1. Educate local candidates and elected officials on the need for affordable housing and on AHA policy issues.
* The Cincinnati mayor and city council elections in 2013 are an opportunity to raise affordable housing issues.
* Prepare consistent education materials and talking points.
2. Continue with AHA's education campaign to increase public acceptance of affordable housing.
* Use the new AHA video and activate the Speakers Bureau focusing on youth and faith-based communities.
* Educate the public on the problem of family homelessness and its relation to the lack of affordable housing.
* Work to dispel the negative image of "Section 8 housing". Talk with opponents and look for opportunities to involve residents of subsidized housing in community discussions.
* Provide an opportunity for the private landlord community to engage in honest dialogue with advocates and nonprofits to find ways to work together to further AHA's mission.
3. Proactively raise affordable housing issues with community and economic development initiatives.
* Landbank decisions on disposition and development of properties.
* Neighborhood planning initiatives related to Form-based Codes.
* Place Matters community initiatives.
* Include need for more accessible housing.
4. Increase the funding available for affordable housing
* Educate foundations and United Way on housing issues.
* Work to increase government funding. Provide input to OHFA and HUD on local issues and ways to make their funding more responsive to local needs.
* Advocate for a local Housing Trust Fund, using an impact fee on new commercial and residential development.
Here's our updated 2011 Policy Agenda: 2011 Policy Agenda (pdf)
The 2006 Strategic Plan sets out our vision as well as outlines our goals and tangible objectives. Download the Strategic Plan (pdf file, size 1,200 kb)