affordable housing

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Most respondents to a survey about how Cincinnati should spend federal stimulus identified affordable housing as a top priority. The survey from Council Member David Mann's office has received more than 1,100 responses so far.

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I thought I had seen it all in almost a half century of covering politics, but I can't say I've ever seen anything quite like what is going on in the campaign to defeat Issue 3, the Cincinnati charter amendment that would require the city to put $50 million a year into an Affordable Housing Trust Fund.

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Cincinnati officials will apply for $34 million to establish an affordable housing loan pool. Council voted Wednesday to approve a pair of ordinances that also establish an oversight board for the loan pool and the city's Affordable Housing Trust Fund.

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Cincinnati voters will see three charter amendments on the ballot in May's election, including one brought by petitions from housing advocates. Issue 3 would require the city to put $50 million a year into an Affordable Housing Trust Fund.


The Cincinnati City Manager's office wants to hire an independent group to analyze how much affordable housing the city needs. Vice Mayor Christopher Smitherman says he's concerned the information currently available is outdated.

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Cincinnati officials are exploring the possibility of limiting the amount of subsidized housing in neighborhoods. Council passed a motion Wednesday asking city administration to investigate legal options for limiting new development of subsidized units in areas where at least 50% of housing stock is already subsidized.

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The ballot language for a Cincinnati charter amendment related to affordable housing has been finalized after the Hamilton County Board of Elections certified a revised summary in an emergency meeting Wednesday. The Ohio Supreme Court ordered the changes in response to a lawsuit filed by advocates who petitioned to put the amendment on the May ballot.

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At Cincinnati City Hall Tuesday, frontline workers urged citizens to "Vote No on Issue 3." The charter amendment on the May ballot would require the city to put $50 million in the Affordable Housing Trust Fund every year. City officials, including Mayor John Cranley, denounced the amendment, saying it would have "hellish" consequences for the community.

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Cincinnati's administration is recommending a new housing advisory board to facilitate funding and public input on affordable housing, but doesn't want to mandate affordable units in future development projects, as advocates have asked. Council members requested a comprehensive report last month, as part of several ongoing efforts to address the estimated 28,000-unit gap.

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A Cincinnati council member wants the city to consider putting federal money from the latest COVID-19 stimulus plan in the affordable housing trust fund.

Cincinnati is set to get more than $290 million from the American Rescue Plan, which President Joe Biden signed into law last week.


In May, Cincinnati voters will decide on a proposed Charter Amendment that would give $50 million dollars annually to an affordable housing trust fund but the language that will appear on the May ballot is still under dispute. Supporter Josh Spring, executive director of the Greater Cincinnati Homeless Coalition, says the city needs 28,000 affordable housing units.

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Updated: Monday 11:45 a.m.

The Hamilton County Board of Elections has certified an affordable housing charter amendment, but the language that will appear on the May ballot is still under dispute.

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Cincinnati City Council has sent an affordable housing charter amendment approved by voter petitions to the May ballot with a new, longer summary. Council members voted 8-1 on the new ballot language Wednesday.

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A charter amendment likely to be on the May ballot would require Cincinnati to spend at least $50 million a year on affordable housing. Advocates say it's long past time to act, while critics say the impact on the budget would be devastating.

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A Cincinnati council member has moved away from a proposal to mandate affordable housing in most new development projects. 

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Cincinnati City Council members started investigating affordable housing Wednesday in the first meeting of a new subcommittee. Local experts say the city needs at least 28,000 additional affordable units.

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Hamilton County officials have approved a little over a million dollars in grants for affordable housing developments this year. The funds are going to four groups to build a total 146 affordable units.

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Cincinnati Council is exploring solutions for the 28,000-unit gap in affordable housing, and council members say the issue is a top priority. Advocates renewed calls to address the crisis this week as council approved a development in Over-the-Rhine without any affordable units.

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Updated: Wednesday, 6 p.m.

Cincinnati City Council voted 5-4 Wednesday to advance a controversial development at Liberty and Elm in Over-the-Rhine.

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A number of Cincinnati neighborhoods are seeing a resurgence in investment and interest from new residents. But that can sometimes mean long-term residents of communities like Walnut Hills find it hard to stay as rents increase and spaces become scarce. 

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Updated: Friday 10:30 a.m.

A major mixed-use development project at Liberty and Elm in Over-the-Rhine has been delayed for two weeks while City Council reviews the details and tries to work affordable housing into the project.

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Community leaders gathered at the corner of Liberty and Elm in Over-the-Rhine on Tuesday to voice their displeasure on a development project that's up for a vote in Cincinnati City Council on Wednesday.

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In Cincinnati and in cities across the country, people living paycheck-to-paycheck are finding it ever-harder to afford increasing rents as demand for housing near urban cores heats up. Those who can't keep up with increased living expenses are often left with few options.

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Prospective Cincinnati home buyers and those looking for help keeping their homes up to code may now have an easier time finding assistance. In September, members of City Council's Budget and Finance Committee asked for an analysis of city resources and how well they assist people.

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The Arts Apartments at Music Hall in Cincinnati's gentrifying West End is in for renovations and changes that will result in nearly 250 affordable and low-income housing for the next 20 years.

City Council unanimously approved a tax exemption last week to help finance the project.

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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.

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Cincinnati's Metropolitan Housing Authority is extending a moratorium on evictions again. The first extension took it to Sept. 1, but now lasts until the end of October. Spokeswoman Lesley Wardlow says the board of commissioners approved the extensions because of continued financial distress for some renters caused by the pandemic.


The Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA) will pay Hamilton County property owners a signing bonus after they agree to lease to tenants who are voucher holders.


Hamilton County has at least a 40,000-unit shortage of affordable housing, according to multiple studies. Meanwhile, rent has increased in Cincinnati by 43.6% in the last decade, according to Zillow.

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Cincinnati City Council has approved an incentive package and development agreement for a $50 million project to bring more affordable housing to Over-the-Rhine.