Affordable Community for LGBTQ+ Seniors Opens in Cincinnati

The project is the city's first age-restricted affordable housing community of its kind.

John Arthur Flats Opening. Image courtesy of Pennrose

A partnership between Pennrose and Northsiders Engaged in Sustainable Transformation has opened John Arthur Flats, a 57-unit affordable senior community in Cincinnati’s Northside neighborhood. The $13 million redevelopment received LIHTC financing from the Ohio Housing Finance Agency. Additional backers included the City of Cincinnati, which provided HOME funding, as well as the Federal Home Loan Bank of Cincinnati through its Affordable Housing Program.

As demand for low-income housing is on the rise, John Arthur Flats offers an affordable living option for LGBTQ+ seniors, which, according to Pennrose, experience higher rates of housing discrimination and poverty. The company broke ground on the project in mid-2021 as the city’s first age-restricted, fully affordable community of its kind. The three-story building features a mix of studio, one- and two-bedroom floorplans. Units will serve residents earning between 30 and 60 percent of the area median income.

The community encompasses a resident lounge, a fitness center, an outdoor terrace, a picnic area, a wellness suite, as well as on-site laundry and management services. In-unit amenities include modern kitchens with dishwashers, ceramic-tiled baths and central A/C. Supportive services are also available at the property, including social programming, community events and medical care. These are provided by Pennrose Management Co., nonprofits Council on Aging of Southwestern Ohio and CAIN, as well as the metro’s AIDS Service Organization, Caracole.

Located at 4145 Apple St., John Arthur Flats is roughly 6 miles from downtown Cincinnati and less than a mile from the Parkers Woods Nature Preserve. An array of retail and dining options are within walking distance of the property.

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