A majority of Cincinnati City Council voted today to give a development company over $1.356 million dollars in federal housing dollars for an affordable housing project in Pendleton.
But that is less than the $1.9 million the city administration had proposed for the plan to rehab 40 units in the neighborhood.
Some council members wanted to hold back $543,000 for a permanent supportive housing project in Avondale that would not have been available if the Pendleton developer, Wallick-Hendy Development had gotten the entire $1.9 million.
Cincinnati Council could vote later this month on an amendment for how it spends federal housing dollars. The proposal would shift $1.8 million dollars to an affordable housing project in Pendleton. That plan would rehab 40 units in the neighborhood.
But at least two council members want to know why this proposal could be funded, while a plan for permanent supportive housing in Avondale still has not received city dollars. That more than $500,000 request has been pending city review for nearly a year.
The launch of the StartStong initiative is the pilot for what may become a national model to lower pre-mature birthrates.
StartStrong is a geographically focused initiative to redesign healthcare delivery and reduce preterm birth rates. The program launched Tuesday evening, March 11 at Avondale Southern Baptist Church and is open to the public.
Cincinnati Council could vote Wednesday to withdraw support for a controversial housing project in Avondale. National Church Residences wants to build up to 100 units of permanent supportive housing for homeless and disabled individuals.
City Council approved a resolution in February supporting the group's effort to get low income housing tax credits from the Ohio Housing Finance Agency. Those credits have since been approved.