Thursday, March 15, 2001

Hamilton uses $300K grant for low-rent housing

By Earnest Winston
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        HAMILTON — City Council approved a plan Wednesday to donate a $300,000 federal grant toward the renovation of the historic YWCA building, creating 38 units of affordable housing.

        Also involved in the $3.6 million project are Neighborhood Housing Services of Hamilton Inc., Ohio Capital Corp. for Housing in Columbus, and Mansur Group Inc. of Indianapolis, which will develop the property at North Third and Dayton streets.

        “There's definitely a need to increase affordable rental units for large families and for single people, especially those that have mental disabilities,” said Carla Tipton, Hamilton's neighborhood development administrator.

        Ron Woolwine, executive director of Neighborhood Housing Services of Hamilton, said the YWCA of Hamilton building has deteriorated over the years. “After being contacted by the Y, we decided that this was a program we just had to do,” he said. “It is ----something that will provide another asset to the citizens of 0Hamilton ... It would have been a disaster if this building could not have been preserved.”

        Mr. Woolwine said some units may rent for about $300 a month, “and depending on the income level, it could be less than that.”

        Sibyl Miller, executive director of the YWCA of Hamilton, said timing of the renovation is tied to whether the project receives low-income and historic tax credits from the Ohio Housing Finance Agency.

        The YWCA operates programs in the building to provide housing, counseling and literacy training to women.


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