Post Date: 12/18/2020
Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority is excited to announce that it has won the highly competitive Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grant for the development of a plan that will reimagine the West End, with a focus on the future of Stanley Rowe Towers, Stanley Rowe Rowhouses and Liberty Street Apartments.
“We are thrilled to be selected for this prestigious grant, but the real winners are the residents of our communities,” said Chief Executive Officer Gregory D. Johnson. “The planning grant creates a pathway for Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority to upgrade the homes for our residents and allow them to remain in the West End so they can enjoy all the new amenities coming to the area with the current revitalization.”
The $410,000 Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grant will bring together CMHA’s vast network of residents and partners to co-develop a shared transformation plan that is transparent, innovative and focused on three task forces: Affordable Housing, Empowering People and Neighborhood Assets. In the congratulatory letter to CMHA, R. Hunter Kurtz, HUD’s Assistant Secretary for Public & Indian Housing noted, “HUD received 50 applications for the FY2020 Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grants competition from across the nation and awarded 11 grants totaling $4,910,000. You are to be commended for your efforts to develop a viable, feasible approach to plan for neighborhood transformation.”
Planning grants help local leaders craft comprehensive, homegrown plans to revitalize and transform neighborhoods. Robust community engagement efforts focus on three core goals: 1) Housing – replacing distressed public housing with high-quality housing; 2) People – improve outcomes of households living in the target housing related to employment and income, health and children’s education; and 3) Neighborhood – create the conditions necessary for public and private reinvestment in distressed neighborhoods to offer the assets that are important to families’ choices about their community.
Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority along with its residents and partners are committed to improving the quality of life in the West End. This Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grant will kick start the revitalization for CMHA families and partners in the West End with a potential impact that could resonate far beyond the borders of the community.