Left to Right: Front Row: HNHC CEO Gina Gehm, HCDDS Superintendent Leia Snyder, Rep. Catherine Ingram, HNHC Board Chair Melanie Beck, Springdale Mayor Doyle Webster, Commissioner Denise Driehaus, Rep. Jessica Miranda, Rep Sedrick Denson. Back Row: OHFA Director Legislative Affairs Guy Ford, FHLB Senior VP Damon Allen, KeyBank District President Michael McCuen, DODD Director Kim Hauck

In collaboration with Inclusive Housing Resources, The Housing Network of Hamilton County officially opened its Freedom Homes development with a ribbon cutting on Friday, January 7. With the addition of Freedom Homes there are now 12 new apartments specifically designed for those searching for an accessible, affordable housing opportunity in Hamilton County.

The Freedom Homes development consists of three buildings totaling 12 one-bedroom units located across three municipalities. A four-unit building is located on Cottonwood Dr. in Springfield Township, W. Sharon Rd. in the City of Springdale, and Werk Rd. in the City of Cincinnati. 

All 12 units are fully mobility accessible and feature numerous amenities such as extra-large roll in showers, substantial storage, and in-unit laundry hookups designed to uniquely serve those with developmental disabilities. 

“Freedom Homes has been a true labor of love and we are very excited to bring 12 new accessible housing opportunities to the community,” said CEO Gina Gehm. “We are so grateful to our partners and funders who helped bring this project to life.” 

HNHC partnered with City Studios Architects and Graybach to design and construct these units. Funding was available because of our partners at the Ohio Housing Finance Agency, State of Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities, Hamilton County Community Development, Hamilton County Developmental Disability Services, the Federal Home Loan Bank, KeyBank, Cincinnati Development Fund, and the Corporation for Supportive Housing.

Ohio State House Representatives, Catherine Ingram, Brigid Kelly, Jessica Miranda, and Sedrick Denson presented staff with a proclamation recognizing the vision and foresight that became Freedom Homes. Representatives from several key partnerships spoke during the ceremony and participated in the ribbon cutting. 

The most exciting part of Freedom Homes is that 12 more individuals in Hamilton County will have housing that meets their financial, physical and location needs.