Big WIN-WIN for the Rokakis-Frangos Land Bank!

Submitted by lmcshane on Wed, 05/18/2016 - 07:32.
Recipe for success??  Dump an East Cleveland Land Bank property on an unsuspecting 501c3 director with promise of economic return!! Dupe the poor guy, who doesn't have the wherewithal to do anything with the property!!  
Fresh Start - a drug rehabilitation non-profit (think CHN's new venture) - previously owned the building and accrued taxes with over 9K wited out by the Land Bank. King's Sons is expected to hold it in "non-profit" limbo, until the commercial value of the property rebounds, but it is never going to rebound... 
This FLIP looks a lot like Robert McCall who had hoped to make out on transfer of 3881 West 25th (aka YMCA property) but never managed to keep non-profit status and never managed to sell it. Stay Tuned!
Home › Newsletter › 2014.12.2 › King’s Sons 820 partner on youth workforce development training program
King’s Sons 820 partner on youth workforce development training program
Posted on January 14, 2015
How about this for a recipe for success? Take one of the Cuyahoga Land Bank’s houses. Add in the youth of King’s Sons 820. Liberally seasoned with workforce development and character building, and in the end you have a renovated house ready for sale and newly trained and proud young men!
This is exactly what the Cuyahoga Land Bank and King’s Sons 820, Inc., cooked up last year when they partnered to help at-risk and troubled youth by providing workforce and life skills training.
In 2013, King’s Sons 820 founder, William Foster, approached the Cuyahoga Land Bank with a desire to expand  programming to include character building, financial literacy, spiritual guidance and workforce development. This programming will teach young men about discipline, hard work and construction skills. Foster worked with trained contractors to instruct and supervise the men in the renovation project, and the Cuyahoga Land Bank contributed a home for them to renovate.
In the program, men, age 16 to 24, learn the fundamentals of the construction trade from licensed professionals that donate their time to King’s Sons 820. They get paid $8 an hour during training and are offered tuition assistance to pursue higher training.
“This new workforce training program teaches our men to work with their hands, their minds, and their hearts,” said Foster.  “They learn the principles of construction, as well as how to work as a team, respect authority, follow directions and challenge themselves.”
Demetrius Harvey, 18, said, “I’m gaining an influx of knowledge on how to paint, lay down tile, and hammer correctly.  We are learning not just to get it done, but how to do it right. It’s great to learn a skill – no one can take it away from you.”
Harvey was one of the young men that renovated the first home last summer through the workforce development program. He is now a student at Cleveland State, he is OSHA certified, and is considering a career in project management or design.Land Bank Staff
“For me, this experience was about growth and training,” said Michael Booker, 22, who is studying to be an electrical engineer.  “I learned to be more outgoing and how to interact with people on the job.  When you work together in a close environment and you are all learning, you see your own flaws and those of others pretty quickly.  I learned it’s all about how you push each other to accomplish the goals for the day.”
The youth training program starts at 16. However, boys as young as nine joined King’s Sons 820 and got their hands dirty on this jobsite.  Eric Adams, 10, and brothers Jordan, 12, and Johnathan Medley, 13, worked together to plant flowers and shrubs around the property.
“The younger boys are learning that the principles you need to apply to be a good man are also the principles of a good worker,” said Foster.  “By participating, they are able to be a part of the overall bonding and learning experience and are excited about potentially going through the program.”
Land Bank Staff
“This program provides valuable workforce training and places renovated homes back on the market – a win/win,” said Cuyahoga Land Bank President Gus Frangos.  “However, for me, the real value of being able to make a program like this possible by providing the homes is the lifelong, positive impact the experience has on the lives of the young men in the program.”

King’s Sons 820 recently sold the renovated home in Euclid. They are holding the proceeds for the next house, which they hope to acquire soon. They have already recruited more eager men into the development program.  These men are just waiting for the next chance to cook up success on their next renovation project. 

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Fresh Start, Bridgeway - drug rehab flops - now CHN

It has been shown that half-way houses and drug rehab facilities don't work. And, the funding has dried up. Bridgeway and Fresh Start are all examples of well-intentioned efforts that have failed.  

Now, the new model is just to warehouse drug dependent individuals in Cleveland Housing Network's "new" model.  Individuals aren't expected to stay off drugs or even try.  But, hey, Frank Jackson and friends get what they want (less panhandlers on Public Square), the CDCs get what they want (fat checks for developing the schemes with OHFA funds), Cleveland Housing Network gets OHFA funds and collects SSI "rent" payments, contractors like Marous make out on the construction of these CHN facilities,  and taxpayers lose - as these facilities quickly further depreciate the neighborhoods where they are sited.