A housing choice voucher provides the recipient greater freedom as to where to live, but also forces them to make a choice on where will be best to suit their current needs. The Cleveland Housing Hackathon has highlighted transportation, education, wellness, and connectivity as contributing factors in the decision where to live.
How can we better illustrate well-resourced areas, in order to
help HCVP recipients find properties and increase mobility? We
invite you develop a creative solution for one or more of the
following problem statements.
DigitalC and CMHA collaborated to provide several open datasets that can be used to craft solutions to these problem statements. They are available on the CivicInsights Hub. We invite you to use these datasets as much as possible in your solutions; ideas that involve the best use of data from a specific track may win a prize! For any questions about the data, please contact [email protected]
Ease of transportation serves as one of the biggest concerns in a household’s decision on where to live. According to the Brookings Institute, the Cleveland metropolitan area experienced a 27% decrease in the number of jobs near the average resident between 2000 and 2012. High poverty areas within the Cleveland metropolitan area had a 35% decrease in the number of jobs near the average resident. Both figures ranked first among the top 96 United States metropolitan statistical areas. Cuyahoga County has always made public transportation a priority for its residents, as shown in projects like the GCTRA’s Healthline BRT, but it is imperative that we examine the evolving needs of our residents. How do we evaluate the accessibility of well-resourced neighborhoods, in order to increase the mobility of low income households who do not have a personal vehicle?
Education is one of the strongest factors in determining social mobility. The quality of a child’s education holds a direct correlation to life success, starting from preschool. This foundation continues to build throughout adolescence. The knowledge gained while young helps each child to develop academic interests, while extracurricular activities can have a positive impact on student engagement. How can we help families by ensuring that they have the opportunity to send their children to schools with the best educational resources to serve their individual needs?
Wellness is an often overlooked, yet essential, aspect to housing mobility. A neighborhood only becomes a thriving community when it is able to provide the resources that their residents need. Safe, well lit, neighborhoods create a sense of comfort and can transform an area’s identity. Healthy, fresh, food choices provide inhabitants with cost effective options for nourishment. Social spaces, such as community centers and churches, help people build relationships in new surroundings. How can we help people determine that a neighborhood will provide the amenities that new members require in order to thrive, no matter their demographic, and become a long lasting asset to the community?
In today’s day and age, high speed internet is all but a necessity. The internet provides users of all ages with access to a wealth of information and opportunities. Unfortunately, high speed internet is considered a luxury to a significant portion of Cuyahoga County residents. Results of a 2012 survey show that approximately 58% of county households with an annual income below $20,000 have neither home broadband nor mobile internet access. With 24% of Cuyahoga County’s households falling in that income range, this leaves about 75,000 households at a severe disadvantage. Lack of computer and high speed internet access makes it more difficult for children to do their homework, adults to find jobs, and a lack of familiarity with computers prevents them from gaining the competency necessary to take advantage of new opportunities in our evolving economy. How do we evaluate neighborhoods for high speed internet connectivity, and computer access, in order to ensure that households move to areas that provide them with the technological resources necessary to achieve their goals?