How Much Affordable Housing Does Cincinnati Need?

May 3, 2021

Cincinnati voters on May 4 will be faced with a decision on Issue 3, a ballot initiative that would direct the city to spend at least $50 million a year on affordable housing.  

But there is considerable disagreement about how much housing the region needs. In 2017, the Local Initiatives Support Corporation of Greater Cincinnati released a study suggesting urban areas in Hamilton County needed 25,000 more units of housing affordable to its lowest-income residents. 

Recently, as debate about Issue 3 has intensified, some have questioned that number. Among those skeptics is Cincinnati City Council Member Steve Goodin. He touts other numbers suggesting Cincinnati's affordable housing gap is considerably smaller. Goodin also wants the city to consider ways to avoid concentrating new subsidized housing in neighborhoods that already have it in large amounts.

Joining Cincinnati Edition are LISC Greater Cincinnati Executive Director Kristen Baker and Cincinnati City Council Member Steve Goodin.

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