• Help Share Price Hill’s Story

    Everyone has a story. Are you willing to share yours?

    Cincy Stories just opened their second Story Gallery in our very own East Price Hill on Warsaw Ave. Cincy Stories is a nonprofit organization whose goal is to create community through storytelling.

    “Stories allow for walls to come down and empathy and understanding to be built in their place. Stories are the key to relationships and relationships are the key to community. With personal story, Cincy Stories hopes to build a deep community of listening, understanding and empathy. Whether through our monthly live storytelling events, short documentary videos, or community engagement work we know that stories do sacred things and simply want to take part in the hearing and telling of our collective stories.”

    Street Stories is a project of Cincy Stories. Their website states, “Street Stories was started as a way to both archive the stories of Cincinnati’s many neighborhoods as well as provide avenues for individuals to have a voice by sharing their story. We believe that stories are the key to empathy and understanding. It is our hope that through this project we can continue to build a better Cincinnati filled with neighbors and friends who realize that our neighborhoods are better served when our stories are shared.”

     On their website, you can watch specific street stories by clicking on your particular neighborhood in an interactive map. The first neighborhood of this project is Walnut Hills. Twenty-one street stories are currently on their website. You can also listen to their first Podcast, watch a film on George Smith, the winner of the ReelAbilities Film Festival Cincinnati 2017, and watch Live Stories by Margarita Gonzalez, Alex Stone, Rachel Byrd, Janice Curry, and more. If you would like to make a donation or volunteer, you can sign up on the website; current equipment needs are listed. Don’t forget to keep tabs on the Upcoming Events to see when the next Gallery Opening Party or a Live Stories series is. Click on the News tab to read articles written about this project by news channels like WCPO, WVXU, WNKU, WLWT, URBANCINCY, and CityBeat.

     The Price Hill neighborhoods are on the list of street stories yet to tell! If you’re from East Price Hill, West Price Hill, or Lower Price Hill, and you want to submit your story to the team, go to: www.cincystories.net/story-workshop. The Cincy Stories Outline Worksheet will take you through the basic structure of storytelling – including a story intro, complication/inciting incident, conflict, climax, and resolution/conclusion.

     Help us show the rest of Cincinnati why the Price Hill neighborhoods are amazing – because of the people in them. You never know how many people you are inspiring and how your words will impact a life. Consider sharing those times of trouble, heartbreak, and utter destruction in order to prove that these moments force us to grow. How did you overcome your struggle? What gave you hope? What were the words you wish you had heard earlier?

     Let’s inspire each other, be brave, bold, and vulnerable, and share the stories that make us who we are.

    Watch the recent Street Stories and submit your own at: www.cincystories.net.    

  • Home Sweet Home

    We’re building up our community one house at a time.

    Price Hill Will’s Homesteading Program began in the fall of 2015. This program works hard to provide access to homeownership for families and individuals who would not have the opportunity otherwise. The success is due to our partnerships with several social service agencies: LISC of Greater Cincinnati/NKY, SC Ministry Foundation, Legal Aid Southwestern Ohio, Catholic Charities of Southwestern Ohio, Working in Neighborhoods, Santa Maria Community Services, and the Hamilton County Land Reutilization Corporation (land bank). Currently, two families are involved in the program, and two more houses should be occupied soon. According to Jay Kratz, the Director of Real Estate Development at Price Hill Will, two houses have been prepared for homesteading families. “So far no major rehab has been necessary. The homesteading families do the cosmetic fixes to the home and perform routine maintenance tasks,” explains Kratz. When asked what makes this program so unique, Kratz responds, “The Homesteading program aims to save and stabilize homes and place them with owners (as opposed to renters) who cannot obtain conventional financing due to lack of credit history, immigration status, or other issues. The candidates are carefully screened and trained for homeownership.”

