Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority announces exciting news about winning a grant that supports the agency’s bold transformation of affordable housing. The Economic Development Initiative award of $2,000,000 to CMHA was announced by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on March 2, 2023.
The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2023 contains nearly $3 billion in Economic Development Initiative funding for the purpose of making Community Project Funding/Congressionally-directed grants. CMHA submitted an application to Congressman Brad Wenstrup (OH-2), who nominated the Hamilton County Affordable Housing Project (EAST) to HUD. Congressman Wenstrup said, “I believe it’s also important to recognize that each community has unique affordable housing needs, and I am happy to see this project move forward to help those in need of quality affordable housing. It is great that our country has these safety nets, and we can help Americans lift themselves out of poverty by making sure affordable housing is available for those who qualify.” The grant funding will be used to fully renovate 15 CMHA affordable housing units scattered on the east side of the county, including the communities of Anderson and Mount Washington.
Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority is committed to providing quality affordable housing. Over the past 12 years, CMHA has utilized HUD tools and public/private partnerships to generate the funding for construction work. The agency has invested more than $50 million to create new affordable housing and over $133 million to preserve and sustain housing for Hamilton County families. Once all renovations are completed the bold transformation will mean more than $1 billion has been invested in Hamilton County. After receiving the news of the award, Gregory D. Johnson Chief Executive Officer of CMHA said, “Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority is reimagining affordable housing to improve our community, improve the lives of our residents, and preserve the current housing stock that is much needed. This award acknowledges the hard work we are doing to improve affordable housing and the recognition is greatly appreciated.”