A development to help house homeless and the disabled is
coming to Avondale.
It's called the Commons at Alaska, and will sit on Alaska
Avenue in Avondale. It will have 99 units that are designed to provide
permanent, supportive multi-family housing.
There is now some debate over the facility.
An issue over building the facility came up at city hall on
Monday during a Budget and Finance Committee meeting. The project was
actually approved months ago, but now, it's been put on hold by committee
members for two weeks. During that time, a mediator will come in and try
to bring all sides together and find a resolution.
"We know that the answer to
homelessness is housing. We believe that every human being deserves a
right to have housing, and that housing is the foundation to the rest of our
lives," said Josh Spring of the Greater Cincinnati Homeless Coalition.
Spring works with the
homeless on a daily basis. His group has supported the project from the
But, in the Avondale
neighborhood, not everyone agrees. Some think it could attract the wrong
kind of people to their streets.
"I don't think it's a good
idea because there will be criminals in the area and there will just be a lot
more going on," said Keon Stearns, who lives in Avondale.
The thought of having nearly 100
low-income housing units is something some Avondale residents say is a welcomed
addition to their neighborhood.
"It will help a lot of
homeless people, especially the ones that have the children. Those are
the main ones. It's a good idea," said Brenda Powell, an Avondale
At the Greater Cincinnati
Homeless Coalition they say they hear one thing from people who walk through
"I just want a home that I
can be proud of. That's always the answer. Always the answer. So, we know, that folks that are desperately in need this, and want this,"
Spring told FOX19.
The city will pay $5,000 for the mediator. The project
was given the green light a few months ago.
The one bedroom, one bathroom apartments incorporate
affordable housing, and provide support services to its residents through a
partnership with Greater Cincinnati Behavioral Health Services.