CEO’s Corner

Solutions to affordable housing problems exist

Readers of “Higher rents in city core push poor out” (June 4) may conclude that neighborhood concentration of poverty is intractable. But feasible solutions exist, and the Affordable Housing Alliance of Central Ohio, a group of local non-profit housing organizations, is working with community leaders on a plan to expand affordable housing options that will reduce poverty and support the economic success of our region.

There is cause for alarm: More than 54,000 Franklin County households living in poverty pay more than half of their income for housing, making them vulnerable to eviction and homelessness. All but one of the top 10 occupations in the region with the most openings don’t pay workers enough to afford a basic two-bedroom apartment.

The Alliance’s plan is based on proven policies and programs that work locally and in other cities. New public and private-sector investments in owner-occupied and renter homes, home repair and modification, and rent assistance linked with services will help to alleviate workforce shortages, enable seniors and people with disabilities to remain in their homes, and support neighborhood revitalization.

Quality, affordable homes are part of the community infrastructure and the foundation for Franklin County to become a top-tier region in which to live, work, and create jobs.

E.J. Thomas

President & CEO, Habitat for Humanity-MidOhio / Chair, Affordable Housing Alliance of Central Ohio

CEO CORNER - Habitat