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Affordable housing has become a hot-button issue in Greater Cincinnati over the last few years, garnering media attention, promises from elected officials and no small amount of debate. Here's everything you need to know about affordable housing in Cincinnati.

Addressing NKY's Shortage Of Affordable Housing

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The Northern Kentucky Scholar House provides affordable housing, along with child development services and case management support as adult residents pursue a degree in higher education.

According to a report by the National Low Income Housing Coalition, nationwide, there are only 35 affordable homes available for every 100 renters who have incomes no greater than 30 percent of the median income in their area. This shortage of affordable housing exists in every state and major metropolitan area, including Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.

The wide income ranges and the mix of larger urban cities and smaller suburban cities in Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties presents a challenge to providing affordable housing accessible throughout the region.

Joining us to discuss providing affordable housing options in Northern Kentucky are Covington Mayor Joe Meyer; Tom Guidugli, executive director of Neighborhood Foundations and former mayor of Newport; and Assistant Professor of Urban and Public Affairs and the Director of the Kentucky State Data Center at the University of Louisville, Dr. Matthew Ruther.

The Scripps Howard Center for Civic Engagement at Northern Kentucky University will present the next NKY Forum, "Affordable Housing: How Are We Doing?" at 7 p.m. Thursday, February 1, at the Lincoln Grant Scholar House in Covington, Kentucky. For more information click here.

For more information on affordable housing in Northern Kentucky, visit the Housing Authority of Covington, the Campbell County Department of Housing or the Boone County Assisted Housing Department.

The Northern Kentucky Forum is a collaboration of the Scripps Howard Center for Civic Engagement and Legacy, a young leaders group. The Forum's purpose is to foster civil, civic dialogue on topics of community interest.