Changing Lives, Communities and Affordable Housing
Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority works with partners to find ways to create and change affordable housing, change communities and change lives. Stable housing is the foundation needed to make those changes while helping to build lives for our area’s most vulnerable populations.
CMHA continuously works to provide an adequate supply of quality affordable housing for persons of low and moderate incomes while also supporting Hamilton County neighborhoods. I’m excited to inform you that we have started construction of Bennett Point. Urban Sites, our partner and general contractor, is building a combination of low- to moderate-income and workforce housing in the Pendleton neighborhood. The 56 apartment units vary in size from 1 to 3 bedrooms, and a commercial laundry facility on the first floor of the building will serve the neighborhood. Bennett Point will foster a diverse and inclusive community by allowing families to take part in the ongoing economic revitalization of Pendleton and the adjacent neighborhood of Over-the-Rhine.
Re-imagining affordable housing goes beyond building new quality homes for families, it also embraces partnerships. Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority created the vision for Bennett Point and sought out partners who believed and supported that same vision. Berardi+ is the architect behind Bennett Point, which is being funded in part due to generous contributions from the Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr. Foundation, Greater Cincinnati Foundation, The Clement and Ann Buenger Foundation, The George and Margaret McLane Foundation, The Johnson Foundation and Hamilton County CARES. Traditional partners for the development include HUD, the City of Cincinnati, Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing, Ohio Housing Finance Agency and Key Bank.
As you know, evictions are a normal yet taxing part of the property management landscape. Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority is working with partners on a new program that will benefit CMHA families, our staff and the community by providing a resource to our residents that could help reduce the number of evictions due to non-payment of rent. HomeStart’s Renew Collaborative could potentially preserve the tenancies of families not only here in our community, the new venture could mark the beginning of a program that works for the state of Ohio. I look forward to sharing more information about this life changing endeavor.
Lastly, I’d like to say congratulations to the 2022 Tools for the Trades graduates. Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority along with RWB Construction and Lowe’s joined our combined resources and skills together to benefit people interested in changing the course of their lives. Eleven men and women decided to take advantage of a special opportunity and now they have new tools to use and control their destiny.
Gregory D. Johnson, MS, EDEP, PHM
Chief Executive Officer