CLEVELAND — The upcoming Cleveland Scholar House is an example of how colleges and universities are revamping their efforts in addressing students’ housing insecurity.
The university plans to build an apartment complex across Community College Avenue, from the Metropolitan Campus of Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C). It will provide housing for single Tri-C and Cleveland State University students with minors.
Additionally, the Scholar House will also provide other services, such as child care, academic support, rental support, and even mental health support.
According to Metro Campus President Denise McCory, the project’s goal is to help students that are at the risk of dropping out.
“With community colleges in particular, where we have a lot of commuter students and students are trying to work and take care of families while they’re going to school, we suspect that a lot of the reasons students drop out is because they have a lot of issues with maintaining child care or maintaining safe, affordable housing,” McCory said.
The announcement for the Cleveland Scholar House project was delivered in May by CHN Housing Partners and the United Way of Greater Cleveland. Tri-C and CSU are core partners in this project, along with Cleveland Metropolitan Housing Authority and Step Forward.
The project is to be funded through the Ohio Housing Finance Agency’s Low-Income Housing Tax Credit, which is expected to cover about 75% of the building’s $12 million development cost.
These renewed efforts come in the aftermath of the pandemic that closed campuses and left many students struggling to find affordable places to live. Colleges are finding lawmakers, local housing authorities, and four-year institutions to be increasingly willing partners in these initiatives.