VISION | NEIGHBORHOOD: The Cleveland Avenue Neighborhood is safe, clean, well-maintained, and well-connected to the larger Winston-Salem region. Residents and visitors have access to a full range of community amenities. The neighborhood has ample green space and public recreation facilities. Reliable multimodal transportation options are widely available.


Who Calls Cleveland Avenue Home?


The Transformation planning area extends from E 14th Street to just north of NE 21st Street, and from Route 52 to Locust Avenue


Did you know the median age of a Cleveland Avenue resident is 23.3 years? The average age in Forsyth County is 38.


Did you that 15% of the residents of Cleveland Ave are age four or younger?

HAWS Submits Implementation Grant Application to HUD

In June 2016 the Housing Authority of Winston Salem (HAWS) submitted their grant application for the Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grant, a grant that supports communities that have undergone a comprehensive local planning process and are ready to implement their “Transformation Plan” to redevelop the neighborhood.  Applications must present a plan to revitalize a severely distressed public and/or HUD-assisted multifamily housing project located in a distressed neighborhood into a viable, mixed-income community. HUD announced approximately $120 million available for awards. Thirty four eligible applicants submitted applications including public housing authorities, local governments, nonprofits, tribal entities and for-profit... read more

Cleveland Avenue Neighborhood Final Transformation Plan Approved by HUD

In May 2016, the final Cleveland Avenue Neighborhood Transformation Plan was submitted by HAWS and approved by HUD. This final plan built on all previous draft versions and incorporated substantial amounts of resident and neighborhood stakeholder feedback and comments. The final plan will be used as the framework for applying for a Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grant as well as guiding the overall revitalization in the neighborhood. Though currently facing many challenges, the Transformation Plan has revealed that the Cleveland Avenue Neighborhood holds many of the key ingredients for success. Elements such as location, investment, engagement, dedication, leadership and, most importantly, skilled and committed residents, ensure that the Cleveland Avenue Neighborhood Transformation will move quickly from a plan to a reality. The final plan can be viewed... read more

East/Northeast Small Area Plan Update

On May 19, 2015 from 6-8 PM, the City of Winston Salem Planning Department presented on the updates planned for the East-Northeast area. At this meeting, a draft of the physical development plan for the Cleveland Ave. Transformation was presented to residents and planners in order to make sure that the zoning for the neighborhood in the small area plan allows for appropriate redevelopment in the community. This first draft provides a starting point for more focused conversations promoting community feedback on what residents would like to see in the neighborhood. We look forward to future drafts and hearing the residents’ continued... read more

Workforce Development/Employment Committee Meeting

On May 19th at 1:30 PM the Workforce Development/Employment Committee will be meeting to discuss best practices, goals and strategies to include in the Transformation Plan. All are welcome to help brainstorm the best ways to improve the employment outlook for residents and... read more

The Good News

There are many assets and opportunities throughout the neighborhood. Identifying and harnessing those assets, and knocking down the barriers placed in front of the people of the Cleveland Avenue Neighborhood, is at the heart of this Transformation Plan


The Bad News

The neighborhood has deficiencies in infrastructure, transportation, and many of the hallmarks of livability. These deficiencies put limitations on the ability for residents to achieve their dreams.


What We Are Going to To About It

Strategies and actions will be focused on several topics: Infrastructure, Transportation, and Livability. Click on each topic area in the banner above to learn more about what is working, what isn’t, and what we intend to do about it.