In April of 2012 The Community Builders and local partners including the City of Cincinnati, Avondale Community Council, Avondale Comprehensive Development Corporation, Cincinnati LISC, Urban League, Cincinnati Public Schools, Center for Closing the Health Gap, Avondale Coalition of Churches Uptown Consortium, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, Gabriel’s Place, and Place Matters Initiative of Greater Cincinnati submitted an application for a Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grant for the Avondale neighborhood to HUD. In December of 2012, HUD awarded $29.5 million in 2012 Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grant for Cincinnati’s Avondale neighborhood. The partnership received the only 2012 grant awarded to a private or nonprofit sponsor.
What is Avondale Choice?
The Avondale Choice Neighborhoods Initiative will ensure that Avondale is a better neighborhood for all to live, work, play and worship. A group of community leaders and organizations who care about Avondale are working together to build better housing, increase student achievement and improve access to job opportunities for families. Avondale Choice partners are joining forces with Choice families and the community, with everyone contributing to enhance the neighborhood.
Over five years, Avondale Choice and The Community Builders will restore or rebuild nine apartment buildings on or near Reading Road between Blair Avenue and Shuttlesworth Circle. The Avondale Comprehensive Development Corporation will work to involve residents in neighborhood safety, community civic organizations and prioritizing neighborhood investments.
Avondale Choice, the Urban League, Cincinnati Public Schools and Center for Closing the Health Gap will help Choice families find work, continue education and become leaders; promoting early learning experiences, giving kids help in school and helping parents access healthy food, healthcare and family support.
Together, residents and community partners are working to make certain that Avondale is a neighborhood of choice for all.