Preservation For All: My Recent Trip to Cleveland

This April, I was fortunate to travel to Cleveland, in order to shadow the Cleveland Restoration Society, and get an understanding of how they have grown the organization, and created the innovative Heritage Home Program.

Since starting as Executive Director of Cleveland Restoration Society nearly thirty years ago, Kathleen Crowther has grown the organization from one staff to a 10-plus permanent staff organization, with a rotating host of Trustees and other volunteers doing work throughout the year. The driving factor for much of this growth, was the establishment of the incredibly innovative Heritage Home Program, about sixteen years ago.

The Heritage Home Program is a partnership with the county, cities, Ohio Housing Finance Authority, and others, and offers direct technical assistance to homeowners