    Here is the breakdown of the Homesteading Program Process:

    • The home is identified, donated, or purchased for a minimal price from the Hamilton County Land Bank or an existing owner. The house is acquired as inexpensively as possible. Homes should be in one or two targeted areas that have the most potential for improvement. They should be properties that are strategic to a corner or block, and they must be able to be rehabbed within the organization’s cost limits.
    • The house is then brought up to code compliance and occupancy standards through all necessary repairs.
    • Families and potential applicants are screened for home improvement skills. The family is put on a waiting list until a home is available that fits their needs and family size.
    • A match is made – Yay!
    • In order to overcome challenges with financial stability and/or ability to meet financial obligations, Santa Maria Community Services performs a general assessment of the property. After this, the potential homebuyers meet with Working in Neighborhoods (WIN) to complete a budget assessment, financial management training, and homeownership classes.
    • Next, the new owners meet with the real estate development staff here at Price Hill Will to discuss expectations about future repairs and maintenance needed.
    • A contract that lists further home improvements and requirements is signed.
    • PHW holds the title to the home while the new homeowner repays the cost with monthly payments over five years. No interest is charged, but interest is offset in the sale price if PHW should have to borrow initial funds. Payments including taxes and insurance are no more than 25% of monthly income.
    • Homeowners are responsible for all repairs, upgrades, and maintenance of the home. The contract signed allows PHW to inspect the home periodically to ensure compliance.
    • To ensure success, Santa Maria or Catholic Charities continues financial case management and is available to mediate if a problem arises.

    Through this program, not only are families getting the chance to become home owners, renovate their house, take pride in their work, and become integrated into the community, but this also allows the overall neighborhood housing values to rise by demonstrating what can be done with the properties. The nightmares of renting or paying for an overpriced home or dealing with a predatory landlord are over. Instead, we want you to instill pride in your new property and feel a sense of belonging in the community. A recent home owner shows her pride in her house by painting the interior, cleaning up the yard, planting flowers and vegetables, and stabilizing the foundation. A little care can go a long way. This is a step which makes our neighborhoods more beautiful and proves that we can turn our properties into homes we are both grateful and proud of. 

         

                                                    

    Contact Jay Kratz, Director of Real Estate Development, today and start your homeowner search! 

    Jay Kratz

    (513) 251-3800 x 102 

    Jay@Pricehillwill.org 

  • Time to Get Growing!

    Are you a lover of fresh juicy strawberries, beautiful perennials, and community involvement? Get involved in one or more of our community gardens! Here’s the run down of our gardens and garden programs…

    • People’s Community Garden
      • Location: Price Hill Rec Center
    • Beech Avenue Community Garden
      • Location: Beech Ave, across the street from Seton High School
    • Roberts Academy Garden
      • Location: 1702 Grand Avenue
    • East Price Hill Community Garden, Turner Farm
      • Location: 956 Purcell Avenue
    • Grow It Forward
      • Location: In your yard!

     

    There’s three Lower Price Hill Gardens…

    • Victory Gardens
      • Location: Next to Community Matters on St. Michael Street
    • Sassafras Garden
      • Location: Neave Street
    • Aaron Raines Memorial Garden
      • Location: West 8th Street

    We’re growing this summer and want you grow with us!

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    At the People’s Community Garden, managed by the Rec Center, you can work on your own plot or help with one of the communal beds, and then use the sports facility or swimming pool all in a days’ work. (Fun fact: This was Price Hill Will’s first community garden).

     

    Price Hill Will manages Roberts Academy Garden and Beech Avenue Community Garden. Interested in growing strawberries, plums, peaches, perennials, cherries, and foods you can’t find in the store (ever heard of a Giant Fuki or Sea Kale)? We have work days which you can come learn more and start on your plot:

               -Tuesdays from 3:30-6:30pm at Roberts Academy Garden

               -Thursday from 3:30-6:30pm at Beech Avenue Community Garden

               -The second to last Saturday of the month from 10am-2pm at Roberts Academy Garden

               -The last Saturday of the month from 10am-2pm at Beech Avenue Community Garden

     

    Grow It Forward Gardens is a decentralized community garden in Price Hill. Chris Smyth, Sustainability Coordinator, describes this program, “We go to people’s homes, help them put a garden in at their home, something small and manageable for them and for us, and in exchange the idea is that they help three other people throughout the next couple of years.” Did we mention it’s free? The hope is that after you’ve helped others in a variety of gardening contexts, you know a good chunk about gardening, Smyth explains. Through this program, we hope to make gardening easier and more convenient for you, while also inviting you to learn more and help plant others’ home gardens.

