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Jason M
(Opportunity Corridor )
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the project

Cleveland Humanity Investing (CHI) empowers Clevelander’s with affordable housing,  employment opportunities and wealth accumulation through the transformation of recyclables into homes for veterans, & the working poor built by up-skilled rehabilitated citizens.


CHI increases access to micro business entrepreneurship, to create wealth-building opportunities. CHI seeks to  prevent another link in the chain of generational poverty in Cleveland. A multifaceted approach to an astounding crissis in our communities. Breaking away from the traditional approach to career training we expose adults to alternatives to college and jobs with micro-entrepreneurial in-demand services trades and retail opportunities.


Families allocating more than thirty percent of earnings to housing are considered "Cost Burdened" and more than two in three Cleveland residents have difficulties affording necessities such as transportation, food, utilities, medical and clothing. Severe rent burden is defined as spending greater than half on housing making it nearly impossible for the working poor and homeless to reach financial stability. The transition from homelessness  is the greatest barriers  with the greates level of entry and continues to go under appreciated and funded. 


Property rights and home ownership is a key to generating assets and accumulating wealth. Homes equipped with micro businesses have proven to generate living wages and uplift families from poverty. Mixed-use commercial properties maximize earning potential for large scale developers, and investment bankers. CHI’s flagship concept home consists of four recycled ISO containers transformed  into a two mixed use prpertey appointed with three bedrooms and two bath upstairs and a unfinished space for future development. Incremental construction will allow owners to develop the area into a residual income opportunity as a dwelling, AirBnB or a retail/service outlet. empowering Clevelander's with an affordadwelling above two containers for the incremental fabrication of revenue-generating dwelling, retail, or service outlet. 

the steps

Establish legal nonprofit status

Secure cargotecture drawings 

Land acquisition 

Bid foundation and utility connection 

Purchase containers

Tools, materials, and supplies 



why we're doing it

My life is an accident from the opportunities and generosity my family has afforded. A multi-decade observation from street level I recognize recidivism will never decrease until we give an alternative to the enormous barriers they face to unemployment and access to immediate housing. More than half of our Cleveland children are living in poverty as my lineage did just a generation ago. Through ownership, families can access affordable housing, generate living wages and accumulate assets and wealth. Someone started the ripple long ago for me and thus I feel obligated and indebted to shatter the chains of poverty with waves of opportunities for the next generation.


Our initial angel seed funding will fund our incremental development of a container dormitory. Resourcing the vacant land bank, two forty foot high cube containers will transform into a three-bedroom home with connected utilities and modern accommodations. Rehabilitated and underemployed adults will be provided immediate housing and access to upskilling in conventional and green skilled trades as they engage in phase two of constructing a transitional housing community for the homeless. 
Your investment will prep land, establish a foundation, connect utilities, purchase containers, installation, shiplap interior, appliances, recycled furnishings, windows, and many eco-friendly features and applications.  

ioby Platform Fee     $35
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%)    $1,547
TOTAL TO RAISE =    $51,582


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