On November 16, 2011, President Obama announced funding awards for new housing for very low-income seniors and persons with disabilities. Over-the Rhine Community Housing received a grant of $1,785,400 to build 15 units of senior housing in Over-the-Rhine.
The grant was issued by the Department of Housing and Urban Development through its Section 202 Housing for the Elderly Program.
The project will include a major rehabilitation of a significant, vacant, historic structure at 1500 Elm Street (corner of 15th and Elm), Cincinnati, Ohio.
This project will convert a vacant, historic structure into a community asset and enhance the lives of seniors in the neighborhood. On-site supportive services staff will be available to the residents.
First floor common areas will include a community room, laundry area, management office and a lobby/lounge space in addition to tenant storage space.
The site is located in the Washington Park area of Over-the-Rhine in close proximity to the newly renovated Washington Park, Findlay Market, Elm Street Health Clinic, and is on the Metro line and future Cincinnati Streetcar route.
Currently, there are no other projects dedicated to senior housing in Over-the-Rhine. This project diversifies and strengthens the current redevelopment efforts underway to reach this under-served population.