Oct 29, 2020

Addressing Housing Gaps

An architectural rendering of a new accessible apartment building. The building has three floors and a ramp in the front.
Two images of single-family homes with brick exteriors and overgrown landscaping. They are a single story ranch home.
We recently partnered with the Housing Network of Hamilton County on developments to respond to critical housing gaps in our community. One project, located in Madisonville, will provide housing for those who have difficulty finding a place to live in the traditional housing market. The other project, located in Spring Grove Village, will provide respite housing. Both buildings will be licensed settings owned by the Housing Network with HCDDS serving as the license holder. 

Once complete, the Madisonville project on Bramble Avenue will provide housing for 16 individuals with disabilities. This substantial investment in the community will ensure people with disabilities have a safe, affordable, and accessible place to call home. When we purchased the building, the previous owner demolished 75% of its interior. The Housing Network will complete interior renovations to provide updated, quality living spaces, including new HVAC and the addition of sprinkler systems. Exterior renovations will include the removal of balconies from the front of the building, the addition of a ramp to provide access to the second floor, and landscaping improvements. Construction is expected to begin in late fall and conclude next summer.

The Spring Grove Village project on Hand Avenue will provide a respite housing option for families in Hamilton County. The location includes two single-story buildings that face each other. Once completed, each building will have four accessible one-bedroom units and a shared one. The Hand Avenue homes will provide both planned respite and emergency respite services. We plan to open this location before the end of this year.

We recently issued a request for a provider to operate the locations and selected the providers to operate each location.

Total Homecare Solutions (THS) will operate the Bramble Avenue development in Madisonville. THS has an established reputation for supporting people with developmental disabilities, including those will various behavior support needs. THS is also a leader across the state of Ohio in providing remote support services.

ViaQuest will operate the Hand Avenue development in Spring Grove Village. ViaQuest has extensive experience operating similar respite housing locations in Ohio and brings a depth of knowledge to their operation at this location. In addition, they are a certified mental health provider and are skilled in supporting people who are engaged with multiple systems.

We’re excited to work with THS and ViaQuest to provide high-quality supports and respond to critical housing gaps for people in our community.

These projects reflect the commitment we made in our Strategic Plan. As part of our dedication to innovative solutions, we pledged to support creative and inclusive housing options. By taking the initiative to address housing gaps in our community, we’re providing more options for people with disabilities and their families in Hamilton County.
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