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Housing

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The Goal:

Offer an adequate quantity and diverse mix of housing choices – in terms of size, price, type, transit accessibility and location – within communities throughout the region, and maintain and improve the quality of the housing stock in every community in the region, whether newer developments or older neighborhoods, owner-occupied or rental.

Opportunity Areas

Stabilize and Revitalize Housing Stock Throughout the Region
Improve Housing Afforability

Affordable housing is often misunderstood and seen as undesirable by many communities. The appropriate measure for housing affordability is the housing cost burden, or the percentage of a household’s income spent on housing. Households spending more than 30 percent of their income on housing have an excessive cost burden.

Policy Recommendations

What’s Being Done

Increase Housing Availability that Supports Equity and Upward Mobility

As housing costs have increased in recent years, efforts to address and improve housing issues in the region have been led by many organizations across the region. The Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) Greater Cincinnati recently developed strategies for Cincinnati and Hamilton County in their Housing our Future report.

Policy Recommendations

What’s Being Done

Improve Transportation Access and Services for Residents

As a result of separated-use development patterns, commercial retail operations and fixed transit systems are predominantly located along arterial corridors and neighborhood cores, away from many residential neighborhoods

Policy Recommendations

What’s Being Done

Investing in Community & Neighborhood Quality

The region receives roughly $25 million in annual HUD funding through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME programs. To receive funding, jurisdictions must be covered by a Consolidated (Housing) Plan that examines community development and housing needs.

Policy Recommendations

What’s Being Done