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College Hill Project Provides Homes, Improves Neighborhood

Working In Neighborhood’s eight-year collaboration with the College Hill Housing Team continues to make remarkable progress! As part of WIN’s mission to empower people to improve their lives and their neighborhoods, the College Hill project has targeted the Cedar Avenue corridor for housing development that includes both new and rehabilitated construction.

1549 Ambrose Avenue
1549 Ambrose Avenue

Nine homes have been completed and sold to first-time homebuyers. The most recent Cedar Ave. rehab was just sold this October, and one on Ambrose Ave. is currently for sale. Both of these two-bedroom rehabbed homes feature original hardwood floors, energy-efficient systems and appliances and are available to buyers who meet certain income qualifications.

Several additional units are in the predevelopment process, including one new construction. Hope Wilson, Director of WIN’s Housing

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Quad Parishes Volunteers

Development, notes that this home in particular, will provide an alternative and complement with the 2014 Citirama project, also in College Hill.

Construction financing for these projects has come from PNC Bank, Cincinnati Development Fund, College Hill Presbyterian Endowment Fund and the Seton Enablement Fund. Grant funding has come from the City of Cincinnati. The CDC Association has provided some operating support. In addition, WIN has received generous support from private donors.

These homes can be offered below cost to buyers of modest incomes because of the many generous volunteers who have donated well over 1000 hours demolishing garages and porches, doing yard work, repairing fences and retaining walls, painting and many other jobs. These volunteers have come from groups such as the LaSalle High School Foorball Team, Xavier University students, the Quad Parish Group in Wisconsin, the Catholic Heart Work Camp, and Crossroads Community Church as well as from the Fifth/Third Bank, Proctor and Gamble and General Electric.

Among the recent buyers of WIN homes in College Hill are a married couple with three young children, a single mother with school-age twins, a couple from the neighborhood who needed to bring their mother to live with them, and a family with a teenage son who have already made more improvements to their new home.

Improving Neighborhoods

IMG_0067Working In Neighborhoods empowers people to make informed choices for themselves and their neighborhoods through community building, home ownership, and economic learning. During 2013, WIN staff and volunteers, working with our community partners, carried out that mission in a variety of ways. Here are some highlights of accomplishments during our 35th Anniversary Year.

Economic Learning

  • Provided energy education to nearly 600 families
  • Conducted financial literacy workshops for 60 clients
  • Provided Ohio Benefits Bank Assistance to 63 clients

Community Building

  • Trained new neighborhood leaders and provided additional training for established leaders
  • Worked with the South Cumminsville Community Council and trained a core of leaders
  • Worked with the South Cumminsville Action Team to recruit 184 people to work on the Beekman Street Corridor Project

Homeownership

  • Conducted homebuyer classes for 160 clients
  • Provided individual counseling to 85 people to prepare them for homeownership
  • Conducted a Homebuyers Club for 22 clients
  • Through WIN’s housing counseling and the Save the Dream Ohio program, saved 340 homes from foreclosure
  • Started construction on 4 new units and sold 6 completed units to first-time homebuyers
  • Over 400 volunteers provided nearly 2,000 hours of service for WIN’s programs

 

Volunteer Spotlight: The Anniversary House

Old Timers Llewellyn Rehab ProjectFor at least 10 years, the men of Little Flower’s Old Timers softball team have been volunteering with Working in Neighborhoods. These guys have done everything from pouring concrete and demolition to painting and building fences, porches, and decks–usually during four to six-hour “barn-raising blitzes.”

This year, the Old Timers are working to complete a whole-house rehab project within a year at 3753 Llewellyn Avenue. The home is located in the neighborhood of South Cumminsville and is a three-story wood frame structure built in the early 1900’s.

The Old Timers have recruited help from the Little Flower Men’s Society and others from their parish and beyond who want to make a difference. “Service is part of our discipleship,” noted volunteer Paul Ross.”It’s putting our faith into action and reaching out beyond our parish,” added Jerome Gabis.

The house has also been adopted by two local businesses who are generously volunteering their labor and expertise: Cooper Electric and Robert Jones Plumbing.

The Old Timers are taking on all of the inside work but the plumbing and electrical, arriving in crews of 10-15 persons per volunteer day, completing demolition,  framing, insulation, dywalling, laying carpet, and painting. Volunteers from Marquette University and Catholic Heart Work Camp have also lent a helping hand. For more information about the “35th Anniversary House,” contact Samantha Reeves at (513) 541-4109 x. 127.