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NEIGHBORS

Nearly 10,000 people call St. Clair Superior home. Some have lived here for generations, and others moved in last week. Explore the page below to learn why.

History

We are proud of our neighborhood's history.

Greater Circle Living

We are a conveniently-located live-work community.

Education

We are students, teachers and lifelong learners.

Community Meetings

We are strengthened by our connections to each other.

Safety

We are invested in community safety.

Resources

We are supported by neighborhood stakeholders.

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NEIGHBORHOOD HISTORY

We are proud of our history. Originally stewarded by Erie, Kaskaskia, and Mississauga peoples, St. Clair Superior’s modern history has been forged by the working class – from iron workers and immigrants to artists and nonprofit workers.

Click through our selection of historic photos, courtesy of the Cleveland Memory Project.

Want to dig deeper? Check out the historical overview prepared by the Cleveland State University Center for Public History and Digital Humanities with research support from SCSDC and the Charles M. and Helen M. Brown Memorial Foundation. Click through the complete history and “tour” select sites.

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ST. CLAIR SUPERIOR BUILDING TO THE PRESENT

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Cleveland transformed into a major industrial city, attracting a wide range of manufacturers. Although the Flats may be the first place many think of when they imagine the rise of industry in Cleveland, other industrial corridors also lined the city’s network of railroads and the lakefront. By about 1880, Cleveland’s near east side, now known as St. Clair Superior, already had a few small iron foundries and tube works along the Lake Shore and Michigan Southern Railroad and Cleveland and Pittsburgh Railroad.

Over the next three decades, almost all the land between St. Clair Avenue and the lake from East 30th to 55th Streets gradually became industrial, primarily metals and machine works, while land to the south of St. Clair became predominantly a densely settled residential area. Further east, small workers’ homes nestled in the shadows of several larger plants near the lake: Cleveland Gas light and Coke Co. (later East Ohio Gas Co.), Lake Erie Iron Co., American Steel and Wire Co., and White Motor and White Sewing Machine Co. 

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As in other old Cleveland neighborhoods like Detroit-Shoreway, Slavic Village, and Tremont, the St. Clair Superior neighborhood attracted many recent immigrants looking for a place to live close to nearby concentrations of industrial jobs. While the area had a mix of various working class immigrant groups, including Lithuanians, Poles, Italians, Germans, and Croatians, it was Slovenians that perhaps most defined the neighborhood.

In the first half of the 20th century, St. Clair Superior amassed the largest Slovenian population in the world outside Slovenia itself. As the population of Slovenians as other southern and eastern Europeans swelled, local businesses, churches, and social clubs emerged to help them assimilate to American life while also allowing them to retain their ethnic identity.

After World War II, the St. Clair Superior neighborhood, like so many other areas of Cleveland, began to experience a drastic shift in population as returning GIs and their families, many of them joining the growing middle class, began to move to the suburbs. Not everyone left, of course, and places like St. Vitus Church and the Slovenian National Home remained essential anchors.

In 1976 a new grassroots organization called the St. Clair Superior Coalition formed, combining Near Town from East 40th to East 55th Streets and the Slovenian-Croatian settlement from East 55th to 79th Streets with the intention of helping to prevent homes and businesses from falling into blight. In 1999 the organization merged with the St. Clair Business Association to form the present-day St. Clair Superior Development Corporation (SCSDC). SCSDC gradually expanded its coverage westward to East 30th Street, encompassing the growing Asiatown.

Today, there are still some local businesses, both large and small, and structures that help to showcase the diverse history of St. Clair Superior. There also remains an effort to preserve the neighborhood’s Slovenian roots, including Kurentovanje (a Slovenian festival designed to scare away winter), which takes place every year at the Slovenian National Home and allows local vendors the ability to showcase the sights, sounds, and smells of an ethnic neighborhood that made Cleveland their home. St. Clair Superior has grown to become one of Cleveland’s most diverse lakefront neighborhoods with residents representing Asian-American/Pacific Islander, Latinx, and African American communities. 

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GREATER CIRCLE LIVING

We are a live-work community. St. Clair Superior is one of nine east side Cleveland neighborhoods where residents are eligible for the Greater Circle Living program.

Current or prospective residents who are employees of eligible non-profit institutions in Greater University Circle may receive assistance purchasing a home, renting an apartment, or completing home repairs.

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EDUCATION

We are students, teachers, and lifelong learners. St. Clair Superior is home to a range of public and private educational institutions from pre-K through college.

