Price Hill apartment residents move back into updated Cincinnati MHA housing

Date Published: 
September 7th, 2021

From WKRC 12 Cincinnati:

A nine-story apartment building that provides hundreds of affordable housing units is getting a major facelift. The Pinecrest building in Price Hill hadn't been updated since the '70s.

The work is part of a $1-billion transformation project through the Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority. CMHA is using tax credits to get the work done without raising the rent.

Crystal Strange feels like a kid on Christmas, showing off her brand-new apartment.

"I've never been in a place where all the appliances have never been used once," said Strange.

Strange has been homeless and lived in a one-room efficiency. Now, she has enough space for her friends to hang out comfortably in her very own living room.

"I can afford this place. I can probably afford to get out into the community now. At my old apartment, I didn't have no money to go nowhere," said Strange.


CMHA said it used a 4% FHA housing loan to complete the renovation. New laundry units, elevators and mail space were put in without any raise in the rent, which is 30% of the residents' income.

"Through these public-private partnerships, it's the best way to be able to provide that where families don't; the rent doesn't increase," said CMHA CEO Gregory Johnson.

Read WKRC's article "Price Hill apartment residents move back into updated Cincinnati MHA housing."

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