Affordable housing is the number one issue for people experiencing homelessness. The search for safe and quality housing is a tremendous stress to low income working families.
This fact is one which compelled over 200 students, faculty, and staff to partner with Help Build Hope to build the walls of a new house in one of CHCA’s parking lots located at 8283 East Kemper Road in Symmes Township. Using only hammers and nails, the build took place in just one day on 4/21 before it was transported via flatbed to a local neighborhood. A three-bedroom ranch home was built for a family who will work with volunteers from Habitat for Humanity to finish the house. They will purchase the home at the cost of the remaining supplies, making it an affordable home for a family in need in Cincinnati.
CHCA juniors Caden Crawford and Finley Payne are Student Organized Service (SOS) leaders for Habitat for Humanity. Prior to the build, they organized fundraisers to help with the cost of the house materials. Once the home is established in its neighborhood, they plan to organize more volunteers to also help with the remaining work.
Student leaders stayed on site all day, leading groups of 6-8 students at a time. These leaders were: Caden Crawford, Marcus Daley, Jackson Davis, Veronica Gruba, Thomas Lawlor, Melody Mansurova, Colin Murphy, Lindsey Nelson, Finley Payne, Kennedy Puryear, Ian Salkil, Matthew Saxby, and Justin Vest.
“There is a need for tens of thousands of units of affordable housing in Greater Cincinnati. We have Cincinnati neighbors who are working hard at lower wages and struggling to find decent housing for their families. By working with Help Build Hope, our CHCA house building project was a hands-on service-learning opportunity, which put a hammer into the hands of our students and allowed them to participate in solving this challenging community need. With a great spirit of teamwork and cooperation, students built 40 walls of a three-bedroom house,” shared CHCA’s Upper School Outreach Coordinator, Karen Hordinski.
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