HOME and Partners Announce Roadmap to Address 40% Gap in Black Homeownership in Cincinnati and Hamilton County
Wednesday, October 18, 2023 – HOME and a group of more than 30 partners published the Roadmap for Increasing Black Homeownership in October 2022. Black homeownership in the Cincinnati Metro Area is around 34%, while white homeownership is approximately 74% — a nearly 40% gap. This gap is one of the worst compared to other cities across the country, and is also getting worse over time.
The Roadmap for Increasing Black Homeownership proposed six key policy recommendations that would increase Black homeownership and preserve existing Black homeowners:
Expand lending to Black and low-income homeowners that is fair and non-predatory
Establish a loan and grant fund to support existing low- and moderate- income homeowners
Modify zoning to be more inclusive
Provide property tax relief to low-income homeowners in neighborhoods where property values are rising at a rate above the Countywide average
Modify tax abatement incentives to support Black homeowners and homeowners in neighborhoods experiencing weak housing market performance that include a significant number of Black households
Create an independent, transparent monitoring process
Current endorsers of the Roadmap for Increasing Black Homeownership include Action Tank, Cincinnati Affordable Housing Advocates (AHA), Cincinnati Development Fund (CDF), Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA), Cincinnati NAACP, CincyWorks, Community Action Agency, Community Building Institute, Community Matters, Easterseals, Found House Interfaith Housing Network, Fifth Third Bank, Greater Cincinnati Foundation, Greater Cincinnati Homeless Coalition, Greater Cincinnati Realtist Association, Greenlight Fund, Human Services Chamber, Legal Aid Society of Southwest Ohio, Local Initiative Support Corporation Greater Cincinnati (LISC), Metropolitan Area Religious Coalition of Cincinnati (MARCC), Over the Rhine Community Housing, Price Hill Will, Santa Maria Community Service, Strategies to End Homelessness, Talbert House, UpSpring, Urban League of Southwest Ohio, Working in Neighborhoods, YMCA, YWCA, and Zillow.
The recommendations and specific initiatives highlighted in the Roadmap for Increasing Black Homeownership draw from existing reports and plans including LISC’s Housing Our Future report, the Fair Housing Assessment for Cincinnati and Hamilton County, and the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber’s Embracing Growth Principles for Regional Housing.
In October 2023, HOME is releasing The Road So Far, a status update on the Roadmap. The Road So Far is a summary of the current landscape of efforts and highlights immediate action items to increase and preserve Black homeownership in the Cincinnati region. The report finds that over the last year, progress has been made on both policy and funding. Elected and appointed officials at the City of Cincinnati and Hamilton County are clearly more focused on Black homeownership than in years past.
To see the full version of The Road So Far, please click here
For a full version of our Roadmap please click this link: https://homecincy.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/10/HOME-Roadmap-to-Black-Home-Ownership-Report-10-12-2022.pdf