Local non-profit hopes to improve affordable housing in Miami Valley

MIAMI VALLEY — The National Low Income Housing Coalition reports that minimum wage workers cannot afford to rent a two-bedroom home of apartment across the country. In the Miami Valley, a local non-profit it working change that.

The 2019 Memorial Day Tornadoes left the Miami Valley with a shortage of single-family homes. Adam Blake, Vice President of Housing at non-profit CountyCorp said about 1,000 naturally occurring units were destroyed and have yet to be replaced, making it even harder to find affordable housing.

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“Everyone sees nice apartment units coming up in downtown Dayton, but those are not affordable to working families,” Blake told News Center 7′s Candace Price.

Housing experts said affordable housing requires that no more than 30 percent of income go towards housing and utilities, but Blake said working families are paying anywhere between 40 and 70 percent of their income.

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City and community leaders hope to make an impactful change with the federal resources for disaster recovery and pandemic response funding that is coming to Dayton. Blake said the city of Dayton is working to use that money to build new affordable housing.

“There’s a consortium of non profit affordable housing providers that are coming together and working to advise the city on the best to invest those dollars to help with this problem,” Blake said.