In 2014, Cincinnati Union Bethel and The Model Group invited Christ Church Cathedral to join them in a partnership to develop and operate Cincinnati Scholar House (CSH). This project will be a fifty-unit apartment community designed to provide a stable living and learning environment for low income single parents and their dependent children, while the parent attends post-secondary classes that lead to full time sustainable employment.
Modeled on a Kentucky program with a 15-year track record of success, CSH will be an affordable housing development with on-site childcare, an early child education center, and common space for community activities and family supportive services. The overriding goal of CSH is to provide the opportunity for families to break the cycle of poverty and achieve transformative change through education — two generations at a time.
Cincinnati Union Bethel and The Model Group will be the general partners for the property, with The Model Group providing property management and Cincinnati Union Bethel managing the childcare and early education center. The general partners will provide substantial operating guarantees for the property and programming. The cathedral will work with the on-site programing manager to develop a pool of volunteers for a variety of support activities.
UPDATE JUNE 15, 2016: We were informed today that Cincinnati Scholar House was not awarded tax credit funding for 2016. While the proposal scored incredibly well, Scholar House ultimately did not receive the Low Income Housing Tax Credit needed to go forward.
So what does this mean now? While we are disappointed with this news, we remain committed to the Scholar House concept. We will be working closely with our partners Cincinnati Union Bethel and The Model Group to review the decision findings once they are received from the Ohio Housing Finance Agency.
Simply put, we share the sentiment put forward by The Model Group, that while we have not received the necessary funding award at this time, we are dedicated to bringing this critical project to fruition.
We will continue to keep our members and friends updated as we have more information to share.