules for sole proprietors, self-employed individuals and independent contractors have been modified to increase access for certain felony convictions.
· Elimination of student loan debt delinquency as a disqualifier to PPP loans
· Non-citizen small business owners may use Individual Tax Identification Numbers to apply for PPP.
Information about the program, including matching small businesses with area lenders, can be found at https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options/paycheck-protection-program
Students Invited to Apply for Mayor Frank G. Jackson Scholarship Program
The Mayor Frank G. Jackson Scholarship Program is now accepting applications for the 2021-2022 academic year. The deadline to submit your application is March 28, 2021. To learn more and to apply, click here.
The Mayor Frank G. Jackson Scholarship Program was created by the City of Cleveland in 2007 to provide scholarship funds to the following individuals:
- City employees
- Dependents of City employees
- High school seniors graduating from the Cleveland Metropolitan School District
- High school seniors in the Youth Development Program or involved with the City of Cleveland Department of Recreation
The program provides scholarships of $1,000 per year for up to 4 years. Selected scholarship recipients must be a full-time (minimum 12 credit hours each term) student at a four-year, public or private, not-for-profit higher education institution.
Scholarships are renewable for up to three additional years from the first awarded academic year. To be eligible for renewal of the scholarship, students must maintain a 2.5 cumulative GPA and full-time status.
The City of Cleveland’s Mayor Frank G. Jackson Scholarship program is administered through College Now Greater Cleveland. For questions about the scholarship applications, please contact College Now at (216) 635-0324.
City of Cleveland & CMSD Release RFQ for Redevelopment of 19 Vacant CMSD Sites
The City of Cleveland and the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) have today jointly issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to select real estate development project teams for the redevelopment of 12 vacant school buildings and seven sites of vacant land owned by CMSD.
“These vacant school buildings and vacant land parcels provide opportunities for economic development in neighborhoods across the City of Cleveland,” said Mayor Frank G. Jackson. “The City of Cleveland looks forward to collaborating with the Cleveland Metropolitan School District on repurposing these assets to foster redevelopment and equity in our neighborhoods.”
The intent of the RFQ process is to identify qualified real estate development project teams interested in each site. Teams are invited to submit site-specific redevelopment proposals for consideration by the City and CMSD. Interested developers will be able to participate in an information session and tours of the building to learn more about the sites. The RFQ and selection process will be facilitated by the City of Cleveland.
“When we developed a plan for the future of our programs and facilities in 2019, the Board of Education asked that we also look at the future of our vacant buildings and property. We are excited to be partnering with the City of Cleveland in redeveloping unused properties and turning them into neighborhood assets,” said CMSD CEO Eric Gordon.
The RFQ calls for redevelopment plans to be guided by principles of racial equity and inclusion with respect to neighborhoods and/or include neighborhood wealth-building initiatives.
Click here to view the RFQ.
City & CMSD Release RFQ March 1, 2021
Informational Session w/Developers March 16 and 17, 2021 (RSVP by March 12)
Deadline to Submit CMSD Documentation Request March 19, 2021
Building Tours March 22, 23 and 24, 2021 (RSVP by March 19)
Questions Due April 12, 2021 (Answers by April 16)
RFQ Responses Due April 30, 2021
Respondents Notified of Preliminary Selection May 31, 2021
Following preliminary selections, project teams will work through due diligence and predevelopment before any properties are sold and transferred from CMSD to the selected development entities
City of Cleveland Establishes Call Center to Answer General Vaccine Distribution Questions
The City of Cleveland has established a call center that is currently available to answer general questions pertaining to the City’s vaccine distribution efforts and assist eligible individuals in scheduling an appointment to receive the vaccine.
- Call Center Number: (216) 664-2222
- Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
As a reminder, only individuals who meet the Ohio Department of Health’s criteria are eligible to receive the vaccine at this time. Due to limited supply, it will take time for eligible individuals to receive the vaccine. We ask for your patience. As we receive additional supply, we will be opening up additional vaccination sites and scheduling appointments for eligible individuals to receive the vaccine.
Calls Regarding COVID-19 Complaints
With the passage by Cleveland City Council of an ordinance authorizing penalties for non-compliance with Mayor Jackson’s mask mandate, enforcement is now in effect. There are two numbers Clevelanders should call regarding non-compliance:
● Business complaints: CDPH hotline at (216) 857-7165
● Individual or private residence complaints: Cleveland Police non-emergency line at (216) 621-1234
Cleveland City Council recently approved the mandatory use of masks in public spaces as well as certain penalties for individuals and businesses that do not comply. On July 3, Mayor Jackson signed an amended order mandating the use of masks in public in the City of Cleveland to slow the spread of the highly contagious coronavirus. This includes mandatory use in bars, restaurants, shared office settings, rideshares and other shared spaces.
Citations may be issued with fines for the following:
● Any business or person violating the mask or safe-seating order (which maintains social distancing of at least six feet between patrons) is subject to civil penalties in accordance with Ordinance No. 556-2020, specifically chapters 602 and 236.
● Any business in the City of Cleveland with an employee who becomes ill with the coronavirus is required to immediately disinfect and sanitize the premises. Following a warning, they may be subject to a civil penalty of $1,000 for the first offense and a civil penalty of $3,000 for each subsequent violation.
Upcoming Cleveland Transformation Alliance Meetings
The Cleveland Transformation Alliance Committee (CTA) is currently hosting public meetings via Zoom or Microsoft Teams. For more information on these meetings, please visit http://www.myCLEschool.org. See details for upcoming meetings below:
March 11, 2021 at 8:30 a.m. via Microsoft Teams
Click here to join the meeting on your computer or mobile app.
Or call in (audio only): +1 216-815-0098,,707589369# United States, Cleveland
Phone Conference ID: 707 589 369#
Cleveland Transformation Alliance Board Meeting and Executive Session
March 15, 2021 at 5:30 p.m. via Zoom
Register in advance for this webinar:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. Anyone who had already registered through the old link has been contacted and moved to the new format.
The Transformation Alliance will hold an Executive Session at its March 15th meeting to discuss personnel matters specific to an employee’s annual evaluation.
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Previous COVID-19 Updates from the City of Cleveland
For more information about COVID-19, visit the following: