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Roberts 1 Create More Affordable Housing for Downtown Cincinnati We all dream of one day owning our own home, whether it is a house, apartment, or condominium. Owning your own home is part of the “American Dream” that many families and couples can only hope for. With our failing economy it has becoming increasingly difficult for families to achieve this dream, or even rent a home. According to the National Low Income Housing Coalition, “nearly 95 million Americans have a housing affordability problem” (Favro 1). The cost of living is increasing so many families, especially low-income ones, can barely afford to pay house payments. Some cities are beginning initiatives to help these low-income families afford housing while others simply turn the other way and build more housing for people that can afford it. Cincinnati is becoming one of those cities that have shied away from building low-income housing. I have lived in Cincinnati my whole life, all 18 years, and have seen this problem continue without anything being done. This is especially evident in Over the Rhine, a low-income neighborhood in downtown Cincinnati where the housing is falling down and the whole area itself is just run down. The only bright spot for business is the Findlay Market, which brings customers from all over the city. However, the families who live there clearly cannot afford to fix up their homes or even pay their rent. Many landlords are notorious for neglecting the upkeep of their properties. While ideas have been brought up at City Council to fix this continuous problem, nothing permanent is being done. Recently, the Hamilton County Sheriff Simon Leis had deputies who patrolled and brought down crime but it has faded because of budget cuts. I strongly believe that the officials in Cincinnati need to create more affordable housing for low-income and poverty-stricken families. The Unites States population has increased nearly 100,000,000 over a time span of 30 years starting in 1970s (Favro 2). Despite this huge increase, the number of affordable housing
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Roberts 2 units being built has decreased from 5 million to only 2.2 million (Favro 2). If the population has increased so significantly then why hasn’t the amount of affordable housing? That is one big issue in why people these days cannot find reasonably priced housing. According to the Affordable Housing Advocates of Cincinnati, families with an income less that $30,000 a year
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