May Design Lecture 2022: Solutions to Address Affordable Housing

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Join us on May 17 for the May Design Lecture!

*In-person registration is closed but you can still attend online via Zoom

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. The problem is so severe, Mayor Ginther is proposing a $150 million bond issue to fund affordable housing.

At this session we will hear from Erin Prosser, the new Assistant Director of Housing Strategies for the City of Columbus, on her plans to tackle this issue and how architects can be part of the solution. In a recent press release Prosser said, “Central Ohio is at a critical inflection point, and the city we become will depend on the decisions and policies we implement now and in the coming years. Affordable housing is a passion for me. I am excited to join this all-hands-on-deck undertaking to create and grow diverse, thriving, and sustainable communities across Columbus”.

Prosser has worked as a planner for MKSK and Franklin County as well as for the Ohio State University’s Department of Planning, Architecture, and Real Estate.

This lecture will be a hybrid event.

April 12, 2022 at noon

Earn 1.0 LU | HSW
Member: Free
Non-Member: $10

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