Fair Housing... Everyone is Affected
Fair Housing is celebrated during the month of April because the Fair Housing Act was signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson on April 11, 1968. Some say it is the final great legislative achievement of the civil rights era. It protects all of us from discrimination whether renting or buying a home, seeking housing assistance or getting a mortgage. Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority provides affordable housing for all types of families including Veterans, seniors, and people with disabilities. We are working on ways to create more opportunities across Hamilton County. One plan includes the development of housing specifically for single parents who are working on their post-secondary education. The Northside Scholar House will knock down barriers for those parents by providing supportive services like childcare. By developing a variety of housing we are helping further the vision of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. whose fight and death is the major force behind the Fair Housing Act. I always keep his words in mind, ""Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality."
Congress is discussing ways to produce, preserve and retrofit millions of affordable homes across the country. So what could it mean for Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority and the families and businesses we serve? It will not only repair and increase affordable housing it will mean a significant economic impact for our community with job creation. Studies have shown that for every $1M spent on capital investment, $1.89M in economic activity is generated.
If the legislators do not move forward with a plan, please note that Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority will continue to find tools and resources that lead to greater opportunities for families to live a quality life. As you know, CMHA won the Choice Neighborhood Planning Grant to develop a plan that will revitalize Liberty Street Apartments, Stanley Rowe Towers & Rowhouses. The West End Choice Neighborhoods Task Forces kicked into high gear during the month. Residents, CMHA staff and partners held multiple meetings to begin the planning process. HUD's Choice Neighborhoods program promotes equity and social and economic mobility to create communities where families can thrive. They also recreate communities with a focus on promoting diversity and inclusion while providing access to opportunities for self-sufficiency. CMHA is working with a large pool of resources to make a greater impact in the West End where all people will benefit.
Furthermore, CMHA received funds in 2020 to help expand affordable housing options for families all over Hamilton County. Incentives were provided to property owners and I'm thrilled to inform you that nearly 400 families were assisted. Those dollars helped 25 Veterans, 26 seniors, 67 new voucher holders and 121 families with a disabled household member. Thank you to everyone who opened their doors for families in need. If you know a property owner interested in learning about the Housing Choice Voucher Program, invite them to attend a Landlord Orientation.