CLE Purpose Built Communities

Cleveland, OH

The Buckeye-Woodhill and Glenville neighborhoods are places of great opportunity and unique challenges. Each neighborhood bears deep wounds from past practices rooted in structural racism, and consequently show symptoms of disinvestment and neglect. However, each area has community assets, a resilience to survive, hope upon which to build a solid future, and a richness of community that embodies the spirit of togetherness and belonging.

The Vision

The future of both neighborhoods is bright thanks to a growing body of individuals and organizations committed to equitable and holistic neighborhood transformation. To achieve this, CLE Purpose Built Communities is creating collaborations among residents, businesses, community leaders, foundations, and governments. This work is spearheaded by a partnership between the Cleveland Foundation and Saint Luke’s Foundation.

The Neighborhoods


Built in 1930, Woodhill Homes is a public housing complex in the Buckeye-Woodhill neighborhood that currently has 487 households. Community partners are working together to evolve this neighborhood into a mixed-income community.


The composition of housing in the Glenville neighborhood includes single and multi-family houses and multi-unit apartment buildings. CLE Purpose Built Communities is targeting efforts within a Concentrated Investment District (CID) that is currently known as “Circle North” and is partnering with the Famicos Foundation.