What does home mean to you?
Housing is a human right
Passing this initiative will mean 500 more homes for families who are currently spending more than they can afford for their housing. It will mean less gentrification. Less displacement. More stability for individuals, essential workers, and families who currently struggle against the inhumane and unethical policies that allow real estate developers and property managers to issue 30-Notices to Vacate.
This initiative is a housing opportunity for someone staying in their car, or living temporarily in a motel room. When the minimum wage does not raise to match the increasing cost of living, when the standard expectation is for some people to work multiple jobs to pay for housing, it is time for the community to initiate change. This Affordable Housing Trust Fund ballot initiative is the type of change that Cincinnati needs. As you will learn from listening to people who have experienced housing insecurity in Cincinnati, everyone needs a place to call home.
Our stories of struggle
Rudy is a 49 year old living in Over the Rhine. As a child, his family frequently moved. In his adult life Rudy struggled with addiction. He connected with Over-the-Rhine Community Housing for support, and he is now on his recovery journey. He is very thankful to the Over-the-Rhine community for providing him with these things and the ability to live within his means while he stays focused on his recovery. Rudy intends to give back to his community one day to help others who might be in need. This is the promo length video of his story. The full length video is here.
Rosalyn is a 28 year old single mother living in Norwood with her young son. After her son was born, she needed a safe place to live to raise him. She quickly learned how difficult it is to find a space in a family shelter in Cincinnati. Her pediatrician referred her to Lydia's House, who placed Rosalyn into a space quickly. Although she had often felt like she was at a dead end, Lydia’s House gave her a support system and she finally felt like she had arrived home. This is the promo length recording of her story. The full length is here.
Donny is 62 years old and moved with his mother from Florida as a child. He has lived in Cincinnati since then. In 2012, his housing near Liberty and Walnut Street was bought by a developer, and although he was paying his rent each month, he was forced to leave through unjust eviction policies. Donny then began to live outside, and for several years, slept outdoors. His journey finally brought him to the drop in center, and from there, into transitional housing. Donny says now that he wants to feel safe, and he doesn’t want any others to go through the same experience that he had. Read the full story here.