     

    The East Price Hill Community Garden, part of Turner Farm, or “Price Hill Community Garden” as Smyth calls it, will be the largest garden in the area. The community garden is located near the Price Hill Recreation Center and the Price Hill Public Library, so it is widely accessible to many. Some classes offered here include urban agriculture training, gardening classes, and experiential in-garden training.

     

    Looking to be involved? Here’s a list of ways to enhance your green thumb.

    • Coffee Hour, a program for moms and kids through Santa Maria and the International Welcome Center, often participate and attend our work days. Check this out!
    • Community Matters hosts Garden Parties in the Sassafras Garden every Friday from 2:30-4:30pm.
    • Come to our work days! (Dates, times, and locations listed above).
    • Come to the many classes offered at the gardens, such as recipe swaps, cooking classes, and gardening classes.
    • In the Fall, Grow It Forward will be starting a new program where they will go to people’s homes and build a garden for the spring in 30 minutes, tops. Interested in helping build or a little backyard renovation? Contact Chris Smyth.
    • Like us on Facebook at Price Hill Will and our Grow It Forward page.

     

    Contact Chris Smyth with inquiries or more information.

    Chris Smyth

    Sustainability Coordinator

    Chris@pricehillwill.org

    (513) 251-3800 x 111

     

    Time to Get Growing!

  • Make it an All-Star Summer! Concert in the Square music series continues…

    If you attended the first concert of our Concerts in the Square Summer music series, then you know that it was full of great music, sunny weather, blowing bubbles, endless laughter, and warm company. There were kids running around, throwing the ball to their siblings in a game of keep-away, hula-hooping with My Nose Turns Red Youth Circus, and guest’s bodies were outlined on paper in a quick and easy anatomy lesson with the Cincinnati Museum Center. It’s Just Science showed off with some experiments and mind games, while Hannah’s Henna offered intricate and detailed hand henna. With all the vendors – there was a ton to do and see, while listening to the smooth jams provided by our very own locals, Cookin’ Hearts. Cookin’ Hearts is an alternative folk band based right here in Cincinnati, Ohio. The quartet showed us what true folk music sounds like, and let’s just say we loved every minute and screamed for an encore twice!

    Up next in the series is Comet Bluegrass All-Stars on June 16th. The band was first assembled as the Sunday night house band at The Comet, a pub in Northside, Cincinnati, and since then they have opened for big acts like Sam Bush, Blue Highway, Del McCoury, Peter Rowan, and Ricky Skaggs. So… are you ready for some banjo?  

    Join us again in St. Lawrence Square for some Summer fun with your Price Hill community. Bring the whole family and your neighbors too! We recommend packing a blanket or chair, and extra cash to buy snacks.

    Thanks to ArtsWave and SC Ministry Foundation for making this series possible.

    Here is the lineup for the next part of the series:

    June 16th: Comet Bluegrass All-Stars
    June 30th: Lee’s Junction Big Band
    July 14th: Mark Utley and Bulletville
    July 28th: Tracy Walker Band
    August 11th: Coastal Club (formerly Local Waves)
    August 25th: Harpeth Rising
    September 8th: The Tillers

     

    Contact Samantha Conover at Samantha@pricehillwill.org or call (513) 251-3800, ext. 105, for more information.

    As always, thank you for your continuous support of our beautiful Price Hill neighborhoods. 

    See you there!