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Council President Ginther Supports the Creation of New Affordable Housing Units in Columbus

For Immediate Release 
October 20, 2015

For More Information:
John Ivanic, (614) 645-6798

Columbus City Council President Andrew J. Ginther is joining local housing advocates in a push to create 27,000 new affordable housing units in Columbus and Franklin County in the next 10 years. Ginther announced his support for the plan, being led by the Affordable Housing Alliance Central Ohio, during a meeting with the South Side Housing Strategy Group at the new Reeb Avenue Center. Both groups are working to increase housing options in Columbus. 

“I am pleased to commit my support to the Affordable Housing Alliance of Central Ohio, and I am excited about the opportunity to help lead a collaborative effort to close the affordable housing gap overtime, not overnight,” said Ginther.  “The Southside Housing Action Plan embodies many of the solutions to increase the stock of affordable housing citywide, and serves as a model to help neighborhoods develop housing initiatives that contemplate the strengths and challenges individual neighborhoods face.”

The Alliance is a coalition of 11 housing organizations that include:

  • Affordable Housing Trust of Columbus and Franklin County
  • Buckeye Community Hope Foundation
  • Columbus Metroplitian Housing Authority
  • Community Development for All People
  • Community Housing Network
  • Community Shelter Board
  • Creative Housing
  • Habitat for Humanity-MidOhio
  • Homeport
  • National Church Residences
  • Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing

The group says its data shows an affordable housing shortfall of 54,000 units for households experiencing poverty, workers who earn less than a housing wage, and the growing population of seniors. The Alliance is looking to increase investment in workforce housing for people with low-wage jobs and address the housing needs of the growing population of seniors. The Alliance wants to achieve its goals by establishing a local rent subsidy program, offering incentives to increase rental housing, and developing more permanent supportive housing units.   

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