The Seven Hills Neighborhood Houses Center (aka Neighborhood House) at 901 Findlay Street in Cincinnati’s West End has been a social services resource and community gathering place since 1961. Housed in an 18,000-square foot building at Findlay and Baymiller Streets in Cincinnati’s historic West End, it is a daily safe-haven and second home serving approximately 2,500-3,000 at-risk children, teens, families, seniors, and disadvantaged citizens annually. Indeed, the West End is one of Cincinnati’s most socio-economically challenged areas being:
- Among the lowest life expectancies of Cincinnati’s neighborhoods (69.8, which is ≤18 years than others)
- The 4th highest infant mortality rate (IMR) in a city with one of the nation’s highest averages. At 19.2/1,000 births, the West End’s IMR is 3 times the national and twice Cincinnati’s average.
- The 4th lowest average income ($12,274) — about 25% below the poverty line
- Three of Cincinnati’s bottom ten socio-economic census tracts
- 33% of residents who lack a high school diploma in a community of 6,627 (Census 2010).
- Nearly 88% of the West End’s population are African American;
- 9% are female; 70% are single mother homes, compared to a 27.5% Cincinnati average.
- 4% are younger than 20; just 24.2% aged 25+ have a degree beyond high school
Mission: As partners in the communities we serve, we are dedicated to improving the quality of life of our neighbors.
Vision: To create health and prosperity for all our neighbors.
Strategy: Identify initiatives proven to mitigate both root causes and the symptoms of poverty, implement them at the Neighborhood House, elsewhere in the West End, and share our results broadly.
The Neighborhood House focuses on children and their families. This sets the Center apart from other West End social services entities. It is important that children feel loved at home. They are also loved within the Neighborhood House family. People who are loved and valued feel better about themselves. They accomplish more. Having a healthy life is equally important. Poor health, whether physical, emotional, mental, or dietary, is endemic to underprivileged communities. It impedes happiness, education, and employment. Prosperity is key to having health and to some degree to happiness. Prosperous communities have lower levels of health problems. Prosperous families don’t face the pressures that other families do. Good jobs are key to prosperity. Education and training are keys to well-paying jobs. The Neighborhood House principally serves residents of the West End, where it is located. It also served those from other nearby neighborhoods, including some who have moved, but still use the Neighborhood House’s services.