Moving Toward Growth: Home Repair and Rehab Strategy Roundtable

Thursday, November 9: 9:30am – 11:30am

Participants in this session will explore strategies to unlock capital for single-family development, create scalable repair and rehab program models, re-build developer capacity, and jumpstart local markets. Join researchers, practitioners, finance partners, and stakeholders to learn about innovative solutions for Ohio's hard hit communities.

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Justin Flemming, Cleveland Neighborhood Progress
Justin D. Fleming, Esq. is the Director of Real Estate at Cleveland Neighborhood Progress, where his primary duties are to ensure that CNP's real estate and development agenda is aligned with the organization's broader goal of fostering communities of choice and opportunity throughout Cleveland's neighborhoods. He holds a master's in urban planning, development and design as well as a law degree from Cleveland State University, and a bachelor's in history and philosophy from the Ohio State University. Since joining CNP in 2009, Mr. Fleming has focused on the development and implementation of stabilization and sustainable redevelopment strategies, and has been fortunate enough have shared his experience in Cleveland at conferences and panels around the country.


Andrew Jakabovics, Enterprise Community Partners
Andrew Jakabovics is vice president, policy development at Enterprise Community Partners, a national nonprofit organization that creates opportunity for low- and moderate-income people through fit, affordable housing in diverse, thriving communities. Andrew oversees the Policy Development & Research team, researching issues related to affordable housing, housing and community development, housing finance, foreclosures and neighborhood stabilization, and broader housing supply and demand concerns. Recent publications include "Staying in Place to Get Ahead: Creating Renter Stability through Master Leases with Built-in Savings Accounts", "Projecting Trends in Severely Cost-Burdened Renters: 2015-2025," "Bending the Cost Curve: Solutions to Expand the Supply of Affordable Rentals." Prior to joining Enterprise, he served as senior policy advisor to the assistant secretary for policy development and research at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. His primary focus was on housing finance reform, with a particular eye toward issues of access and affordability. In addition, he devoted attention to foreclosure prevention through improving opportunities for modifications and to mitigating foreclosure impacts on neighborhoods and communities. Prior to joining HUD, Andrew served as associate director for Housing and Economics at the Center for American Progress, where he authored some of the earliest policy responses to the foreclosure crisis, including proposals for mortgage restructuring, foreclosure mediation and REO rental. Andrew has testified before Congress and appears frequently in the media. He currently serves on the Board of Managers of the National Community Stabilization Trust. Andrew holds degrees from Columbia University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Michael Cosgrove, City of Cleveland
In 2014, Michael Cosgrove became the Department of Community Development's Assistant Director, and since early 2015, has led the Department as Acting Director in partnership with the late Director Daryl Rush. In this role, he oversees approximately 70 staff members committed to improving the quality of life in Cleveland by strengthening city neighborhoods through successful housing rehabilitation efforts, commercial rehabilitation efforts, new housing construction, homeownership, and community-focused human services. He practiced nonprofit law at the Thompson Hine law firm before joining the City of Cleveland Department of Law in 2002, where he worked in the Code Enforcement and General Litigation sections. Mr. Cosgrove joined the Department of Community Development in 2010, as the manager of the Neighborhood Stabilization Program and oversaw more than $40 million in federal grants to strengthen Cleveland's neighborhoods. Mr. Cosgrove received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Dayton and his Juris Doctor from Case Western Reserve University School of Law. He also earned his Master's degree in Public Administration from Cleveland State University's Levin College of Urban Affairs. Mr. Cosgrove lives in the North Collinwood neighborhood with his wife, Danielle, and sons, Jaden and Ellington.

Norm Bliss, KeyBank
Norman Bliss senior vice president and director of community development in the Corporate Responsibility segment at KeyBank leads oversight of KeyBank's Community Development lending, investment, and service activities nationwide. Bliss brings nearly 25 years of banking examination experience to his position at KeyBank. Prior to joining KeyBank, he served as senior vice president and manager at First Merit Corporation, where he was responsible for all aspects of the organization's corporate CRA program. He is the past president of the Shaker Heights Board of Education where he also served two elected terms as board member. He has also held vice president positions at both First Merit Corporation and Premier Bank & Trust, where he focused on managing CRA compliance. Bliss also spent five years as a bank examiner at the Federal Reserve Bank in Cleveland. Bliss earned his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Howard University. He also holds a Housing Development Finance Professional Certification and is a graduate of the National Community Development Lending School. Additionally, Bliss has served on nonprofit boards including for Cleveland Housing Network and East Akron Community Development Corporation.

Dione Alexander, Village Capital Corporation
Dione Alexander, President of Village Capital Corporation (VCC), a leading community development financial institution (CDFI), is responsible for advancing VCC's mission of investing in underserved neighborhoods in Northeast Ohio. In this capacity, she attracts talent, capital, and innovation to support lending to projects that increase neighborhood vibrancy and economic opportunities. Prior to joining VCC, Ms. Alexander served as a Principal of RoundBox Consulting, an impact solutions consulting firm dedicated to the philanthropy, nonprofit, and community/social finance sectors. She previously served as the V.P. of the Midwest Region and the V.P. of National Capital Asset Development for Nonprofit Finance Fund ("NFF"), a national CDFI. Ms. Alexander has also held executive level positions in banking and the public sector. She is a graduate of the School of Business and Industry at Florida A & M University and the Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University. Ms. Alexander has served on a numerous boards and committees to include the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park, The Cuyahoga County Public Library Foundation, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation's Mission Driven Investing Committee, the Investment Advisory Committee of Mission Throttle LC3, and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.

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