Central Ohio is experiencing a housing crisis. According to the Affordable Housing Alliance, 54,000 low- and moderate-income households in Franklin County pay more than half of their income towards housing costs. According to a 2018 study by the BIA, the region needs to build 14,000 to 21,000 new homes each year to meet demand. Instead, about 10,000 homes and apartments were added each of the past four years. In addition, the median sales price of a Columbus-area home last year was $260,000, nearly $100,000 more than it was five years ago, and the median monthly rent of a Columbus-area apartment is up $100 from a year ago. In November, voters approved a $200 million bond package for affordable housing.
At this lecture we will hear the latest about updated zoning codes, an expediated review process, the bond package, and how architects can take advantage of all of these programs and procedures to build affordable housing units.
The featured speaker is Erin Prosser, the Assistant Director of Housing Strategies for the City of Columbus. Erin brings nearly two decades of public- and private-sector experience leading the planning, development, and engagement for numerous high-profile projects. She most recently served as the director of community development in the Department of Planning, Architecture and Real Estate at The Ohio State University, where she oversaw the revitalization of Weinland Park – including the addition of nearly 500 affordable housing units – and the 7.5-acre redevelopment of the 15th Avenue and High Street intersection. Prior to her time with the university, she worked as a planner at MKSK Studios, a multi-disciplinary design and planning firm, and served as a planner for Franklin County’s Economic and Planning Department. She holds a master’s degree in city and regional planning from The Ohio State University and a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from Bowling Green State University.
This is a hybrid event with in person and online options available. Lunch will be provided for in person attendees.
February 21, 2023
Earn 1.0 LU|HSW *pending
The Center for Architecture and Design
50 W Town St, Suite 110
Columbus, OH 43215