Looking for experiential and continued learning opportunities? We’ve got you covered! Explore the directory below for educational opportunities in the neighborhood: 

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PRE-K SCHOOLS & DAYCARE CENTERS

Your Child My Child

6518 St. Clair Ave | 216-361-0549 | Send email 

Willson School

1126 Ansel Rd | 216-575-0061 | Send email 

St. Philip Neri Head Start

799 E. 82nd St | 216-575-0061 | Send email 

Superior Academy

7020 Superior Ave | 216-881-6924 | Send email 

ELEMENTARY & MIDDLE SCHOOLS

Breakthrough Schools: E Prep & Village Prep Cliffs Campus

1417 E. 36th St | 216-456-2080 |  View website

Ohio Connections Academy

3615 Superior Ave | 216-361-9460 | View website

East Preparatory Academy

4129 Superior Ave | 216-539-0595 |  View website

Horizon Science Academy

6100 S. Marginal Rd | 216-432-9940 |  View website

Willson School

1126 Ansel Rd | 216-838-1850 |  View website

HIGH SCHOOLS

St. Martin de Porres

6202 St. Clair Ave | 216-881-1689 | View website 

Ohio Connections Academy

3615 Superior Ave | 216-361-9460 | View website 

Horizon Science Academy

6100 S. Marginal Rd | 216-432-9940 |  View Website

COLLEGES & UNIVERSITIES

Ohio Technical College

1374 E 51st St | 800-322-7000 | View website

Distance to Cuyahoga Community College: approx. 10 minutes, 2.9 miles | View website

Distance to Cleveland State University: approx. 6 minutes, 2.1 miles | View website 

Distance to Case Western Reserve University: approx. 8 minutes, 3.5 miles | View website 

EXPERIMENTAL & CONTINUED LEARNING

Cleveland Public Library | Addison Branch

6901 Superior Ave | View website 

Zygote Press 

1410 E. 30th St | View website

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COMMUNITY MEETINGS

We are connected to each other. Looking for a way to get more involved with your neighborhood? A block club or ward meeting is a great place to start. Meet your neighbors, discuss issues impacting the community, and enact collaborative change.

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COMMUNITY ZOOM MEETINGS

SCSDC’s Community Engagement Specialist, Kaliya Smith, hosts monthly community meetings over zoom. Join your neighbors on the third Wednesday of every month at 6pm. Contact Kaliya for more information!

WARD MEETINGS

Ward 7

Last Tuesday of each month starting at 6 PM
Hough Multipurpose Center | 8555 Hough Ave.

Ward 9

Every Thursday starting at 6 PM
Glenville Public Library | 11900 St Clair Ave.

Ward 10

Second Tuesday of each month at 6 PM
Northern Ohio Recovery Association / NORA | 1400 E. 55th St.

Not sure which ward you live in? Use the City Council’s website:

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SAFETY

We are invested in community safety. Renovation and demolition of vacant and abandoned properties, infrastructure investments, and community and economic development initiatives helped reduce St. Clair Superior’s crime rates by 20% from 2014 to 2018. The result is a community with crime rates similar to Ohio City, Tremont, and Downtown Cleveland.

We are grateful to the many community members who contribute to this progress by reporting concerns and participating in community groups. Please review the resources below and reach out if you ever have a safety concern we should know about!

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SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL

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SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL

The Cleveland Metropolitan School District’s Safe Routes to School initiative helps you and your children safely walk or bike to school. Find your school and SRTS route here. Find your school and SRTS route here

CLEVELAND POLICE & COMMUNITY RELATIONS MEETINGS

3rd District Police

Third Tuesday of each month starting at 6pm. All meetings are virtual due to COVID-19.
Click here for more information. 

5th District Police

Third Wednesday of each month starting at 6pm. All meetings are virtual due to COVID-19.
Click here for more information.

Not sure which police district you live in? View the City’s district maps here.

STREET CLEAN-UP REQUEST

Is there a vacant lot on your street with waste, debris, or other hazards? Street clean ups are a simple way to address safety concerns while beautifying the neighborhood. SCSDC is here to help! Please complete this form in its entirety to submit a request for a street clean up and email it to our Community Engagement Specialist, Kaliya Smith.

LIGHT & POWER OUTAGE REPORTING

If you are experiencing a power outage or notice any streetlight outages, contact Cleveland Public Power by calling (216) 664-3156 or visiting their website to report the outage. Make sure to write down the confirmation number so we can track their progress! 

