Working together to build a safe, economically stable, and beautiful community

About image
The Block Club is a 501(c)(3) non-profit block club of the Historic Hough
neighborhood. The BC was established in 2018 and consists of
like-mind residents within the blocks from East 79th to East 71st
Streets, bounded by Chester Avenue on the south side and Hough
Avenue on the north side and includes Home Court, La Grange
Avenue and Sagamore Road.

This Block Club, located at the epicenter of the Hough riots in the
1960s, and – during Prohibition – known as “Little Hollywood”, has
always been composed of a diverse and loyal neighbor


The BC has connected - and continues to connect - neighborhood residents to funding which has enabled homeowners to make environmentally sustainable upgrades to their houses. These renovations and beautifications will stabilize property values and build neighborhood equity wealth.


The BC is fostering a pathway for employees to scale their skills, licenses, and paychecks up through a training program to lead new employees to being pharmacists. The impact is residents filling high-paying, in-demand jobs to answer an in-demand need for the inner city. We are partnering with the St. Paul A.M.E. Zion Credit Union and the Cleveland Foundation sponsoring accounting students in internships


The BC has earned a grant to weatherize homes. We have Identified and installed insulation solutions, performed energy audits on homes, and transitioned homes to energy-saving LED lights. We will complete more homes in our area, expand the radius of energy audits, and pursue funds for more extensive weatherizing upgrades.


One of The BC strategies is to counter structural racializations perpetuating stereotypes and stigmas causing disparities in addressing Social Determents of Health is to create sustainable revenue through its Community Solar Garden initiative. The Solar Garden return on investment (ROI) will address health disparities now and in the future.

Driving Wealth through Sustainability image
The BC Community Solar Garden is a step towards a clean energy economy. It places control of the project, and the potential to profit from the project, in the hands of a group of devoted community residents. It positions the east side of Cleveland as the site of an innovative business model and a valuable clean energy asset. It will pioneer a new way for cities around Ohio and the US to support sustainability by using community ownership to combat the climate crisis and the crisis of racial and economic inequality.

Cynthia Mumford, President
Deborah Lewis, Secretary
Marsha Kinney, Treasurer (sabbatical)

Daniel Huff,
Joyce Kinney
Carolyn Guy
Vicki Williams
Loretta Dunton
Joyce Harris (deceased)