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District 10 - Michael J. Houser
County Councilman Michael J. Houser's public service career has spanned from the local, state and national level. Houser served as Special Assistant to Cuyahoga County Chief of Staff where he gained extensive experience in County government.
During his time as Special Assistant, Councilman Houser who is a champion for Voting Rights led the Countywide Civic and Voter engagement initiative and created the Youth Summit entitled "Your Voice Matters" that teaches students the importance of community involvement, as well as how, when and where to vote. Houser stood up to protect our most vulnerable population by helping to led the County's faith-based infant mortality reduction initiative in partnership with First Year Cleveland. Houser also remains an advocate for those in need of a second chance at life, though his work speaking at local correctional institutes, created an event that focuses on at-risk youth called "Choices and Consequences.”
Prior to his role with the County, Houser worked as an Educational Specialist for the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Cleveland, Campaign Staffer for U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown, in the D.C office of Congressman Tim Ryan and Field Organizer for the We Are Ohio campaign the coalition led by organized labor to overturn attacks on collective bargaining rights.
Councilman Houser currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Urban League of Greater Cleveland, Boys and Girls Club of Cleveland Bridge Board and E.F. Boyd & Son advisory board.
A proud Cleveland public school graduate, Houser earned a Master’s of Public Administration degree from Cleveland State University, Levin College of Urban Affairs and graduated with honors with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Kent State University.
Councilman Houser is Vice Chair of Health, Human Services & Aging Committee.
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District 10, which encompasses approximately 22 square miles, includes the cities of Cleveland-Ward 8 (All); Ward 10 (All except A, B, I, K, and M), East Cleveland and Cleveland Heights, University Heights and the village of Bratenahl. The northern boundary of the District is Lake Erie. With a 2010 population of 117,324 persons and a housing unit count of 63,253 units, the District contains 9.2% of the County’s population and 10.2% of the County’s housing units.
Quick facts about District 10:
2010 Decennial Census
2006 - 2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates
- The Census showed that in 2000 the total population of District 10 was 141,491 persons. By 2010, the District’s population had declined by 17.1%, to 117,324 persons.
- District 10 exhibited a 2010 population density of 5,435 persons per square mile. Countywide, the population density was 2,800 persons per square mile.
- For persons reporting one race in the 2010 Census, 36.4% were White, 60.8% were Black or African-American, 2.1% were Asian/Pacific Islander, and 0.7% were Some Other Race.
- Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin (which can be of any race) comprised 1.6% of the population in 2010. Countywide, 4.8% of the population was comprised of persons of Hispanic or Latino origin.
- There were 51,136 households in District 10 in 2010, 53.7% of which were family households. Countywide, 58.7% of all households were family households.
- In 2010, 22.7% of the population in District 10 were under age 18, while 14.1% were 65 years of age or older. Countywide, 22.7% were under age 18, while 15.5% were 65 years of age or older.
- In 2010, 80.8% of the 63,253 housing units located in District 10 were occupied. Of those occupied housing units, 25,423 units (49.7%) were owner-occupied. Countywide, 60.9% of occupied housing units were owner-occupied.
- The 2006-2010 ACS showed that of all persons who were age 25 or older, 86.3% had a high school diploma or had some additional education beyond high school, while 32.1% of those high school graduates had a bachelor’s degree or higher. Countywide, 86.4% had a high school diploma or had some additional education, while 28.2% had a bachelor’s degree or higher.
- Only 13.7% of all persons who were age 25 or older had not graduated from high school. Countywide, 13.7% of all persons had not graduated from high school.
- The median household income in District 10, at $35,847, was lower than the median income for Cuyahoga County as a whole, which was $43,603.
- In District 10, 24.5% of all persons had incomes that were below the poverty level. Countywide, 16.4% of all persons had incomes that were below the poverty level.
- In District 10, 28.2%, of families with children under age 18 had incomes that were below the poverty level, in comparison to the countywide rate of 19.9%.
- In District 10, 18.2% of all persons age 65 and over had incomes that were below the poverty level, in comparison to the countywide rate of 10.9%.
Prepared by the Cuyahoga County Planning Commission, January 2013 http://planning.co.cuyahoga.oh.us/census/.
Source: New NEOCANDO, Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development, MSASS, Case Western Reserve University, 2000 and 2010 Censuses, accessed 1/14/2013 and 1/24/2013, http://neocando.case.edu/. For Census information regarding Cleveland Wards, see: http://planning.city.cleveland.oh.us/2010census/cpc.html.