VISION | HOUSING: Existing and future residents of the Cleveland Avenue Neighborhood have a wide variety of safe, clean, affordable, comfortable, age-appropriate housing choices with on-site and nearby services, fostering an improved quality of life for Cleveland Avenue residents.


Who Calls Cleveland Ave 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 Ave resident is 23.3 years? The average age in Forsyth County is 38


Did you know 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 exciting new opportunities for mixed income housing in a wide variety of sizes and shapes. Leveraging public-private partnerships can help bring much-needed housing stock improvement to the neighborhood.


The Bad News

The existing housing in the neighborhood is often out-of-date, run down, and inadequate for the needs of its residents. Rising costs makes it increasingly difficult for private developers to build affordable housing without public subsidy. Additionally, cuts in public spending is limiting the money available to publicly finance new housing.


What We Are Going to To About It

Strategies and actions will be focused on a site plan for building new, market-feasible housing on the Cleveland Avenue Homes site, as well as a Relocation Plan for all current residents. This will ensure that housing conditions in the neighborhood will improve, and all Cleveland Avenue Homes residents will have a new and better place to call home.