National Church Residences recently broke ground on a new permanent supportive housing community in Cincinnati’s South Cumminsville neighborhood. The Commons at South Cumminsville will be a high-quality, affordable housing community that will provide 80, semi-furnished, one-bedroom units to the formerly homeless and/or disabled individuals. The $12 million project is expected to be completed in the fall of 2020.
“Our mission in this new community is to provide a stable home for our residents so they’re in a better position to achieve goals related to self-sufficiency,” said Mark Ricketts, president and chief executive officer of National Church Residences. “We will help connect them to the types of assistance and care they desire in order to improve their quality of life.”
This Housing First approach is designed to help empower residents to become healthy, stable and members of the community by improving their physical, mental and financial health. One of the ways the organization works to achieve this goal is to have residents participate in the Make It Happen program, an employment/engagement initiative that requires residents to become employed, enroll in educational training or engage in community volunteer service. The objective is to help each resident achieve independence.
“Given recent homelessness statistics in Cincinnati, the need for permanent supportive housing is critical,” said Matt Rule, senior vice president of development at National Church Residences. “We have served formerly homeless and disabled veterans for more than a decade and our experience has led to us to develop an understanding of the challenges facing these individuals.”
Strategies to End Homelessness will identify prospective residents through their coordinated entry system. Clients will be assessed and placed on a prioritization list from any of the participating shelters, street outreach programs in the Cincinnati area. Each resident will receive a project-based rental assistance voucher from the Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority.
Every unit at South Cumminsville will be equipped with an intercom and security system that includes an electronic key to access the apartment. Residents will have access to on-site supportive services, such as social workers, vocational and educational instruction, as well as social activities and a front desk. The building includes common areas such as a laundry room, classroom, fitness center, medical home suite, meeting room, and a resource center with computer and internet access.
Working in Neighborhoods will serve as co-developer on the project. WIN has assisted low and moderate income residents in Cincinnati since 1978. The South Cumminsville Community Council will serve as the neighborhood sponsor. The general contractor on this project is Model Group, a Cincinnati-based company with a passion for revitalizing urban neighborhoods.
In addition, National Church Residences wants to recognize the financial partners that made this project possible: Ohio Housing Finance Agency, KeyBank, HOME Funds from City of Cincinnati, Federal Home Loan Bank of Cincinnati, Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority, The Home Depot Foundation and Strategies to End Homelessness. In addition, the organization wants to recognize its supportive service partner Greater Cincinnati Behavioral Health Services. An event will be held to celebrate the groundbreaking in the future.
National Church Residences’ innovative Permanent Supportive Housing program originated in Columbus, Ohio, and has successfully expanded to other cities in Ohio and Georgia.
About National Church Residences
National Church Residences serves more than 42,000 seniors through its array of housing and health care services. The not-for-profit organization is driven by a vision of advancing better living for all seniors, enabling them to remain home for life. With 340 communities in 25 states and Puerto Rico, it is the nation’s largest not-for-profit provider of affordable senior housing and the largest manager of service coordinators. The organization also offers residential senior communities, home and community-based services, as well as permanent supportive housing for the formerly homeless and disabled. For more information, visit us at NationalChurchResidences.org and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.