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Cincinnati, OH, December 3, 2020 – FC Cincinnati has made a $200,000 donation to The Port of Greater Cincinnati Development Authority (The Port) for the future development and/or support of affordable housing initiatives in the West End. Affordable housing development will be done in partnership with Seven Hills Neighborhood Houses.

This contribution brings FC Cincinnati’s total investment in housing-related initiatives in the West End to $450,000, including:

“Our goal has always been to be a good neighbor which is why we continue to support affordable housing initiatives in the West End. I applaud the work of Seven Hills Neighborhood Houses and The Port in the West End and we are pleased to support initiatives for equitable development,” said Jeff Berding, President, FC Cincinnati.

“We have said from the start affordable housing must be a part of the growth in the West End,” said Laura N. Brunner, President and CEO of The Port. “This additional funding from FC Cincinnati allows The Port, in collaboration with Seven Hills Neighborhood Houses and neighborhood stakeholders, to deliver on our efforts to build thriving neighborhoods with a range of housing options to benefit the entire community,” Brunner continued.

In 2018, the West End became a focus neighborhood for The Port. Through its role in financing the FC Cincinnati stadium, the Port works with the West End’s community development corporation (CDC), Seven Hills Neighborhood Houses, on equitable development.

“Seven Hills Neighborhood Houses is pleased to partner with the Port and FCC to ensure affordable housing remains in the West End,” said Alexis Kidd, Executive Director of Seven Hills Neighborhood Houses, Inc. “This effort will require greater synergy and investment, but this is definitely a great start from two great partners. We welcome other investors to join with us in preserving opportunities for all in the West End.”

It’s #GivingTuesday! If you’re able, please consider donating to Seven Hills Neighborhood Houses – Findlay Street Center as we work with our neighbors to build a stronger community!



Come and see Santa at his workshop on Saturday, December 19th from 4 – 6pm. Join us for holiday fun, photos, crafts and cocoa! Weather permitting, this free event will take place at the Sands Park at the corner of Baymiller and Livingston. Thank you FC Cincinnati Foundation for sponsoring.

The West End neighborhood is home to one of the most vulnerable populations in the City of Cincinnati. Major developments have increased the vulnerability of this community and exposed numerous residents to gentrification and tax increases. The results from the 2019 Housing Study of the West End neighborhood have shown that 44% of the neighborhood residents are at some level of risk of displacement.
We need your help to continue to educate residents on their rights, create advocacy for price appropriate housing, help with rental assistance, and assist low income homeowners with home improvements and repairs.
Join Seven Hills Neighborhood Houses as they host their first ever Home Sweet Home – Golf Scramble on October 17th, 2020. The golf scramble is a fundraiser aimed at raising money to go to community driven housing projects in the West End of Cincinnati.
Individual players: $60
Teams of four: $250

Join us for our VIRTUAL EZZ FEST 2020 Run/Walk event. Ezz Fest may be different this year but we can still come together in a safe way to celebrate Ezzard Charles and the rich history of the West End! Be sure to share photos online using the hashtag #EzzFest


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United Way of Greater Cincinnati has helped her and our region to thrive. Neighborhood House and staff are featured in the video and we are proud to be a United Way partner.