A roundup of recent local and national articles focused on affordable housing:

April 27, 2021 – WCPO: What’s the problem with affordable housing in Greater Cincinnati, and how can the region solve it?

  • “If you have a financial crisis, or you have to get a car repair or there’s something emergency that comes up, if you’re paying more than 30% of your monthly income and you are, you know, making less than $50,000 a year, that’s something that really in real dollars can be catastrophic,” said Kristen Baker, executive director of LISC of Greater Cincinnati, which has studied the problem.

April 26, 2021 – WVXU: What does ‘affordable’ housing mean in Cincinnati?

  • “In all the discussion about housing, things get complex quickly. Federal and local subsidies for housing are riddled with acronyms and formulas that can be confusing at first glance.”

April 20, 2021 – Pasadena Now: Pasadena’s ADU Program Listed Among Nation’s Top 10 Best Affordable Housing Ideas/Innovations

  • “However,” the statement continues, “helping homebuyers navigate the process, financing, and ensuring that these new units support affordability has been a challenge. The Pasadena Second Unit ADU Program provides ‘Comprehensive Assistance’ for financing, designing, permitting, and constructing a new ADU in the city of Pasadena to provide housing for very low-income Section 8 households that could be a model for cities nationwide.”

April 14, 2021 – USA Today: Biden’s infrastructure plan calls for cities to limit single-family zoning and instead build affordable housing

  • U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Marcia Fudge told USA TODAY that the administration’s plan would support communities looking to undo housing practices that too often discriminate against people of color. “The result of this sort of investment will be critical to increasing housing options for low- and moderate-income families,” Fudge said.

April 8, 2021 – Local 12: Habitat for Humanity to rehab three West End rowhouses for affordable housing

  • “The development will help to preserve unique architecture in Cincinnati’s West End while creating much-needed affordable housing units in the area. Representatives from governmental and non-profit organizations worked with private sector partners to make this vision a reality.”

April 2, 2021 – Alexandra Apartments allowed to keep affordable housing status

  • “Dozens of elderly and disabled residents of the Alexandra Apartments are breathing a sigh of relief after the Walnut Hills Redevelopment Foundation closed on the building in a sale that allows it to keep its affordable housing status.”