The Community Building Institute helps communities organize their own redevelopment by tapping into the passion of their residents and identifying the physical assets of their neighborhoods.
The goal is to develop a coordinated plan of improvement that incorporates all the major elements a community needs to really thrive - housing, schools, health care, transportation, jobs and business.
The Community Building Institute presents itself as a partner for communities that are ready to grow into desirable and healthy places to live and work.
Mary Burke Rivers, director of an affordable housing nonprofit in Cincinnati, sees a growing crisis in the region's neighborhoods. Property owners are exiting housing subsidy or rental incentive programs at an accelerating rate. And in places such as Over-the-Rhine, owners are also seeing opportunities.