Several housing developments designed for low-income Ohioans and people experiencing homelessness are underway in Ohio. Here are a few innovative new projects that got underway in the past few months:
Riverside Park Phase II: Originally constructed in 1944, this renovation project in Cleveland kicked off in June for a total of 203 units, going through the HUD Rental Assistance Demonstration Program. Funding sources include $1 million from the Ohio Housing Trust Fund and $500,000 from the National Housing Trust Fund, in addition to $1.6 in federal Low Income Housing Tax Credits. When complete, all units will have project-based subsidy under a Section 8 HAP contract.
Commons at South Cumminsville: This permanent supportive housing development leverages over $1.3 million in LIHTC for the new construction of a four-story, 80-unit building in Cincinnati targeting formerly homeless people with disabilities. All units will have project-based Section 8 vouchers provided by the Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority and services sourced from the Continuum of Care Strategies to End Homelessness. National Church Residences and Greater Cincinnati Behavioral Health Services will provide supportive services.
Forest Village Homes: This project opened earlier this summer following construction of six rental units in two single-story buildings in Yellow Springs, Greene County. In addition to $500,000 from the Ohio Housing Trust Fund, the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities committed to providing up to $116,000 to help finance the construction. Owner and developer Yellow Springs Home, Inc. will provide the Service Coordinator.
St. Joseph’s Commons: PIRHL Developers broke ground on this supportive housing development in Cleveland in June. In addition to $1 million in LIHTC, the 68-unit PSH project received federal HOME funding through the Ohio Housing Finance Agency and local sources. EDEN Inc. will manage the property and Front Steps Housing and Services, Inc. will provide mental health counseling, case management, behavioral health counseling, job training and job search assistance for formerly homeless residents. St. Joseph’s Commons received first priority designation by the Cleveland/Cuyahoga County Continuum of Care.
Homefull Family Living Center: Homefull recently opened this PSH development in Dayton after renovating six buildings with 34 units that have Project Based Section 8 vouchers. This project received top priority by the Montgomery County Continuum of Care and is funded with $600,000 in housing tax credits and $625,000 in federal HOME funds. Homefull will partner with a service provider that offers Medicaid-funded services, and work with the CoC to admit referrals from a coordinated entry system, and have a comprehensive community outreach strategy.
Source: OHFA Project Summaries.