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COMMUNITY RESOURCES

We are supported by neighborhood stakeholders. St. Clair Superior is home to dozens of community resources, nonprofits, and City services.

Scroll through the section below to get connected to whatever support you may need. Do you see something missing from this list? Let us knowIf you haven’t quite found the right resource, we recommend calling or chatting with United Way’s 2-1-1 – trained specialists are available 24/7 to listen to your needs and link you with the proper resources. 

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HOME ENERGY ASSISTANCE

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JOB & WORKFORCE TRAINING

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REPORT ILLEGAL DUMPING

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Road Resurfacing, Sweeping & Plowing

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ANIMAL CONTROL

VACANT PROPERTY MAINTENANCE

Free COVID-19 Testing

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FOOD PANTRIES

Every 3rd Monday, 10am-12pm

Northern Ohio Recovery Association | 1400 E. 55th Street | 216-391-6672 | Click here

Every 2nd and 4th Sunday 3pm-4pm

Food Not Bombs | St. Clair Plaza | 6321 St. Clair Avenue

Last Thursday of each Month, 10am-2pm

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Every 3rd Saturday, 9:30am-11:30am

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Greater Cleveland Food Bank | The Muni Lot | 1503 South Marginal Road | 216-738-2265 | View Website

Use this tool from the Greater Cleveland Food Bank to enter your address and find information for food distributions near you.

COVID-19 RESOURCES

This list is updated frequently and pulls from many sources around Cleveland. Please confirm with organizations directly, as offerings are changing regularly. 

COVID-19 testing and vaccinations are available at The Centers.
Click here to learn more and register for an available vaccination appointment slot. 

Ohio Department of Health

The state call center to answer questions regarding COVID-19 is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. at 833-427-5634. Click here for the latest information from the State of Ohio and Department of Health.

Cuyahoga County Board of Health

Call 216-201-2000 or click here for more information.

Cleveland Clinic

To provide you with the most up-to-date information, Cleveland Clinic has created a COVID-19 landing page you can turn to answer all of the questions you may have. Click here to learn more.

MetroHealth System

Call 440-59-COVID (440-592-6843) or click here.

University Hospitals

Call 1-855-401-3013 or click here

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for those in distress. Please call 1-800-273-8255 or click here for more information.

SAMHSA’s Treatment Locator

Click here to find treatment facilities confidentially and anonymously.

Centers for Disease Control

Click here for information on COVID-19 from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

A Statement from the St. Clair Superior Board of Directors:

We stand in solidarity against xenophobia and racial targeting of Asian Americans due to harmful stereotyping about COVID-19. If you are intimidated, harassed, or assaulted, call 911 immediately. You can also report hate crimes here or here.

AGING IN PLACE

Cuyahoga County Division of Senior and Adult Services

Services are available at senior centers with some modifications for the pandemic. Meal, grocery, and medical delivery available through some sites, as well as online programming, call 216-420-6700 or click here

Senior Transportation Connection

216-265-1489 or click here.

Cleveland Dept of Aging

216-664-2833

Free Prescription Discount Card

Click here for more information.

FINANCIAL & HOUSING SUPPORT

Ward 9 Resource Guide

Download the guide to get housing, employment & food resources at your fingertips. 

PCs for People

Located at 3126 St Clair Ave NE, PCs for People offers affordable technology, computers, internet service, and repairs for individuals enrolled in an income-based government assistance program or below 200% of the poverty level. Call 216-930-5741 or visit their website for more information.

Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority

CMHA is avoiding evictions and expanding programs for residents during the pandemic. Learn more here.

Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless

The Coalition has launched an emergency fund to help the homeless and other vulnerable populations during the COVID-19 crisis. Learn more here

Spectrum and AT&T are making it easier to connect with friends, family and the things that matter most by offering low-cost high-speed broadband service to qualifying households.

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Spectrum Internet Assist offers internet access for $17.99 a month. To qualify for Spectrum Internet Assist, a member of the household must be a recipient of one of the following programs: The National School Lunch Program, The Community Eligibility Provision or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) (age 65 and over only). Click here to apply.

AT&T

Access from AT&T offers internet access for $10 a month. To qualify for Access from AT&T a member of the household must be a recipient of SNAP Benefits. Click here to apply or call 1-855-220-5211. 

Cleveland Public Library

The Cleveland Public Library offers free access to internet. Visit the Addison branch or search for a library branch here.

OTHER SUPPORT

10 Tips for Staying Safe in Extreme Heat

Download this guide to learn a few helpful tips for staying cool in summer heat!