Eligible employees must rent, rehabilitate or purchase homes in the designated geographic area defined by East 79th Street to the west, Superior Avenue to the north, the Cleveland city line to the east and Buckeye-Woodland to the south. The district also includes a portion of East Cleveland up to Elberon Avenue and Roxbury Road.
Rich in culture and history, Greater University Circle is home to seven neighborhoods:
Buckeye-Shaker, including the shops and eateries of Shaker Square
Fairfax, center of an urban renaissance and home to the renowned Karamu Performing Arts Theatre
Hough, nestled at Cleveland Clinic’s front door and ripe for rebirth
Glenville, harboring the Cleveland Cultural Gardens and some of Cleveland’s grandest homes
East Cleveland (southwest quadrant), an emerging commercial and residential district
Little Italy, a welcoming mix of old world restaurants and bakeries and fresh art
University Circle, amongst museums, the home of The Cleveland Orchestra, cultural institutions and the treed grounds of Case Western Reserve University
This forgivable loan program aims to improve access to affordable housing, assist individuals in wealth building, reduce commute times and costs, and enhance quality of life by offering employees of eligible institutions an opportunity to live and work close to world-class cultural institutions and services. It also seeks to increase awareness of the incredible housing opportunities available in the area.
Greater Circle Living includes
Financial assistance is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Families participating in Greater Circle Living remain eligible for housing assistance programs offered by the City of Cleveland and some other agencies.
For complete program rules, participating employers, and eligibility requirements, click here www.fairfaxrenaissance.org/gcl/gclOptions or call Fairfax Renaissance Development Corp. at 216-361-8400. Information is also available at the Living in the Circle Center, 11330 Euclid Ave., Cleveland.
Greater Circle Living offers a $10,000 forgivable loan for down payment and/or closing costs for the purchase of an owner-occupied home by full-time employees of any nonprofit institution in Greater University Circle (see map).
Loans are forgiven if the employee continues to work for a participating Greater University Circle institution (see your employer for specific eligibility requirements) and continues to occupy the residence for five years after the loan closes.
Employees of Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland Museum of Art, and University Hospitals may be eligible for an additional $20,000 forgivable loan for down payment and/or closing costs for the purchase of an owner-occupied home. Employees at these institutions currently living in the district may be eligible for up to $8,000 in matching funds for exterior renovations or - one month’s rental payment in Greater University Circle.
Employees of Judson at University Circle may be eligible for an additional $5,000 forgivable loan for downpayment and/or closing costs for the purchase of an owner-occupied home. Contact Fairfax Renaissance at 216-361-8400 or click here www.fairfaxrenaissance.org/gcl/gclOptions to learn more about eligibility requirements.
The employee benefit may be considered taxable income by the IRS. Employees should consult a tax advisor, as well as their Human Resources/Benefits Office