Affordable Housing Project May Move Forward After Setback

Oct 21, 2020

An affordable housing project in Lower Price Hill appears to be moving forward. The social service agency Community Matters has been working on the project called Lower Price Hill Thrives for the past six years. The plan is to renovate 10 historic buildings, creating 47 affordable apartment units, and construct a new building. But the project faced a hurdle with the city.

LPH Thrives already secured $10 million in state funding and $1 million raised by Community Matters and Over-the-Rhine Community Housing. The groups had hoped the city would grant a final $1 million in federal grant money. But city administrators turned down the plan.

City Council Member P.G. Sittenfeld made it his mission to find the additional funding and announced last week that the project will be funded.

Joining Cincinnati Edition to discuss Lower Price Hill Thrives is Community Matters Executive Director Mary Delaney; Cincinnati City Council Member P.G. Sittenfeld; and Over-the-Rhine Community Housing Project Manager Ben Eilerman.

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