CMHA is Re-Imagining Affordable Housing
As you know, Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority is in the process of making a Bold Transformation that will preserve housing for the thousands of families served in Hamilton County. You cannot have a Bold Transformation without making a change in your mantra and that is what we are doing. Our long-time goal was to be “An Asset to Hamilton County” and that is still what we are striving to do however the approach is different. Our new mantra is “Re-Imagining Affordable Housing”. It ties in with the CMHA Gold Performance Standard, representing a new vision of how we provide affordable housing and rental assistance in our community.
In addition to the conversion and preservation of public housing through HUD tools like the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) the agency is taking an innovative and customer-centered approach to the work done in the housing industry and throughout Hamilton County. Customer service improvements include the Vendor Café, Resident and Property Owner Portals, Virtual Inspections, and the Tools for the Trades Program. The pending results will include more public-private partnerships, mixed-income communities, improved housing standards, new funding models, and economic and workforce inclusion. Re-Imagining Affordable Housing also includes the great work that is taking place in the West End with residents, partners, and community members working together on the Choice Neighborhood Planning for Stanley Rowe Towers, Row Houses, and Liberty Street Apartments.
We did not randomly select Re-Imagining Affordable Housing as the new mantra. CMHA staff was surveyed, feedback was provided and the list of mantras was narrowed down to five. Participants voted on the mantra they liked most and Re-Imagining Affordable Housing came out on top. It was created by staff and for staff.
Finally, I’d like to thank CMHA Commissioners Myles and Mitchell, CMHA staff, Cincinnati Bell COO Tom Simpson, Lincoln Heights Mayor Kinsey-Mumphrey, Councilmember Key, Village Manager Powdrill, and the residents and stakeholders who joined us for the ribbon-cutting ceremony at Marianna Terrace. Reducing the digital divide for families is critical in our community and we were able to share how we worked with Cincinnati Bell to help hundreds of families get connected to the world wide web. Another way we are Re-Imagining Affordable Housing.